Niko Anderson led off the game against GMLOK with a walk, this stolen base, and the first run of the game for the Falcons in their 8-1 win over the Bulldogs.
Niko Anderson led off the game against GMLOK with a walk, this stolen base, and the first run of the game for the Falcons in their 8-1 win over the Bulldogs.
Behind the complete-game pitching of senior Jake Tammel, and the timely hitting of junior Niko Anderson, senior Dan Gatzke and senior Nick Ebner, the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro baseball team improved to 2-1 for the season with an 8-1 win over rival neighbor Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland.

Tammel had a fine showing on the mound for the Falcons, going the complete seven innings, allowing just three hits, three walks and one run, while earning his first win of the season. Tammel struck out five and gave up just one earned run.

At the plate, leadoff hitter Niko Anderson went two-for-three, while scoring a run and picking up one RBI. Anderson also reached base with a walk. Batting in the third spot, centerfielder Dan Gatzke also went two-for-three, with a double, and knocked in three runs, while scoring one. Nick Ebner, the clean-up hitter, was most efficient with his at-bats. Ebner had just one hit, but also had three RBI.

Junior Andy Love reached base three times on two errors and hit-by-pitch, and converted all of those on-base chances into runs. Junior Clay Olson, senior Cal Larson and senior Cody Hendrickson all reached base with a pair of walks each. Hendrickson scored a run and Larson added a sac-bunt to his resume'. Junior Nick Powell had a base hit, walk and scored a run in the win for FCL. Junior Josh Jones pinch-ran for Larson and scored one run.

Defensively, the Falcons had another solid game. No errors were committed by the infield of Cody Hendrickson (third), Niko Anderson (short stop), Garrett Boggs (second) and Cal Larson (first). The outfield of Nick Ebner (lf), Dan Gatzke (cf) and Nick Powell (rf) was just as solid. Gatzke chased down a long fly ball off the bat of Trenton Bleifus to end the third inning. The battery of Olson (c) and Jake Tammel (p) only had one wild pitch and no passed balls.

All-in-all, it was a great team win for the Falcons.

Scoring by innings:

GMLOK 0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 1-4-2, LOB 6

FCL 2-0-1-3-0-2-x = 8-6-0, LOB 8

Last Friday the Falcons were 10-runned by Lewiston-Altura, 19-9, at LA. The Falcons got their nine runs on six hits, six walks, one hit batter and one L-A error.

Dan Gatzke had a pair of hits for FCL, including a triple and a double, along with scoring two runs and knocking in one. Also getting hits were Cal Larson (2 rRBI, run, HBP), Josh Jones, Andy Love (double) and Jake Tammel (double, 2 RBI, walk).

Niko Anderson reached base with three walks and converted two of those into runs. Clay Olson scored a run and had one RBI, Nick Powell had an RBI and scored one, and Cody Hendrickson scored a run and reached base with a pair of walks.

The pitching was done by Josh Jones (1.1), Cody Hendrickson (2) and Kirby O'Connor (1). The Cardinals scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning, with just one out, thus just 4.1 innings (4 1/3). The pitching staff gave up 16 hits, seven walks, two hit-batters and struck out one.

"Not enough practice outside in the field led to some misplayed balls," said first year coach Keith Larson. "That will improve as the season progresses. These kids are giving it their all, and seem to be having fun along the way."

This past Tuesday the team traveled to Southland for a double-header, Thursday they host Rushford-Peterson, Friday they go to Wabasha-Kellogg and Saturday they have a game at Chatfield (11 a.m.). Busy week for the Falcons and the remaining weeks of the regular season are just as hectic.