Grinde tosses no-hitter, one-hitter

Eighth grader-to-be Chase Grinde pitched a no-hitter against Mabel-Canton on July 10 before tossing a one-hitter in a rare win at Hokah on Friday the 13th as Little League baseball returned to competition following the holiday-week hiatus,

The varsity girls and B-team boys added several tournament basketball games to their usual summer league schedule.



LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

SG 11, Mabel-Canton 1

It ended after three innings due to the 10-run rule, following a far different script than the Lions' previous 5-4 win versus the Cougars.

Grinde struck out six and issued only four walks in his no-hit mound mastery. Seven Lions had base hits, six of whom had more than one. Brock Schuttemeier hit 3 for 3 with a double.

Catcher Jordan Jaster went 2 for 3 with a home run and a triple. Grinde (2 for 2) added two doubles.

Kai Bjerke also hit 2 for 2 while both Devon Nerstad and Tobias Leahy went 2 for 3. Adin Solum completed the 14-hit attack.

SG 470 =11 14 0

MC 100 = 1 0 2

In the second (non-league) game, SG fell 6-5. the Lions rallied from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead before the Cougars scored the tying and winning runs in the final inning.

SG 6, Hokah 1

Grinde fanned eight batters and walked only two while allowing only one hit.

At the plate, there were two home runs - a power blast over the left field fence by Jaster and a three-run inside-the-park poke by Grinde (2 for 3).

Bjerke batted 2 for 3 with a double while scoring two runs. A Solum single was followed by a two-RBI single from Noah Elton as SG (6 wins, 2 losses) broke it open with six runs in the third inning.

Elton turned in the defensive dazzler with a great ground-ball grab and throw at third base.

It was the Lions' first win over Hokah since 2010.

SG 116 00 - 8 7 0

Hk 000 10 - 1 1 2

Left on base: SG 3, Hokah 2

In the non-league second game, SG won 9-8 but had never led until scoring three times to overtake Hokah in the top of the final fifth inning.

Hokah was one out away from victory when Solum walked and Schuttemeier singled. Both scored to tie the game when Nerstad reached base on an error. Nerstad stole second, went to third on the overthrow and scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch.

`There was some excitement involved as the Lions held off the home team in the bottom of the inning. With only one out, Leahy behind the plate threw out a runner at third base with Reese Crouch applying the tag.

A double and a walk put the tying run on third base with only one out. With runners on first and third, it ended with Schuttemeier turning in an unassisted double play at first base.

The defensive gem was a diving catch by Solum in center field.







PEE WEE BASEBALL

Hosting several area summer recreation programs on July 14, one Spring Grove squad won two and tied one while another Lion assemblage won one and dropped a pair.



BOYS BASKETBALL - VARSITY

Viroqua 35, SG 32

With just under four seconds remaining, a whistle blew as SG was driving in for a tying basket. Traveling was the call; there would be no tying bucket, no free throws. Viroqua added the final point with a free throw with 1.6 seconds on the clock.

A few other Lion turnovers had allowed the Blackhawks to score the final nine points of the first half. SG lost a 12-11 lead, trailed 20-12 at the break and never caught up.

SG (7-3, 2-2 league), down by as many as 10 points, began a gradual recovery. Hopes soared when Dustin Vickerman buried a trey to make it a 33-32 deficit with 0:37 on the clock.

With 16 seconds remaining, Viroqua hit one of two free throws to set up the Lions' final ill-fated opportunity.



BOYS BASKETBALL - B-TEAM

The B-boys were 6-1 after a fourth straight summer league rout on July 12 and taking two out of three games at a Saturday tournament in Winona hosted by Cotter.

SG 50, Sparta Team Three 21

It was 16-2 before the Spartans scored their first field goal. It was a 28-14 double-up at halftime.

Five Sparta freshmen-to-be could not slow down a SG lineup consisting of one sophomore, two freshman and seven eighth graders.

The Spartans' lone scoring advantage came at the foul line where they were 7 of 12 compared to the Lions' 4-for-7 result.

A tall, athletic Spartan was a combination post player, point guard, shot blocker, rebounder and press breaker who scored 14 of his team's 21 points.

Cotter Tournament

The Class A Lions were able to subdue a pair of Class AA clubs but could not quite keep up with a tall Class AAAA entry.

It was a ninth grade bracket, but there were only two Lions that old.

Rochester Century 38, SG 31

The Panthers had a decisive height advantage at all positions. Despite hitting 10 of 11 free throws, SG was down 25-15 at halftime.

A few field goals began to fall as SG outscored Century 16-13 in the second half. But the final eight-point spread was as close as it got.

SG 52, Kingsland 18

The Lions raced out to a 12-2 lead, and the outcome was never in doubt in the consolation semi-finals.

SG 43, St. Charles 38

After four tie scores and a couple of lead changes in the fifth-place game, SG edged ahead for good with a Chase Grinde three-ball just before halftime.

The Saints trailed by as many as eight points three times in the second half before closing in at 38-36 with over four minutes remaining.

The knockdown blows were a rebound basket and a trey. both by Elliott Cross, which gave the Lions a 43-36 lead with 3:30 on the running clock.

Jordan Jaster took a charging foul to seal the hard-fought win with 32 seconds to play.



GIRLS BASKETBALL - VARSITY

The Spring Grove varsity closed a busy week with a 7-7 summer record after a pair of league losses before splitting six games at the Wartburg Tournament on July 12 and 13.

Two league losses closed the round robin portion of league play with the Lions tied in second place with Logan, each at 4-2. Onalaska finished on top at 5-1 by virtue of last week's July 10 win against SG. The Lions take the no. 2 seed into this week's league tournament.

Onalaska 29, SG 18

The Lion offense never got going en route to an 18-5 halftime deficit. The greatest spread of 15 points came before SG used a couple of Addison Cross three-pointers to score six of the final eight points.

The Hilltoppers had a height advantage both inside and out and were also athletic enough to exert an effective full-court defensive press.

Holmen 34, SG 23

The Lions trailed by 11 points in the second half before battling back within two points at 23-21. Frustrated by the SG's change to a zone defense, the Vikings opted to hold the ball for the final four minutes. Holmen thus expanded a three-pint lead into a final 11-point spread.

SG suffered through another slow start offensively. The Lions were outscored only 17-14 in the second half, but had looked up at a 17-9 halftime hole.

Wartburg Tournament

Cascade 42, SG 18

Cascade shot well and frustrated the Lions with full-court defensive pressure.

SG 38, Benton 32

Improved ball handling allowed the Lions to lead throughout.

Union 37, SG 19

The Knights had a height advantage inside and scored outside with four three-point shots

Union High School is in La Porte City, Iowa.

SG 48, Charles City 36

Coach Russell Larson said it was the Lions' "best game of the summer."

SG 36, West Hancock 24

The Lions closed pool play with a 3-2 record. West Hancock is in Britt, Iowa.

Kennedy 40, SG 30

SG was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Cedar Rapids school.



GIRLS BASKETBALL - B-TEAM

SG 36, Rushford-Peterson 18

The junior varsity girls easily completed a summer-series sweep of the winless Trojans (0-8).

Winona 24, SG 16

Winona gained a season split with SG as league play ended with the Winhawks nailing down second place at 6-2 and the Lions slipping into third at 5-3. Holmen finished first at 6-1 to secure the top seed in the season-ending tournament.

Winona 36, SG 24

There were alternating scoring streaks and droughts as the teams met again as the second and third seeds in the tournament on July 15.

A pair of traditional three-point plays by Elizabeth Johnson fueled an 11-point Lion run that put SG up 22-12 in the first half. But that would be the high point for the Lions who would not hit another field goal.

The Winhawks were back within four points (22-18) at halftime and would outscore SG 24 to two free throws in the second half.

The Lions' summer season ended with a 5-4 record, all at Viterbo.