Tanner Gran scores on a passed ball as pitcher Kirby O’Connor awaits the throw for Fillmore Central/Lanesboro. Standing aside is C/SG batter Harrison Speltz. JON SPELTZ/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Tanner Gran scores on a passed ball as pitcher Kirby O’Connor awaits the throw for Fillmore Central/Lanesboro. Standing aside is C/SG batter Harrison Speltz. JON SPELTZ/SPRING GROVE HERALD
On May 5, the Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball squad traveled to Southland suffering a doubleheader setback. The following evening brought a winning trip to Rushford. Finally, the Warriors swept Fillmore Central/Lanesboro in a home twin bill on May 8.

C/SG at Southland, game one

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Sou 000 250 x - 7 8 2

State-ranked No. 3 Southland had to come from behind to win the first game of the double header 7-4 but exploded early in the run-rule nightcap.

C/SG led 4-0 in the fourth inning of game one, but Southland scored the final seven runs. Warrior errors played a key role as all the Rebel runs were unearned.

The first four Southland hits did not produce a run, but the last four did with help from shaky Warrior fielding. A five run fifth put the home team up for good.

C/SG had only four hits off senior Taylar Swartz who struck out 8 and walked only one. But the Warriors did put a pair of hits together along with that lone walk and a Rebel error to score three runs in the third frame.

C/SG added another run in the next inning with a double from Joe Pettit, an error and a sacrifice bunt from Tanner Gran. Harrison Speltz added another two-bagger in the fifth.

Rebel lead-off batter Trent Reinartz was the only player with 2 hits (2-4, double, 3 RBI).

LOB: C/SG 4, Sou 9

Stolen bases: C/SG 2, Sou 0

Pitchers - C/SG: (LP) Lidstrom 4.2 IP, 7R (0 ER) 8H, 6K, 1W

Langen 1.1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 1W

Pitcher - Sou: (WP) Swartz 7 IP, 4R (2 ER) 4H, 8K, 1W

Extra-base hits: C/SG 2 doubles,

Sou 1 double

Hits - C/SG: Lampert 1-3, 2 RBI, run, sb; Speltz 1-3, dbl; Pettit 1-3, dbl, run; Schultz 1-4, run. (Gran run, sac, sb)

Hits - Sou: Reinartz 2-4, dbl, 3 RBI; Josh Anderson 1-3, rbi; Landherr 1-3, RBI; Swartz 1-3; Kloeckner 1-4, 2 runs; Reuchel 1-4, run: Heimer 1-4, run.

C/SG at Southland, game two

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C/SG 000 10 - 1 4 2

"Two big innings did us in, one in each of the games," C/SG coach Dave Konz said later about the 11-1 loss. "We never quite recovered from those two innings.

C/SG "hosted" game two, which got out of hand right off the bat. Southland scored eight unearned runs in the first inning and went on to win 11-1.

Nearly half (4) of the Rebels' 9 hits came in the first frame as did both Warrior errors and 3 walks.

Two Southland runs in the top of the fifth would be just enough to invoke the 10-run rule after C/SG stranded two runners in the bottom of the inning.

Once again, the Warriors managed only 4 hits. Senior starter Isaac Kloeckner issued only one walk to C/SG. That plus back-to-back hits from Elliott Cross and Pettit (double) put C/SG on the scoreboard in the fourth.

After going 0 for 3 in the first game, Southland senior Lukas Anderson hit 4 for 4 in the nightcap with a triple and 4 runs batted in.

The Warriors slipped to 3-5 while league-leading Southland remained unbeaten after 11 games.

LOB: C/SG 7, Sou 6

Stolen bases: none

Pitchers - C/SG:

(LP) Gran 0.2 IP, 8R (0 ER) 4H, 2K, 3W

Elvik 4.1 IP, 3R (3 ER) 5H, 5K, 2W

Pitcher - Sou: (WP) Kloeckner 5 IP, 1R (1 ER) 4H, 4K, 1W, 1 HB

Extra-base hits: C/SG double,

Sou triple

Hits - C/SG: Burg 1-1; Twite 1-1; Pettit 1-2, dbl, RBI; Cross 1-2

Hits - Sou: Lukas Anderson 4-4, trpl, 4 RBI, 2 runs; Gray 1-3, 2RBI; Kloeckner 1-3, RBI; Swartz 1-3; Webber 1-4, RBI, run; Reuchel 1-3, 2 runs; (Finbraaten 2 runs, J. Anderson run, Reinartz run)

C/SG at R-P, May 6

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RP 000 000 0 - 0 4 6

"We rebounded well from the two losses the night before to Southland," Konz said. "Even though we didn't have a lot of hits, we did hit the ball pretty solid all night." The Warriors blanked Rushford-Peterson, 5-0.

C/SG only out-hit their hosts 5 to 4, but the Warriors bunched hits together, committed fewer errors and issued fewer walks.

While Trojan hits all came in different innings, three of C/SG's 5 hits came in succession while taking a 3-0 lead in the third.

With one out and one on base (walk), TJ Schultz doubled to right field - the only extra-base hit of the game. Next came RBI singles from Colton Lampert and Speltz.

C/SG added two runs in the sixth with a single from Seth Twite, a sacrifice bunt from Gran, two stolen bases by Schultz, a walk, a wild pitch and an error.

The only batter with two hits was R-P junior Wesley Trejo, but no Trojan base runner advanced past second base.

Three Warrior pitchers combined to strike out 4 and walk only one. Gran (3K, 1W) pitched the first five innings and picked up the win.

The Warriors committed 2 errors but also executed a pair of double plays. The outstanding grab came with first baseman Kyle Sorenson using all of his 6-foot-7 frame to stop a line drive.

The shutout was the first of the season for C/SG while the Trojans remained winless after 11 games. Combined with a previous 9-1 home win, the Warriors swept the conference series. It was the eighth straight win for C/SG over R-P.

LOB: C/SG 5, R-P 5

Stolen bases: C/SG 5, R-P 0

Pitchers - C/SG:

(WP) Gran 5 IP, 0R, 3H, 3K, 1W

Langen 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 0W

Bauer 1 IP, 0R, 1H, 0K, 0W

Pitchers - R-P: (LP) Stensgard 6 IP, 5R (4 ER) 5H, 3K, 4W

Sand 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 0W

Extra-base hits: C/SG double,

R-P none

Hits - C/SG: Gran 1-2, sac: Schultz 1-3, dbl, 2 runs, 2 sb; Lampert 1-3, RBI, run, sb; Twite 1-3, run; Speltz 1-4, RBI; (Langen 2 sb)

Hits - R-P: Trejo 2-3; Stensgard 1-3; Anderson 1-3.

C/SG vs. FC/L, game one

With so make-up games, the MSHSL decided to allow double headers to be 5 innings each if teams prefer - in effect for this spring only. C/SG swept Thursday's conference doubleheader in which each squad was the home team in one game.

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C/SG 334 2x -12 13 0

"We hit the ball solid and consistent all night, and our pitching and defense were solid also," Konz reported after the Warriors swept the Falcons.

In game one (a 12-3 rout), Tanner Langen hit 3 for 4 with a double while driving in 4 runs. Pettit went 2 for 3 with a triple and a double. Speltz went 2 for 3 with a triple and 3 runs batted in, and Schultz batted 2 for 4. Eight Warriors hit safely during a 13-hit attack.

FC/L scored first, but SG/C answered quickly to lead 3-1 after one inning. The Warriors scored at least three runs in each of their four innings at bat.

Sorenson, the winning pitcher, limited the Falcons to no more than one run at a time.

The most successful FC/L batter was Nick Powell who hit 3 for 3. Kirby O'Connor went 2 for 2.

Despite the shorter 5-inning format, the 12-run total was a season high for C/SG.

LOB: C/SG 7, FC/L 8

Stolen bases: C/SG 5, FC/L 1

Pitcher - C/SG: (WP) Sorenson 5 IP, 3R (3 ER) 8H, 4K, 4W

Pitchers- FC/L: (LP) Woellert 1.1 IP, 6R (6 ER) 7H, 1K, 1W

O'Connor 2.2 IP, 6R (5 ER) 5H, 2K, 1W, 2 HB

Extra-base hits: C/SG 2 triples, 2 doubles; FC/L double

Hits - C/SG: Langen 3-4, dbl, 4RBI, run; Pettit 2-3, trpl, dbl, RBI, run; Speltz 2-3, trpl, 3RBI, run; Schultz 2-4, run; Lampert 1-1, 3R, sb; Twite 1-2, sb; Gran 1-3, RBI, 2 runs, 2sb; Burg 1-3, run; (Bauer 2 runs, sac, sb)

Hits - FC/L: Powell 3-3, RBI; O'Connor 2-2, run; Boggs 1-2, dbl, RBI; Larson 1-2; Olson 1-3, RBI; (Love sb)

C/SG vs. FC/L, game two

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FC/L 000 00 - 0 1 1

Langen pitched a one-hitter - striking out 5 and walking only one as C/SG blanked FC/L 5-0 in game two.

The only hit for the Falcons was a lead-off single in the final fifth inning. A walk put two runners on base with no outs, but the game ended with a ground ball followed by 2 strikeouts by Langen.

Gran hit 2 for 2 for the Warriors, and Pettit again was great at the plate going 2 for 3.

The clutch blow was a 2-RBI single from Justin Burg in the third. It was the Warriors' second shutout victory in three games.

Rain clouds gathered, and the fans got soaked at the start of a thunderstorm delay. But the teams were able to finish.

The C/SG shared program has now won nine of 10 games versus FC/L. C/SG improved to 6-5 and 4-4 in the TRC South Division. FC/L dropped to 1-7 (1-5 TRC South).

Due to the difficulty of rescheduling many weather postponements, the TRC has changed the format for deciding baseball and softball division champions. Now only the two games played against rivals in the same 6-team division will count in the championship races. Crossover games against teams in the other division will no longer affect the division titles.

LOB: C/SG 5, FC/L 4

Stolen bases: C/SG 4, FC/L 0

Pitcher C/SG: (WP) Langen 5 IP, 0R, 1H, 5K, 1W, 1 HB

Pitcher - FC/L: (LP) Scott 4 IP, 5R, (5 ER) 5H, 1K, 3W, 1 HB

Schwichtenberg 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0K, 0W

Extra-base hits: none

Hits - C/SG: Gran 2-2, RBI, sb; Pettit 2-3; Burg 1-3, 2 RBI, run; (Siminski run, sb; Lampert 2sb)

Hits - FC/L: Mensink 1-2

TRC South Baseball (May 14)

Chatfield 9-0 (13-2 season)

Southland 7-1 (14-2 season)

Caledonia/Spring Grove 4-4 (6-5 season)

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2-6 (2-8 season)

GM/L-O/K 1-5 (2-12 season)

Rushford-Peterson 0-7 (0-13 season)