Kyle Sorenson, center with gold batting helm, is congratulated by teammates after belting a home run. At right (no. 22), Justin Burg had homered earlier in the same game at Dover-Eyota. Photo: Jon Speltz
Kyle Sorenson, center with gold batting helm, is congratulated by teammates after belting a home run. At right (no. 22), Justin Burg had homered earlier in the same game at Dover-Eyota. Photo: Jon Speltz
A Spring Valley doubleheader resulted in a baseball split for Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball last Thursday against Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland. The following afternoon, the team loaded up for a trip to Dover-Eyota where the Warriors lost a tough one and saw their season record slip to 7-7.


This week marked the end of regular-season play with Tuesday's trip to state-ranked Wabasha-Kellogg. Then on Thursday, May 22, C/SG takes the No. 5 seed into the sub-section tournament when the boys travel to No. 4 Lake City (9-10) with the first pitch a 5 p.m. The winner advances to the quarterfinal round at St. Charles on Saturday, May 24 - versus either No. 1 La Crescent or No. 8 GMLOK)

C/SG at GMLOK, May 15: Game one

C/SG 101 010 1 - 4 5 2

GMLOK 000 200 0 - 2 4 1

Both teams won while batting first (visiting), and both did it by 2-run margins. The Bulldogs, however, needed an extra inning to salvage the nightcap.

Kai Lidstrom tossed all 7 innings to win the opener. The game shaped up as a pitcher's duel (5 hits for C/SG, 4 for GMLOK). Lidstrom struck out 5 while walking only one in a 4-2 victory.

C/SG saw a 2-0 lead slip away in the fourth when the Bulldogs bunched 3 of their hits together to tie it up at 2-2.

The Warriors put 2 hits together only once - while taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. TJ Schultz, the game's first batter, singled, stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on a single by Harrison Speltz. The second run came with 2 walks and an RBI single from Tanner Langen.

After GMLOK tied it, C/SG surged ahead with a Bulldog error, a stolen base from Kyle Sorenson and another RBI single from Speltz.

A passed ball on a third strike, a stolen base by Tanner Gran and an RBI single from Schultz added an insurance run in the final inning.


Stolen bases: C/SG 4, GMLOK 0

Pitcher - C/SG: (WP) Lidstrom 7 IP, 2R (2 ER) 4H, 5K, 1W

Pitchers - GMLOK:

(LP) Tangen 5 IP, 3R (2 ER) 4H, 5K, 2W

Larson 2 IP, 1R (0 ER) 1H, 3K, 0W

Extra-base hits: C/SG none, GMLOK 2 doubles

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

Hits - GMLOK: Tangen 2-3, 2 dbls, run; Bleifus 1-2, run; Bubany 1-3, RBI.

C/SG at GMLOK, Game two

GMLOK 100 020 12 - 6 9 2

C/SG 103 000 00 - 4 7 3

The Bulldogs tied the game with a run in the seventh inning, then added 2 runs in the extra eighth frame to win 6-4.

Trenton Bleifus, who had gone hitless with 3 strikeouts in his first four plate appearances, delivered a 2-RBI triple to bring home the winning runs in the top of the eighth.

The Warriors did most of their damage with 3 runs while breaking a 1-1 tie in the third. C/SG amazingly hit 3 successive triples with 2 outs in that rally. Speltz started it with a single followed by 3-baggers from Langen, Justin Burg and Joe Pettit.

Gran had a double for C/SG while Langen was the only Warrior with two hits (2 for 4) and 2 runs batted in. But C/SG managed only 2 hits in the final five innings.

Quinn Larson earned the win allowing no runs and only one hit while striking out 5 during 4 innings of relief.

Warrior hurlers were also effective with Gran and Langen combining to give up only 9 hits in 8 innings while striking out 9.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the fifth to trail only 4-3. They tied it up in the seventh with only one hit along with a walk and 2 C/SG errors. GMLOK left the bases loaded in that inning but used a walk and another Warrior error to set up the big blow from Bleifus.

The home-team Warriors went down in order in the bottom of the frame.

The split closed the TRC South Division race for the Warriors who finish in third place with a 5-5 league mark. GMLOK left at 3-13 (2-6 TRC).


Stolen bases: C/SG 2, GMLOK 1

Pitchers - C/SG:

Gran 4.1 IP, 3R (2 ER) 5H, 4K, 3W

(LP) Langen 3.2 IP, 3R (0 ER) 4H, 5K, 3W

Pitchers - GMLOK:

Blake Olson 3 IP, 4R (3 ER) 5H, 0K, 1W

(WP) Larson 4 IP, 0R, 1H, 5K, 3W

Extra-base hits: C/SG 3 triples, double; GMLOK triple, 2 doubles

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

Hits - GMLOK: Rindels 3-5, dbl, RBI, run; Larson 2-4, run; Shorter 1-4, dbl, RBI, run; Sabatke 1-4, RBI; Tangen 1-4; Bleifus 1-5, trpl, 2RBI; (Blake Olson run; Gillespie run)

C/SG at Dover-Eyota, May 16

C/SG 011 000 2 - 4 7 4

D-E 013 110 x - 6 7 2

Burg and Sorenson both belted home runs, the Warriors' first round trippers of the season. But D-E prevailed 6-4.

Both teams had 7 base hits, but the Eagles committed 2 fewer errors and walked only one C/SG batter.

It was close. The Warriors still had only 3 hits as they stepped to the plate down 6-2 in the final inning. But the bottom of the batting order came through with 4 straight hits and had the tying runs in scoring position with no outs.

C/SG had finally gotten the best of winning pitcher Tanner Allen. But Luke Franke came on and earned the save with one walk and 3 strikeouts. The game ended with the bases full of Warriors.

Sorenson was the lone C/SG player with 2 hits - a double to go with the homer. Joe Pettit started the last-inning rally with a double.

Dillon Lehman (triple) and Allen both hit 2 for 3 for the Eagles (9-8).

LOB: C/SG 6, D-E 9

Stolen bases: none

Pitcher - C/SG:

(LP) Sorenson 6 IP, 6R (3 ER) 7H, 2K, 5W, 3HB

Pitchers - D-E:

(WP) Allen 6 IP, 4R (4 ER) 7H, 2K, 0W, 1 HB

(S) Franke 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 3K, 1W

Extra-base hits: C/SG 2 home runs, 2 doubles; D-E triple, double

Hits - C/SG: RBI, run; Sorenson 2-3, HR, dbl, 2RBI, run; Burg 1-3, HR; Pettit 1-3, dbl; Bauer 1-3, run; Cross 1-3, RBI; Schultz 1-4; (Siminski run; Gran sac)

Hits - D-E: Allen 2-3, RBI; Lehman 2-3, trpl, 2RBI; run; Heaser 1-2, 2 runs; Dubbels 1-3, dbl, run; Jech 1-3, run.