Baseball wins two of three
Friday, May 02, 2014 7:12 AM
Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball (3-2) opened the week with a road win then split a double header with a pair of opponents on Saturday as make-up games for a cold, late spring.
Kyle Sorenson stretches for the throw as Rushford-Peterson batter Riley Vitse sprints toward first base.
C/SG at St. Charles, April 22
C/SG 002 000 3 - 5 7 1
SC 002 000 0 - 2 3 2
Solid defense for seven innings and two innings of offense put a "W" in the column on Tuesday. Harrison Speltz hit 3 for 4 including a tie-breaking RBI double in the final seventh inning, powering C/SG to a 5-2 win.
The Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a walk followed by singles from TJ Schultz and Speltz. SC then tied it up with 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the same frame.
During the next three scoreless innings, SC mounted two serious threats, but both times, Warrior defense and pitching preserved the tie.
The Saints enjoyed their first 2 hits of the game to open their half of the fourth, but a fly ball and line drive, both to Schultz in right field, produced 3 outs including a double play.
A leadoff double and wild pitch in the sixth inning put Saint Derek McCready on third base with no outs, but winning pitcher then Kai Lidstrom came on in relief to retire the final six Saints in order.
SC reliever Jericho Braun did not fare as well, tagged with the loss after facing only four batters. He struck out the first hitter he faced to open the seventh, but left the game after 2 walks and Speltz's double.
With Warriors on second and third, Joe Pettit laid down a squeeze-play bunt toward first base. Elliott Cross scored from third, and hard-charging Tanner Langen came in as well when neither the catcher nor pitcher covered home plate. Suddenly a 2-2 tie became a 5-2 Warrior lead.
Lidstrom retired the final three batters, and it was over.
C/SG starter Kyle Sorenson had given up only 3 hits and 2 unearned runs through 5 innings. SC starter Andy Buck struck out 7, walked one and hit one batter through 6 innings but left the mound with score tied.
C/SG improved to 2-1 while the Saints slipped to 5-2. In five seasons as a shared baseball program, C/SG has now won 5 and lost 3 versus the Saints.
LOB: C/SG 2, SC 0
Stolen bases: C/SG 2, SC 0
Pitchers - C/SG Sorenson 5 IP, 2R (0 ER), 3H, 3K, 2W, 1HB
WP - Lidstrom 2 IP, 0R,0H, 2K, 0W
Pitchers - SC: Buck 6.0 IP, 2R (1 ER), 1H, 1K, 2W
LP-Braun 0.1 IP, 3R (3 ER) 1H, 1K, 2W
Roessler 0 IP, 0R, 0H, 0W
Reisdorf 0.2 IP, 0R, 0H, 0K, 0W
Extra-base hits: C/SG 1 double, SC 1 double
Hits - C/SG: Speltz 3-4, run, dbl, 2RBI; Pettit 1-3 sac, 2 RBI; Burg 1-3; Schultz 1-4, run; Twite 1-4; (crossrun; Lampert sb, Bauer sb)
Hits - SC: McCready 1-3, dbl; Buck 1-3; Danielson 1-3
C/SG vs. Rushford-Peterson, (game one) April 26
R-P 000 010 0 - 1 6 3
C/SG 010 140 x - 9 12 3
A make-up contest in Caledonia on Saturday featured C/SG crushing R-P, 9-1.
Speltz batted 4 for 4 with 2 runs batted in (RBI) while winning pitcher Lidstrom controlled Trojans bats.
Warrior outfielder TJ Schultz went 3 for 4 at the plate including a triple, scored 3 runs and had the only stolen base of the game. Tanner Gran had 2 hits (2 for 4) both doubles with 2 RBI. In all, six Warriors contributed to the 12-hit attack.
C/SG scored three runs in the first inning and led 5-0 (before R-P finally scored in the fifth) and then put the game away with 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Half of the Trojans' six hits came during that fifth frame, the only inning in which R-P batters avoided a strikeout (11 of 21 Trojan outs were K's). In 5 innings, Lidstrom fanned 8 batters and walked only 3. In two innings of relief, Austin Bauer got 3 of the 6 outs with strikeouts.
All 6 Trojan hits were singles, each by a different player.
The defensive plays of the game were two outstanding grabs by R-P centerfielder Ryan Weideman.
R-P remained winless at 0-6 (0-5 TRC) while C/SG improved to 3-1 (3-1 TRC). It was the Warriors' seventh straight win in a series C/SG now leads 7-1.
LOB: C/SG 10, R-P 12
Stolen bases: C/SG 1, R-P 0
Pitchers - C/SG: (WP) Lidstrom 5 IP, 1R (1 ER), 8K, 3W
Bauer 2 IP, 0R, 0H, 3K, 2W
Pitchers - R-P: (LP) Nate Sarvi 5 IP, 9R (6 ER), 11H, 3K, 2W, 2HB
Jon Koenen 1 IP, 0R, 1H, 3K, 0W
Extra-base hits: C/SG triple, 2 doubles. R-P none
Hits - C/SG: Speltz 4-4, 2 RBI; Schultz 3-4, RBI, trpl, 3 runs, sb; Gran 2-4, 2 dbl, 2 RBI, run; Burg 1-3, run; Sorenson 1-3, run; Langen 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 sac
Hits - R-P: Anderson 1-3, RBI; McMannimon-Meyers 1-3, run; Vitse 1-3; Sarvi 1-3; Koenen 1-4
C/SG vs. Lewiston-Altura
(game two) April 26
L-A 300 500 0 - 8 6 2
C/SG 000 100 1 - 2 4 2
The visiting Cardinals turned the tables on C/SG in the second Saturday contest, scoring three runs in the first and controlling Warrior bats with solid pitching. The visitors won 8-2.
L-A junior hurler John Heim gave up only 4 hits (all singles) and struck out 6 while walking only 2 Warriors.
Three of those 4 C/SG hits came in the same inning. Schultz led off the Warrior fourth with a triple and scored on a ground out. With only one out, back-to-back singles by Speltz and Langen offered hope for a big inning. But Heim squelched the threat with a strikeout and ground ball.
The other Warrior run came in the final inning with Pettit leading off with a single and getting to second on an error. Courtesy runner Keenan Siminski went to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.
L-A managed only 6 hits, but the Cardinals put them together along with too many walks for two big innings. The first 3 L-A batters of the game scored for a quick 3-0 lead.
Back-to-back doubles by Heim and Arron Hohensee (2 for 3) aided by 3 walks and a hit batter resulted in a 5-run fourth and an 8-0 lead.
C/SG relievers Lidstrom and Langen allowed only one base runner through the final three innings, but Heim allowed only one Warrior hit during that same period.
Both teams are in third place in their 6-team divisions. The Cardinals improved to 5-3 (4-3 TRC North) while C/SG left at 3-2 (3-2 TRC South). This will be the teams' only meeting in the new two-division format. After winning the last four games, L-A leads the series 5-3
LOB: C/SG 5, L-A 7
Stolen bases: C/SG 1, L-A 3
Pitchers - C/SG: (LP) Gran 3.1 IP, 8R (7 ER), 5H, 5K, 5W, 3 HB
Lidstrom 2.2 IP, 0R, 1H, 1K, 1W
Langen 1.0 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K, 0W
Pitchers - L-A: WP John Heim 7 IP, 2R (1 ER), 4H, 6K, 2W, 1 HB
Extra-base hits: C/SG triple, L-A 2 doubles
Hits - C/SG: Langen 1-1; Pettit 1-3; Sprltz 1-4, run, sb; (Lampert RBI, Siminski run)
Hits - L-A: Hohensee 2-3, dbl, 3RBI, run; Riebel 1-2, 2 runs, sb; Rasmussen 1-2, RBI, run, sac, sb; Heim 1-3 dbl, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Matzke 1-3, 2 runs, sb
THREE RIVERS SOUTH
Southland 5-0 (8-0 season)
Chatfield 4-2 (4-2 season)
Caledonia/Spring Grove 3-2 (3-2 season)
GMLOK 2-6 (2-6 season)
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 0-3 (0-3 season)
Rushford-Peterson 0-5 (0-6 season)