Close game gets away late in baseball opener
Friday, April 18, 2014 8:53 AM
After a long, cold winter, Warrior ballplayers got into action when the Chatfield Gophers visited last Thursday, April 10. The visitors rode into town fresh from a 10-0 shutout over Grand Meadow/Leroy-Ostrander/Kingsland, and managed to top C/SG 6-2.
Second baseman Keenan Siminski (right) throws to first baseman Harrison Speltz. PHOTO:SPELTZ/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Chatfield 6, C/SG 2
CHS 100 200 3 - 6 7 5
C/SG 002 000 0 - 2 4 3
C/SG took a brief 2-1 lead with two unearned runs in the third, but Chatfield answered immediately to go back in front for good 3-2. That score held until the Gophers added three insurance runs in the top of the final seventh inning.
"It was a close for the majority of the game," C/SG coach Dave Konz said. "Chatfield strung together a few hits to open it up late. We had opportunities but didn't capitalize. Situational hitting with runners in scoring position hurt us."
After scoring two runs without a hit, C/SG put together two hits in the next inning without scoring when Joe Pettit and Seth Twite were stranded in scoring position.
Two other singles came from Justin Burg in the sixth and TJ Schultz in the seventh. A line drive double play ended the threat in the sixth
Chatfield starter Jake Neis got the win, striking out seven without a walk through five innings. The only base on balls from the Gophers came from reliever Drew Hurley.
Four of the five Gopher errors came in the third inning, ushering in both Warrior runs.
In addition to picking up the pitching win, Neis was also the game's leading hitter (2 for 3) with the lone extra-base hit - a double in the seventh.
Kyle Sorenson started for C/SG and allowed only 2 hits while fanning 6 with 3 walks through three innings. Kai Lidstrom (0-1) was the pitcher of record, on the mound for the final four innings.
The defensive play of the game was a foul ball grab by reserve first baseman Drew Elvik in the seventh.
C/SG (0-1, 0-1 TRC) started the season with outfielders Schultz, Twite and Austin Bauer. Pettit was behind the plate with Burg at third, Tanner Langen at short and Harrison Speltz at first. Colton Lampert started at second base but was injured early and replaced by Keenan Siminski. Tanner Gran was the designated hitter.
LOB: C/SG 7, CHS 8
Stolen bases: C/SG 1, CHS 3
Pitchers: C/SG: starter Kyle Sorenson 3.0 IP, 1R, (1 ER), 2H, 6K, 3W
(LP) Kai Lidstrom 4.0 IP, 5R, (4 ER) 5H, 2K, 2W, 1HB
CHS: WP Jake Neis 5.0 IP, 2R, (0 ER), 2H, 7K, 0W, 1 HB
reliever Drew Hurley 2.0 IP, 0R (0 ER), 2H, 2K, 1W
Extra-base hits: C/SG 0, CHS 1 (dbl)
Hits - C/SG: (4) all singles: Pettit 1-3, Twite 1-3, Burg 1-3, Schultz 1-4, SB
Hits - CHS: (7) 1 double, 6 singles. Jake Neis 2-3, RBI; Nate Skare 1-3, double; Zach Eggers 1-3, RBI; Ben Pierce 1-3; Tommy Jech 1-4, 2 RBI; Noah Grant 1-4, RBI
The very young B-Team fell 8-1 at Chatfield. Freshman Lucas Dodson had 2 of the Warriors' 4 hits.
Back at Caledonia, the junior high teams split. The eighth grade game went to Chatfield 6-0 while C/SG took the seventh grade game 8-3. Previously the junior high squads had swept games at Galesville-Ettrick-Trempeleau with a 3-0 win for the eighth grade and a 5-2 victory for the seventh grade.
BASEBALL Three Rivers South 2014
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Southland 1-0 TRC (1-0 season)
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Caledonia/Sp.Grove 0-1 TRC (0-1 season)
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