Emily Ranzenberger
Emily Ranzenberger
Spring Grove/Caledonia took a softball trip to Adams on May 5 putting a doubleheader sweep in the books versus the Southland Rebels. Four days later, the team headed to Winona Cotter for an extra-inning single-game win.

SG/C at Southland, game one

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Sou 000 000 0 - 0 3 5

SG/C scored in every inning except the opening two, trouncing the Rebels 10-0 in the first game of the doubleheader, then doing it again in the nightcap - recording an identical 10-0 score.

Five errors proved costly for the home team. Southland hurler Makayla Swenson went the distance and only gave up four earned runs. On the other side, Samantha Bratland got another shutout, striking out 16 while only walking one.

Catcher Lottie Augedahl doubled twice for SG/C. Sophia Augedahl went 3 for 3 with two runs batted in. Single RBIs were recorded by Marie Doering, Lauren Rusert, Emily Ranzenberger, and Taylor Augedahl, who also stole two bases.

LOB: SG/C 8, Sou 5

Stolen bases: SG/C 4, Sou 1

Pitcher - SG/C:

WP Bratland 7 IP, 3H, 0 R, 16K, 1W

Pitcher - Sou

LP Swenson 7 IP, 9H, 10R (4 ER), 1K, 5W

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

Hits - SG/C: Taylor Augedahl 1-5, run, RBI, 2 sb; Lottie Augedahl 2-4, 2 dbl, run, 2 doubles, sb; Rusert 1-4, run, RBI; Anderson 1-3, 2 runs; Sophia Augedahl 3-3, run, 2 RBI, sac; Bearbower 1-3, sac; (Denstad 2 runs, sb; Doering sac, run, RBI; Ranzenberger run, RBI)

Hits - Sou: Kiefer 1-2, Gray 1-3; Klaehn 1-3

SG/C at Southland, Game 2

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SG/C "hosted" the run-rule-shortened reprise, putting together three big innings (first, third, and fifth). Lottie Augedahl and Jordan Anderson both went 2 for 3 at the plate. Anderson had two runs batted in. Rusert collected a double.

Sophia Augedahl pitched, belted a double, and drove in two runs. Augedahl gave up just one hit in the shutout striking out seven batters along the way while only walking four.

LOB: SG/C 4, Sou 5

Stolen bases: SG/C 1, Sou none

Pitchers - SG/C:

WP S. Augedahl 5 IP, 1H, 0 R, 7K, 4W

Pitcher - Sou:

LP Emanuel 4.1 IP, 8H, 10R (5 ER), 9K, 1W

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

Hits - SG/C: Doering 1-3, run; Lottie Augedahl 2-3, 2 runs, RBI; Rusert 1-3, dbl, 2 runs, RBI, sb; Anderson 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Sophia Augedahl 1-3, dbl, 2 RBI; (Taylor Augedahl run; Ranzenberger run; Denstad run)

Hits - Sou: Emanuel 1-2

SG/C at Winona Cotter, May 9

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WC 100 000 000 - 1 6 0

Friday afternoon featured a 2-1 pitcher's duel in Winona. SG/C tied the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth then scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth.

Cotter led off with three straight singles in the first frame, sending lead-off hitter Kelly Vaselaar home before Bratland and an error-free set of fielders clamped down on further Rambler forays on the base paths.

Other than one walk, no home field batters got on base until the eighth when Cotter succeeded in loading the bases with only one out. Bratland then slammed the door, catching a pop up and striking out the cleanup hitter. She fanned a total of 14 batters on the night.

Three SG/C singles bunched in the sixth (Taylor Augedahl, Bratland, and Rusert) had sent the game into extra innings. In the ninth, Anderson led off with a double and came home on a Mackenzie Denstad single.

With Cotter being a new member of the Three Rivers Conference, the teams met during the regular season for the first time. It was only SG/C's second win against Cotter in their last 11 meetings (since 2001).

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.

As a result, SG/C is no longer alone atop the TRC South softball standings. The girls (9-1 on the season) now share the lead with Chatfield (8-4) each at 5-1 in South Division games.

LOB: SG/C 7, WC 6

Stolen bases: SG/C 0, WC 1

Pitchers - SG/C:

WP Bratland 9 IP, 6H, 1R (1 ER), 14K, 1W

Pitcher - WC:

LP Nachtigal 9 IP, 7H, 2R (2 ER), 8K, 2W

Extra-base hits: SG/C 3 doubles; WC none

Hits - SG/C: Taylor Augedahl 1-4, Bratland 2-3, double, Rusert 1-4, RBI; Anderson 1-4, double, run; Denstad 2-4, double, RBI

Hits - WC: Vaselaar 2-for-3, run, sb; Kosel 2-for-4; Nachtigal 1-for-4, RBI: Bowlin 1-for-3

TRC South Softball (May 14)

Spring Grove/Caledonia 7-1 (11-1 season)

Chatfield 5-1 (9-4 season)

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 6-2 (10-2 season)

GM/L-O/K 4-6 (6-12 season)

Rushford-Peterson 2-6 (3-11 season)

Southland 0-8 (1-15 season)

May 12 results

SG/C 17, GMLOK 2

SG/C 10, GMLOK 1