In their first-ever Three Rivers Conference softball game, the Spring Grove/Caledonia girls hosted St. Charles on April 25 in Caledonia, winning 11-1. It was only the second game day for the team in this unusually cool spring. Traveling to Wabasha-Kellogg High School on a bright and sunny April 26, the SG/C softball team lost a close one, 5-4.

SG/C 11, St. Charles 1

SC 001 00 - 1 2 6

SG/C 100 82 - 11 10 2

The 10-run rule shortened the contest with St. Charles as the bats came alive for the home team. Cara Stemper led off the first with a double, scoring on an RBI (run batted in) ground ball from Lottie Augedahl.

Eight more runs streamed across on 6 hits in the SG/C fourth, before Lottie ended the game with another ground ball RBI in the fifth.

Augedahl reached on an error in the fourth, helping to keep the merry-go-round of scoring going. She was one of four SG/C players with two runs batted in.

Marie Doering (2 for 4) also brought home two runs as did Samantha Bratland (1 for 3) and Teresa Becker, who hit 2 for 3 on the day. Taylor Augedahl (1 for 2) and Angie Augedahl (2 for 3) each had one RBI.

Bratland held the Saints to 2 hits, striking out 8 while walking only 2 batters. She and St. Charles senior Kasey Mihalovic pitched the entire game.

SG/C runners were aggressive, stealing 6 bases. Doering and Taylor Augedahl each bagged two while Angie Augedahl and Lauren Rusert had one apiece.

Stolen Bases: SG/C 6, SC 1

Pitchers -

SG/C: Bratland 5 IP, 1R, 2H, 8K, 2W

SC: Mihalovic 4.2 IP, 11R, 10H, 2K, 1W

Extra-base hits: SG/C 1-double, SC 0

Hits - SG/C: Stemper 2 for 4, Doering 2 for 4, Bratland 1 for 3, T Augedahl 1 for 2, A Augedahl 2 for 3, Becker 2 for 3

Hits - SC: Owens 1 for 2, Rojas 1 for 2

W-K 5, SG/C 4

SG/C 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 - 4 7 3

W-K 0 0 3 2 0 0 x - 5 6 3

There were no relievers in a game that had spectators on the edge of their seat until the last pitch. Junior hurler Bailey Laroque went the distance in the Falcons' win, while Bratland took the loss while facing all the hitters W-K sent to the plate.

Pitching and hitting stats were close. Laroque gave up 7 hits and struck out 4 while walking 2. Bratland gave up 6 hits, 5 walks, and struck out 7. Lottie Augedahl caught, going 2 for 4.

For the Falcons, shortstop Rowan Blascho and catcher Lexi Vaplon each went 2 for 4. Blascho also blasted the game's only double in the sixth.

SG/C took the early lead when Bratland reached base on a walk in the second then scored on a single by Alexy Bearbower.

W-K replied with 3 runs on 2 hits in the third utilizing an error, a walk and a pair of back-to-back singles. Two more singles brought home a pair of runners in the fourth, and the home team led by a semi-comfortable 5-1 margin.

SG/C replied in the fifth, bunching three straight singles by Stemper, Marie Doering, and Lottie Augedahl to score two runs.

A two-out SG/C rally in the seventh then cut the margin to one while two base runners (Bratland and Taylor Augedahl) wound up stranded at the final out.

Base runner Bratland had reached on an error while Taylor Augedahl had singled for an RBI sending Lottie Augedahl home.

SG/C went to 2-3 on the season (1-1 TRC South), while W-K moved to 4-1. They lead the TRC North.

Stolen Bases: SG/C 0, W-K 1

Pitchers -

SG/C: Bratland 6 IP, 5R, 6H, 7K, 5W

W-K: Laroque 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 4 K, 2 W

Extra-base hits: SG/C 0, W-K 1-double

Hits - C/SG: Stemper 1 for 4, Doering 1 for 4, L Augedahl 2 for 4, T Augedahl 1 for 3, A. Augedahl 1 for 4, Bearbower 1 for 2

Hits - W-K: Blascho 2 for 4, Vaplon 2 for 4, Main 1 for 4, Stoll 1 for 3

Just before the Herald deadline on April 29, the girls improved to 4-3 (3-1 TRC) by sweeping a double header at Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland 12-2 and 9-0.

They were scheduled to play on Tuesday at La Crescent before a Thursday, May 2 home twin bill against Chatfield. However, with the five-day weather forecast available on Monday when the Herald went to press, it will be a challenge to play due to rain, thunderstorms and cold temperatures.