Jordan Anderson prepares to bunt.
Jordan Anderson prepares to bunt.
The Spring Grove/Caledonia softball team improved to 5-1 last week with three straight wins, one of which stretched to 14 innings. The double header sweep of previously undefeated Fillmore Central/Lanesboro moved SG/C (5-1 TRC) past FC/L (5-2 TRC) into first place of the Three Rivers South.

SG/C vs. St. Charles, April 22

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Samantha Bratland pitched a one-hitter and fanned 15 batters on Tuesday, as the girls blanked the Saints 7-0.

She was backed by solid fielding on the seven fair balls which the Saints (2-3) tapped, as only two base-runners reached for the hosts, and no one advanced past second base.

SG/C strung together a walk and three straight singles in the second with Taylor Augedahl driving in a pair of runs, and Lottie Augedahl stepping up immediately afterward, bringing two more home on an infield ball that was mishandled at first.

SG/C added three insurance runs in the sixth with Bratland capping off her shutout with a home run over the center field fence.

LOB: SG/C 8, SC 2

Stolen bases: none

Pitchers: SG/C (WP)- Bratland 7 IP, 0R, 1H, 15K, 0W

Pitchers: SC (LP) - Ashlyn Heim 6 IP, 7R (2 ER), 8H, 6K, 4W

Extra-base hits: SG/C home run, SC 0

Hits - SG/C: Doering 2-4, 2 runs; Taylor Augedahl 2-4, run, 2 RBI; Bratland 1-3, run, home run; Denstad 1-3; Anderson 1-3, Bearbower 1-3; Rosendahl 1-1; Lottie Augedahl 2 RBI;

Hits - SC: Boyum 1-2

SG/C vs. FC/L (game one) April 25

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Both pitchers went the distance in Friday's 14-inning marathon match-up, which SG/C finally won 1-0. The contest took so much time that the only way to play the follow-up nightcap was to leave the softball field and go to the Spring Grove baseball diamond in search of some lights.

The Falcons got a chance in the ninth when Tayah Barnes got an extremely rare walk from Bratland. As Malley grounded out, Barnes advanced and took third when Taylor Spenger singled. But SG/C's ace hurler struck out the next two batters.

A double by Steph Erickson in the 12th gave FC/L another chance as she advanced to third with only one out on an error. Bratland then struck out two batters with only six pitches. She wound up totaling an incredible 29 K's.

The Warriors got on base in nine different innings and stranded 15 runners during the game. Finally, a bases-loaded single by Marie Doering with nobody out ended it.

A very unusual play occurred in the bottom of the sixth, when the Falcons tried to intentionally walk Bratland with a runner on second and two outs (first base open). On what would have been ball four, she shocked everyone by reaching out and clobbering the ball, sending a screaming line drive into the outfield. Fortunately for FC/L, the center fielder had good position, reached out and made the grab.

LOB: SG/C 15, FC 6

Stolen bases: SG/C 1, FC 1

Pitchers: SG/C (WP) - Bratland 14 IP, 0R, 4H, 29K, 2W

Pitchers: FC/L (LP) - Malley 13 IP, 1R, 13 H, 16K, 2W

Extra-base hits: SG/C 0, FC/L double

Hits - SG/C Doering 2-7, RBI; Taylor Augedahl 1-6; Lottie Augedahl 1-6; Bratland 1-5; Rusert 3-6; Anderson 2-6; Sophia Augedahl 2-4; Bearbower 1-5; Schmitz (run)

Hits - FC/L Spenger 2-6; Erickson 1-6, double; Aug 1-5

SG/C vs. FC/L (game two) April 25

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The second game ended after six frames due to the 10-run rule, as SG/C defeated FC 12-0.

While Malley did not pitch the nightcap, Bratland stayed on for SG/C and got another shutout. Four Falcons got as far as second base but no farther. The ace hurler continued to throw hard adding 11 more strikeouts and bringing her total to 40 for the night.

SG/C strung together multiple hits in four frames, passing the game-shortening 10 runs in the sixth.

Mackenzie Denstad smacked a home run in the second, going 2 for 4 and totaling 4 runs batted in. Sophia Augedahl also went 2-4 while tallying 4 RBIs. Bratland, Emily Ranzenberger and Alexy Bearbower also had two hits each.

Lottie Augedahl tripled in the first prior to scoring the first run of the game. Bratland and Lauren Rusert each belted a double.

LOB: SG/C 6, FC 5

Stolen bases: SG/C 1, FC 0

Pitcher: SG/C (WP) - Bratland 6 IP, 0R, 6H, 11K, 0W

Pitcher: FC (LP) - Erickson 6 IP, 12R (8 ER), 14H, 2K, 0W, 2HB

Extra-base hits: SG/C 2 doubles, triple, home run. FC 0

Hits - SG/C Doering 1-4; Taylor Augedahl 1-4, RBI; Lottie Augedahl 1-4, triple; Bratland 2-4, double; Rusert 1-3, double; Ranzenberger 2-2; Denstad 2-4, home run, 4 RBI; Sophia Augedahl 2-4, 4 RBI; Bearbower 1-3, 1 RBI, sb.

Hits - FC/L Malley 1-3; Spenger 1-3; Erickson 2-3; Hendrickson 1-2; Ebner 1-2.


Spring Grove/Caledonia 5-1 (5-1 season)

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 5-2 (5-2 season

Chatfield 4-2 (4-2 season)

Southland 1-1 (1-3 season)

Rushford-Peterson 1-2 (1-2 season)

GM/L-O/K 0-7 (1-9 season)