Summer sports highlights
Storlie buzzer-beater sinks Holmen
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 5:28 AM
A buzzer-beating three-point field goal by Blaine Storlie averted overtime for the Spring Grove basketball boys.
The summer basketball season came to an end for the varsity girls (8-8) while the Little League baseball campaign moves into postseason tournament play.
BOYS BASKETBALL VARSITY
SG 37, Holmen Team Two 34
The varsity Lions (8-3, 3-2 league) led most of the game but never by much. A nine-point SG run had wiped out Holmen's last lead early in the second half.
The Vikings tied the game with eight seconds remaining. With 5.8 seconds on the clock, SG inbounded the ball on the sideline in the backcourt. Three passes and a couple of dribbles later, Storlie launched the winner about 22 feet from the hoop.
Giving up a half-foot of height at the post position, senior starter Brandon Schuttemeier and sophomore reserve Tanner Sanness had sterling defensive performances keeping the ball away from a 6-foot, 7-inch Holmen center.
Two of the Lions' regular rotation were away on a church trip.
BOYS BASKETBALL B-TEAM
Caledonia Team Six 65, SG 43
The B-team Lions had won with 43 points the previous game, but it was far too little against hot-shooting Caledonia. The Warriors executed their offense and at times could not miss a shot. It was 38-11 at halftime.
SG (6-2, 4-1 league), which had breezed through the first four league games, was blown away quickly.
GIRLS BASKETBALL VARSITY
The Lions closed the summer season with an 8-8 record with a win and a loss in the league tournament.
SG 25, Seneca 20
In the first round of tournament play, the no. 7 seeded Indians did not hit a basket after the Lions switched to a zone defense late in the game. The no. 2 Lions won by four points after going into a delay with a five-point advantage with about three minutes to play.
It was close all the way as SG's greatest lead of six points came late before Seneca hit 2 of 3 late free throws.
Winona 35, SG 19
The Lions never led but were down by only two points late in the first half before a SG scoring drought saw the Winhawks separate with an 18-2 run spanning the halftime break. The stalled Lion offense managed only seven points after intermission.
Several Lions were away on a church trip.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
After dropping two of their first three league games, SG finished the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and an 8-2 league record, 9-2 overall. Three of those wins came last week as the season now moves into the final two weeks with two tournaments.
In the non-league second games, the reserves closed at 6-5.
SG 6, Houston 2
A leadoff home run by Jordan Jaster broke a scoreless tie in the third inning. A walk, an RBI-triple from Alex Folz and a wild pitch made it 3-0 in the same frame.
Devon Nerstad hit 2 for 3 with other base hits from Tobias Leahy and Noah Elton.
On the mound, starter Chase Grinde and reliever Elton each gave up only one hit. Neither contributed to Hurricane scores as Houston tallied twice with three walks and an error.
The game ended after four innings by time limit. The Lions had edged the 'Canes 7-6 in their previous league meeting.
SG 003 3 - 6 6 0
Hou 002 0 - 2 2 2
Left on base: SG 5, Hou 4
In the non-league second game, a home run by Folz proved to be the winning run in a 6-5 game. The visiting Lions had taken an early 3-0 lead but needed three runs in the top of the third inning to overcome a 5-3 deficit.
SG 11, Fillmore Central 10
The non-league contest with visitors from the West Division was a back-and-forth slugfest. This Falcon team was comprised of eighth graders to-be. A separate seventh grade team played the second game.
The Lions took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by an RBI-triple from Grinde (2 for 3).
Folz, with two doubles, and Jaster each hit 3 for 3. Kai Bjerke went 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
A bases-loaded double highlighted a late Falcon rally. With the tying run on third base, the game ended with a ground ball back to Folz on the pitchers' mound
Grinde pitched the first four innings with Folz in relief for the fifth frame.
FC 420 13 - 10 8 2
SG 513 2x - 11 10 1
Left on base: SG 3, FC 8
In the second game, Lion reserves were no match for the Fillmore Central seventh graders. The Falcons won 12-0 after three innings with the 10-run rule. The two Lion hits came from Grinde (double) and Elton.
SG 16, Brownsville 11
Brownsville's 11-run total matched a season high for a Lion opponent, and SG committed a season-high seven errors. But the Lions compensated by scoring a season-best 16 runs, stealing nine bases and taking advantage of six Brownsville errors.
SG had eight hits including two triples from Grinde who hit 3 for 3, scored four runs and drove in two more while swiping three bases.
Nerstad also went 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs. Folz was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
SG was out-hit, and eleven of the 15 Lion outs came with strikeouts. But 13 walks and one hit batter provided plenty of base runners.
Jaster walked four times and stole six bases including home plate as SG put the game out of reach with four runs in the final fifth inning.
Defensive highlights included sterling infield stops by Grinde at shortstop and Nerstad at second base.
SG had defeated Brownsville 9-4 in their previous meeting.
SG 480 04 - 16 8 7
Bv 711 02 - 11 10 6
The second (non-league) game was a bonanza for batters and a 21-20 win for Brownsville.
Going into the top of the final fourth inning, SG rebounded from a 16-9 deficit with an 11-run eruption to go up 20-16. But the hosts made good use of their final turn at the plate.
Folz supplied most of the Lions' early offensive fireworks with not only a grand slam home run but also a three-run homer.