GMLOK’s Isiah Bubany slides into third base for the steal against Fillmore Central/Lanesboro.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
GMLOK’s Isiah Bubany slides into third base for the steal against Fillmore Central/Lanesboro. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The GMLOK baseball team played four games this past week, and despite losing all four, the team was competitive against some tough opponents and might have come away with a couple of wins if not for some defensive lapses.

Fillmore Central 9, GMLOK 8

The Bulldogs began the week with a home game against the Fillmore Central Falcons on Monday as they looked to snap a two game losing streak.

GMLOK jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jacob Rindels, who led off the game with a single, scored on a Trenton Bleifus ground out. They added another run in the fourth when an Isaac Tangen ground out scored Blake Olson, who reached on a single and advanced to third on a stolen base and a ground out.

After a scoreless first, the Falcons put up four runs total in the second through fourth innings, giving them a 4-2 lead.

The Bulldog deficit was cut to one in the fifth as Rindels hit a one-out double and came around to score on a Bleifus single two batters later. Rindels had a great game for the Bulldogs going two for four and scoring three runs.

In the sixth inning, the Falcons extended their lead to five, as they scored four runs in the inning. The Bulldogs answered right back, however, tying the game up in the bottom of the seventh with a five-run rally that sent the game into extra innings. The scoring in the seventh was highlighted by a bases clearing triple from Doug Sabatke that provided the tying run. The Bulldogs reloaded the bases but were unable to drive in the game-winning run, as Sabatke was stranded on third.

The Falcons scored a run in the top half of the eighth inning to give them the 9-8 lead that would ultimately be the final score, as the Bulldogs went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Isiah Bubany was the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs. He pitched the first six innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on 16 hits and three walks while striking out three. Tangen relieved Bubany in the seventh and pitched the final two innings. He gave up one run on six hits while striking out four.

GMLOK 7, Southland 16

The Bulldogs traveled to Adams on Tuesday to take on the undefeated, state-ranked Southland Rebels.

Southland jumped on the Bulldogs out of the gates, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding four more in each the second and third.

GMLOK got its first run of the game in the second inning when Sabatke clubbed a solo home run over the fence in center field. They added two more runs in the third, the first of which was scored by Rindels, who led off the inning with a double, on a wild pitch. Blake Olson also singled and scored in the inning.

The Bulldogs climbed back to within striking distance in the fourth inning, scoring four runs to cut their deficit to four. Bubany scored the first run of the inning as he was driven in by a Wyatt Richardson single after walking and stealing second base. GMLOK would get two more runs in the inning via the long ball, as Rindels hit a two run shot to left field that scored Reid Buschman. The final run of the inning was scored when Bleifus drove in Olson with a double. That would be the last run the Bulldogs would score in the game, however, as the talented Rebels added three runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth to secure the 16-7 win.

Tangen started the game on the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched three innings, giving up 11 runs on 15 hits and three walks while striking out four. Bleifus relieved him in the fourth and gave up five runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks. He recorded six strikeouts in his relief appearance.

Lyle-Pacelli 9, GMLOK 1

The Bulldogs hosted non-conference opponent Lyle Pacelli on Thursday and took their third loss of the week as the Athletics pitching staff stifled the Bulldog lineup.

Isiah Bubany was the only Bulldog batter to reach base in the first four innings of the game. He did so on a walk in the second and was stranded at first. GMLOK's first hit of the game came in the fifth inning and it also produced the team's first run of the game. After Bubany walked for the second time in as many at bats, he stole second base, which proved to be unnecessary as Josh Shorter drew a walk right after him. Two batters later, Dane Gillespie provided the first hit for the Bulldogs, as his single scored Bubany from second.

Gillespie's RBI single was one of only three hits in the game for the Bulldogs, the other two were also singles off the bats of Rindels and Logan Back.

The visiting A's scored four runs in the third and added five more in the fifth and sixth innings combined to get the victory. Blake Olson gave up all nine of the runs, although only six of them were earned, as he pitched a complete game. In his seven innings, Olson allowed 14 hits and four walks, while striking out five batters.

GMLOK 7, Fillmore Central 8

In a game marred by errors, 14 in all, the Bulldogs suffered their second one-run loss of the week to the Falcons. GMLOK held a lead for the first six and a half innings, only to be defeated in walk off fashion in the bottom of the seventh, due in part to an error.

The Bulldogs took an early lead by scoring a run in each the first and second innings. The first inning run was scored by Rindels, who led off the game with a single and scored on a three base error by the Falcons. The run in the second inning accounted for the only earned run scored by the Bulldogs as a Buschman double was followed by an RBI double by Gillespie.

Rindels and Blake Olson each scored a run in the fourth inning as the Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-0. Both reached on singles, and, as was the theme in this game, scored on errors by the Falcons.

Fillmore Central cut the lead to one with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, only to have the Bulldogs respond with three runs in the sixth to put the lead back to four runs. Rindels started the rally in the sixth with a single, his fourth of the game, and Olson followed with a single of his own. Both again came around to score on sloppy play in the field from the Falcons. Bleifus, who reached on an error, also scored in the inning, crossing home plate on another error.

The Bulldogs' four-run lead was trimmed to two as the Falcons scored two runs in the bottom half of the sixth. That lead would be erased in the seventh, however, as a pair of Falcon singles and Bulldog errors in the bottom half of the inning allowed Fillmore Central to escape with the one run victory.

Isaac Tangen was the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs in this game. He pitched six innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out one. Bleifus relieved him in the seventh and was saddled with the loss despite not allowing an earned run. He gave up three unearned runs on two hits.

On deck

The GMLOK baseball team was scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday in Rushford to take on the Trojans. The Bulldogs will then play a home doubleheader against Caledonia on Thursday, followed by another home game on Friday against the Southland Rebels.