Bulldogs put together win streak in softball
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:19 AM
The GMLOK softball team put together a three-game winning streak this past week after rebounding from a loss to an imposing Wabasha-Kellogg team on Monday. That streak tripled the team's win total for the season as they look to build some momentum with postseason play approaching.
Courtney Schmidt of the Bulldogs catches the throw before the Southland runner reaches first base. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
GMLOK 4, Wabasha-Kellogg 11
The Bulldogs began their week on Monday with a game in St. Charles against the W-K Falcons. Despite some impressive offense numbers, GMLOK wasn't able to hang with W-K.
Jamie Stevens started the game in the circle for the Bulldogs and pitched the first three innings during which she gave up seven hits while being saddled with the loss. Alayna Meskill relieved Stevens in the fourth and pitched the final three innings, giving up only one hit in her time on the rubber.
Although, she got the loss, Stevens had a great day at the plate for the Bulldogs. The junior went two for three, including a home run, and drove in all four of her team's runs. Only two other players for GMLOK recorded hits. Courtney Schmidt was one of them as she went two for three with two runs scored. The other was Haley Colton, who went one for three and scored a run.
GMLOK 7, Southland 1
The Bulldogs earned their second win of the season in the first half of a doubleheader against the Rebels on Tuesday. They had a great overall game, getting hits from six different batters with four recording stolen bases.
Kailynn Hamersma led the offensive charge for the Bulldogs as she went three for three with three runs batted in. She also scored two runs and stole two bases. Hannah Corson also had a good game as she went one for three and drove in two runs. Stevens, Jessi Lohuis and Theresa Gehling all added a hit and an RBI to the Bulldog cause. Stevens, along with Colton, also stole a base in the game.
Meskill picked up her second win of the season as she was the starting pitcher in this game. She pitched all seven innings and struck out eight batters while giving up only two hits.
Southland 9, GMLOK 11
GMLOK started its first winning streak of the season by beating the Rebels in the second game to sweep the doubleheader. Though this win didn't come as easily, the offensive production was just as impressive as the first game.
Stevens again led the attack for the Bulldog lineup as she went one for five and drove in three more runs. Hamersma, Colton, Lohuis, Shelby Erding and Rio Landers all scored two runs in the game for GMLOK. Colton and Hamersma each added a hit and a stolen base. Despite the 11 runs, the Bulldogs only managed five hits in all, as walks and errors plagued the Rebels. The quintet of Hamersma, Colton, Stevens, Erding and Schmidt accounted for the five hits.
Meskill was again the pitcher for the Bulldogs, and once again she earned the win by pitching all seven innings. She has now accounted for all three of the GMLOK wins on the season. In her seven innings of work in the nightcap, she gave up seven hits and struck out five batters.
GMLOK 27, Mabel-Canton 4
The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to three games on Thursday with a blowout victory over the Mabel-Canton Cougars. GMLOK continued its offensive success in this game as it earned its first 10-run rule win of the year.
Exploding for 27 runs in a five inning game, the Bulldog bats really hit their stride in this game as seven different players recorded hits with five having multiple hits. Landers led the way in the hit department, going a perfect four for four at the plate. She also scored five runs, stole a base, and drove in four runs. Hamersma one-upped Landers in the RBI department as she drove in five runs while going two for three and scoring four runs. Stevens, Schmidt, and Taylor Sanford all had two hits in the game. Stevens and Sanford also drove in three runs while Schmidt drove in four. Erding and Colton each added a hit in the game with the former scoring four runs and driving in three more and the latter scoring three and driving in one.
Meskill started her third consecutive game and earned her fourth win of the season. The freshman only pitched four innings in this outing, giving up five hits and striking out two. Steven came on to pitch in the fifth and final inning. She gave up two hits in her inning of work and sealed the emphatic victory.
GMLOK was scheduled to open up the week with a doubleheader in Caledonia on Monday where they will take on the Warriors. They will then return home on Tuesday for a home doubleheader against the R-P Trojans to conclude the regular season.
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)