Busy Bulldogs get first softball win
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:02 AM
The GMLOK softball team doubled its total number of games played this season by playing five last week.
Haley Colton of the Bulldogs makes a tag on a Lewiston runner trying to steal second base. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
After starting the week with a home loss to Lewiston-Altura on Tuesday, the Bulldogs then lost both games of a home doubleheader to the visiting Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs. GMLOK rebounded from those losses nicely by getting their first win of the season against Byron while playing in a tournament held in Lewiston. The second game of the tournament matched the Bulldogs up against the Cardinals in a rematch of Tuesday's game. The outcome was the same, however, as GMLOK closed the week with a second loss to Lewiston-Altura.
Lewiston-Altura 15, GMLOK 3
Alayna Meskill started the game on the mound for the Bulldogs and pitched four innings during which she gave up four hits and struck out a batter. Jamie Stevens relieved Meskill and pitched the final three innings of the game. Stevens gave up three hits and struck out two in her time on the mound.
The Bulldog lineup also struggled against the Cardinals, managing only three hits throughout the game. Two of those hits came from Courtney Schmidt, while the other came from Theresa Gehling, who accounted for GMLOK's only RBI in the game. Meskill, Jessi Lohuis and Haley Colton all scored runs for the Bulldogs.
P-E-M 16, GMLOK 8
Stevens got the starting nod from coach John Fesnke in the first game of the Friday doubleheader. She struck out three and allowed nine hits in her four innings of work. Meskill relieved Stevens in the fifth and completed the game. The freshman pitcher gave up five hits and recorded a strikeout in three innings on the mound.
The GMLOK bats came alive in this game as seven different players recorded hits. Meskill and Gehling each went two for four at the plate. Stevens pushed three runs across the plate on her only hit when she clubbed her first home run of the year. The team ran the bases well, stealing six bases total, with two each from Colton and Lohuis. Of the eight runs scored, half came from Colton and Kailynn Hamersma, who each crossed home plate twice.
P-E-M 11, GMLOK 6
Meskill was back on the mound to start the game for the Bulldogs in the nightcap of the doubleheader. She went the distance this time, pitching six innings while allowing nine hits and striking out three.
Offensively, Colton, Stevens and Rio Landers led the way for the Bulldogs. Colton went two for four at the plate and scored a run while Stevens went one for three, scored two runs, and drove in another. Landers, a sophomore, went one for four, scored a run and drove in two more. GMLOK continued to be active on the base paths as they stole four more bases.
Byron 12, GMLOK 13 (F/8)
The Bulldogs earned their first win of the season in their opening game of a tournament held in Lewiston. It took an extra inning to complete the victory, but it was worth the wait as GMLOK edged Byron by one run.
Meskill and Stevens again carried the pitching staff as the two combined to allow 11 hits and strike out four in the game. Meskill, who finished the game for the Bulldogs, earned the team's first win.
GMLOK had a huge game offensively, getting contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup. Stevens highlighted the offensive success, going a perfect four for four from the plate, scoring two runs, and knocking in five. Hamersma also had a great game as she went three for four, scored three runs, and added two runs batted in. Colton added three more hits and three runs batted in to the Bulldog cause.
GMLOK 7, Lewiston-Altura 9
In a rematch of a game played earlier this week, the Bulldogs sent Stevens to the mound to start, looking to exact revenge for Tuesday's loss. GMLOK was unable to build on their first win, however, as they lost by two to the home Cardinals.
Stevens pitched the first five innings of the game and gave up only four hits while striking out two. In predictive fashion, Meskill came on to relieve Stevens. Meskill allowed two hits and struck a batter out in her two innings of work.
The Bulldogs had another impressive offensive performance, as they got 10 hits from six different players. Schmidt led the team in hits with three and also scored two runs. Stevens and Colton each added two hits apiece and combined to drive in five runs. Landers, Hannah Corson and Taylor Sanford each added a hit as well.
The Bulldogs will look at putting a second notch in the win column on Tuesday when they visit the Winona Cotter Ramblers. Then, on Thursday, GMLOK will travel to Eyota to take on the Dover-Eyota Eagles.
TRC South Softball
Caledonia/Spring Grove 8-1 (8-01 season)
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 6-2 (7-2 season)
Chatfield 7-3 (7-3 season)
GMLOK 2-8 (3-10 season)
Rushford-Peterson 1-7 (1-8 season)
Southland 1-7 (1-9 season)