GMLOK’s Doug Sabatke stretches to make one of three close outs at first vs. Rushford-Peterson.  CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
GMLOK’s Doug Sabatke stretches to make one of three close outs at first vs. Rushford-Peterson. CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The GMLOK baseball team started its season with a flurry last week, playing three games in four days. The Bulldogs rebounded nicely after losing their first two games to Chatfield and St. Charles by winning impressively against the Rushford-Peterson Trojans on Thursday.

GMLOK 0, St. Charles 7

GMLOK traveled to St. Charles to begin its season last Monday, hoping to start the season with a win. The Saints were not willing to oblige, however, as their pitching staff shut down the Bulldog lineup and took the victory.

Isaac Tangen took the mound to start the season for the Bulldogs. The senior pitcher completed the first three innings of the game, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks. Of the four runs charged to Tangen, only two of them were earned runs. He also struck out four batters. Trenton Bleifus relieved Tangen in the fourth and finished the rest of the game. Bleifus gave up three more runs, all earned, on four hits and a pair of walks. He matched Tangen's strikeout total, with four.

Offensively, the Bulldogs managed only four total base runners, two coming on hits and the other two via base on balls. Jacob Rindels walked to lead off the game and promptly stole second, only to be stranded. Blake Olson also drew a walk. Doug Sabatke and Bleifus accounted for the only two Bulldog hits, with Sabatke singling to start the second and Bleifus clubbing a double to right in the sixth.

GMLOK 0, Chatfield 10 (F/5)

The Bulldogs were on the road in Chatfield last Tuesday for their second game of the season, looking to pick up their first win. Unfortunately for them, the Gopher pitching staff was stifling, allowing GMLOK zero runs in a 10-run rule shortened game.

Isiah Bubany got the second start for the Bulldogs and pitched well despite having to overcome six errors in the field. The junior hurler completed four innings while giving up nine runs, two of which were earned runs, and allowed five hits. He also struck out four and walked three in his time toeing the rubber. Wyatt Richardson relieved Bubany in the fifth and gave up the winning run before recording an out.

GMLOK's struggles were not limited to the field, as its lineup produced only three hits, all singles. Rindels, Tangen, and Blake Olson each went one for two at the plate. The Bulldogs also drew three walks, with one each from Rindels, Bubany, and Richardson. Olson, playing second base, also recorded a stolen base.

GMLOK 8, R-P 4

The Bulldogs played host to the Rushford-Peterson Trojans last Thursday in what was their first home game of the season. After being shutout in its two previous games, GMLOK's offense began to show signs of life as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

GMLOK coach Brad Reiter called upon Tangen for his second start of the week as his Bulldogs looked to claim their first win of the season. Tangen pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits and two walks. The senior pitcher attacked the Trojan batters with strikes and recorded five K's. Reid Buchmann took over for Tangen in the seventh and allowed the Trojans' other three runs before retiring the side to end the game.

The Bulldogs' previously dormant bats also came alive in this game as they tallied 11 hits as a team. Bleifus led the way for the offense, recording an outstanding four for four game from the plate including a triple. He also drove in two runs and scored three more. Tangen helped his own cause with a two for three game, driving in three runs and scoring another. Tangen also hit a triple, which was one of three on the game for the Bulldogs. The third triple of the game for GMLOK came from Doug Sabatke, who went one for two with a walk and an RBI as well. Rindels set the table for the Bulldogs at the top of the lineup, going two for four with three runs scored and two stolen bases.

On deck

The Bulldogs will look to build on their first win of the season when they take on Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Tuesday in Plainview. GMLOK will then hope to avenge their season opening loss as they welcome St. Charles to Spring Valley on Thursday.