GMLOK getting in baseball games before Thursday's tourney
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:21 AM
The GMLOK baseball team looked to build some momentum with postseason action on the horizon, playing a trio of games last week. They dropped the first game of the week against Rushford-Peterson then split a doubleheader against the Caledonia/Spring Grove Warriors.
GMLOK 2, Rushford-Peterson 4
The Bulldogs were unable to get the win despite jumping out to an early lead and maintaining that lead into the sixth inning.
Both of the GMLOK runs were scored by the first two batters of the game. Blake Olson led off the game with a single that was followed by a Trenton Bleifus triple that scored him from first. Bleifus would score one batter later when Doug Sabatke grounded out to the pitcher.
Olson and Bleifus went two for three in the game, with Olson adding a single in the third and Bleifus adding one in the sixth. Quinn Larson and Wyatt Richardson were the only other Bulldog batters with hits in the game, both contributing singles.
The Trojans cut the Bulldog lead in half with a run in the fourth and erased it with four runs in the sixth, giving them the 4-2 lead that would eventually be the final score.
Isiah Bubany started the game for the Bulldogs and pitched all six innings, giving up four runs, none of which were earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out three.
Caledonia/Spring Grove 4, GMLOK 2
In the front end of a doubleheader on Thursday the Bulldogs dropped another close game to the Warriors.
The Warriors put up a run in each the first and third innings to take a two run lead. GMLOK responded by scoring two runs in the fourth to tie the game up at two. The first of those runs was scored by Bleifus, who led off the inning with a single. He was moved to third on a double by Isaac Tangen and advanced home on a throwing error in the same play. Tangen, who advanced to third on the previous play, scored when the next batter, Bubany, singled to right.
Bulldog starting pitcher Tangen pitched the game's first five innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks. He also struck out five batters. The senior pitcher contributed to his own cause at the plate as well, going three for three with a pair of doubles. Larson relieved Tangen in the sixth and pitched the final two innings for GMLOK. In his time on the mound, Larson gave up an unearned run on one hit while striking out three.
GMLOK 6, Caledonia/Spring Grove 4
The Bulldogs bounced back in the finale of the doubleheader, winning in extra innings on the heels of a game-tying run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth.
GMLOK opened up the scoring with a run in the first inning when Olson took a one-out walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a Sabatke single. The Warriors, however, responded with three runs in the third to take a 4-1.
The Bulldogs climbed back to within one in the fifth, scoring two runs in the inning. The first of those two runs was scored by Larson, who singled to lead off the inning, on a double off the bat of Josh Shorter. The second run scored two batters later as Shorter crossed home plate on the second of Jacob Rindels's three hits in the game.
Still down one going into the seventh inning the Bulldogs need to get a run to keep the game alive and they did just that. Rindels led off the inning with a single that was followed by two more singles from Olson and Sabatke, the latter of which allowed him to score on an error.
After retiring the Warriors in order in the bottom of the seventh, the game moved to extra innings with the score tied at four.
Dane Gillespie started the rally for GMLOK in the top half of the eighth, drawing a one-out walk. He would move to second base when Rindels reached first on an error. Two batters later, Bleifus atoned for a strikeout in the seventh by smashing a two run triple to the gap in right-center. Though he would be stranded on third, the damage was done, as the Bulldogs retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth to come away with the 6-4 victory.
Olson got the start in the nightcap for the Bulldogs. He pitched three innings while allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk. Larson replaced Olson in the fourth and pitched five scoreless innings to close out the game. During his five innings of work, Larson allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out eight.
The Bulldogs will conclude their regular season with games on Monday and Tuesday that were rescheduled due to unfavorable weather conditions. The Bulldogs will host the Chatfield Gophers on Monday and the Lewiston-Altura Cardinals on Tuesday. Then, on Thursday, the Bulldogs will take on the LaCrescent Lancers in the opening round of the sub-section tournament. GMLOK, seeded eighth in the sub-section with its modest 3-14 record, will look to pull off the upset against the number one seed Lancers.