Haley Colton of the Bulldogs prepares for the tag of Chatfield’s Janessa Erding at second base. SAM CLEMENS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Haley Colton of the Bulldogs prepares for the tag of Chatfield’s Janessa Erding at second base. SAM CLEMENS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
The GMLOK softball team began its season last week with a pair of doubleheaders, one on Tuesday and another on Thursday, against two conference foes. The Bulldogs traveled to Chatfield for their first two games and ended the week with two games in Preston against the Fillmore Central Falcons. The Knights were unable to come away with any victories in their first week of action, but did have some competitive games.

GMLOK 0, Chatfield 21 (F/5)

In the first of two games at Chatfield, the Bulldogs were still shaking out the cobwebs, falling 21-0 in five innings. The formidable Gopher squad held the Bulldog bats in-check allowing only two hits, one to senior Haley Colton and the other to junior Jessi Lohuis.

GMLOK starting pitcher Jamie Stevens had a rough outing, giving up 14 hits while striking out one batter in her three innings of work. Alayna Meskill came on in relief of Stevens in the fourth and gave up a hit and struck out a batter in her inning of work.

GMLOK 0, Chatfield 10 (F/5)

In the nightcap of the double-dip, the Bulldogs were again unable to push a run around to score and lost 10-0. Hannah Corson and Rio Landers accounted for the only two hits for the Bulldogs in this game, as the Chatfield pitchers continued to stymie the GMLOK lineup.

Kailynn Hamersma started the game for the Bulldogs and pitched the first three innings. The senior allowed five hits in her three innings. Meskill again came on in relief in the fourth. Her second pitching appearance of the day didn't go as smoothly as the first as she gave up six hits in two innings.

GMLOK 1, Fillmore Central 2

After a pair of tough losses on Tuesday, the Bulldogs came back ready to play on Thursday, finding themselves in a pitcher's duel in the first of two games against the Falcons. Meskill, a freshman, got her first start of the season and went the distance for GMLOK. She allowed just three hits in her six innings of work while striking out eight.

Despite the impressive pitching performance, the Bulldogs again struggled to score runs. They did, however, show improvement at the plate, totaling four hits in the opening game of the day. Colton went two for three and drove in the team's first run of the season while freshman infielder Courtney Schmidt added the team's only other two hits, going two for three as well.

GMLOK 3, Fillmore Central 9

The Bulldogs continued to show signs of improvement in their final game of the week, although they again failed to put a notch in the win column. Stevens and Hamersma combined to pitch four innings in which they gave up only one hit. Meskill continued to be the workhorse of the staff, pitching another three innings in relief. The freshman allowed five hits while striking out four during her time on the mound.

Offensively, the GMLOK bats continued to improve, getting hits from four different players. Stevens led the way for the Bulldog lineup, going two for four. Colton, Rialie Fenske and Theresa Gehling each added a hit as well.

On deck

The Bulldogs will continue the pursuit of their first win of the season on Tuesday when they travel to Plainview to take on the PEM Bulldogs. GMLOK will then host its first home game of the year on Thursday when they take on the St. Charles Saints.