Softball team ends regular season with sweep
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:23 AM
The GMLOK Bulldogs concluded their softball season with a pair of doubleheaders early last week. They dropped both games to Caledonia/Spring Grove on Monday but rebounded nicely by sweeping Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday.
GMLOK 1, Caledonia/Spring Grove 10
In the opening game of the week the Bulldogs were defeated by a talented Warrior team that has lost only one game all spring.
The GMLOK lineup struggled to get things going, managing only four hits total. Alayna Meskill recorded one of those hits and also scored the team's lone run. She was driven in by a hit off the bat of Theresa Gehling. The two remaining hits for the Bulldogs came from Jamie Stevens and Rio Landers.
Stevens was the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs in this contest. She pitched all six innings and allowed 10 hits while striking out one.
Caledonia/Spring Grove 17, GMLOK 2
The nightcap of the doubleheader was much of the same as the Bulldogs again were unable to contain the Warrior offense and score a good amount of runs.
Despite doubling their run total from the first game, the Bulldogs actually managed one less hit in this game. Two of those hits came from Stevens. The sophomore also drove in GMLOK's only two runs in the game. Haley Colton, who reached on a walk, and Courtney Schmidt, who had the only other hit for the Bulldogs, scored the two runs.
Kailynn Hamersma started the game in the circle for the Bulldogs and pitched the game's first two innings. She allowed eight hits and struck out one in her time on the rubber. Meskill came in to relieve her in the third and pitched the final three innings. She allowed only three hits in her relief appearance.
Rushford-Peterson 2, GMLOK 12
After having their three-game win streak ended the day before, the Bulldogs started a new winning streak on Tuesday. That streak began with a 10-run rule victory over the Trojans in the opener.
GMLOK had more hits in this game than it recorded in both games the day before, putting up eight in all. They were led by Hannah Corson and Theresa Gehling, who each had two. Both also drove in a run with Corson scoring one as well. Stevens again led the team in RBIs as her one hit drove in two runs. Despite going hitless, Hamersma and Colton both had productive games for the Bulldogs offense too. Hamersma scored a pair of runs and drove in another while Colton scored three runs and stole a base. Meanwhile, both Landers and Schmidt scored two runs on one hit in the game.
The Bulldogs starting pitcher, Meskill, pitched all five innings and earned the win, her fifth of the spring. The freshman gave up five hits and struck out five in her complete game outing. She also contributed to her own cause offensively, going one for two with an RBI and a run scored.
GMLOK 13, Rushford-Peterson 2
GMLOK extended its modest winning streak to two in the series and regular season finale, defeating the Trojans emphatically in the nightcap. The Bulldog lineup really came alive in this game, recording 13 hits in all, with four players having a multi-hit game. Stevens led the way in the hit department, going three for four at the plate. She also drove in a team-high five runs and scored two more. Gracie Schmidt and Meskill each recorded two hits and two runs batted in with Schmidt. Courtney Schmidt was the fourth Bulldog to get more than one hit as she went two for three and scored two runs. Both Colton and Landers added a hit and scored a pair of runs as well. Colton also drove in two runs and stole two more bases.
Meskill started the game in the circle for the Bulldogs and recorded her sixth win of the season. She pitched three innings and allowed only two hits while striking out three. Stevens relieved her in the fourth and pitched into the sixth. During her three innings on the rubber she allowed four hits and struck out two. Courtney Schmidt closed the game out for the Bulldogs, pitching the seventh inning and recording two of her three outs on strikeouts.
The Bulldogs 6-12 regular season record earned them the fifth seed in the sub-section tournament, which pits them against the fourth seeded St. Charles Saints Thursday at St. Charles. The two teams met earlier this season with the Saints winning a close one, 5-4.