Baseball team back on track with three wins
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 5:33 AM
Coming off of their second loss of the season two Fridays ago, the Chatfield baseball team got back on track with three decisive wins this past week. The three-win week pushed the Gopher's record to 7-2 on the season.
Zach Eggers comes up with the ball still in his glove for the out against Caledonia/Spring Grove. Chatfield teammates Dan Narveson and Ben Pierce are there for back up. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Dover-Eyota 5, Chatfield 15 (F/6)
The Gophers began the week by winning a 10-run rule shortened game on Thursday against the Eagles in which Chatfield recorded a season-high 15 runs.
D-E jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by scoring a run in the top half of each the first and third innings. The Gophers responded in the bottom of the third as a one out double by Ben Pierce sparked a two-run inning that tied the game up.
After tying the game up in the previous inning, the Gophers broke the game open in the fourth with an eight-run outburst. Dan Narveson highlighted the offensive fireworks by smashing a two-run double to deep left field with the bases loaded. Three batters later, the bases were loaded once again for second baseman Zach Eggers who came through with a two run single. Eggers had a great game for the Gopher offense, going three for three with a sacrifice fly and four runs batted in.
Starting pitcher Tristian Aguiar was relieved in the fifth inning by fellow sophomore Aaron Paulson. During his four-inning start, Aguiar allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Paulson pitched two innings in relief to secure the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out four.
The three runs allowed by Paulson came in the fifth and pulled the Eagles back to within five runs. The Gopher offense fired back, though, as a run in the bottom half of the fifth and four more in the sixth slammed the door shut on the game. The four run sixth inning was capped off by an Eggers RBI single that ended the game.
Caledonia/Spring Grove 0, Chatfield 3
In contrast to the offensive onslaught of the day before, the Gophers used solid pitching and defense to earn their second win of the week on Friday over the Warriors. Chatfield retired the first 11 Warrior batters of the game and allowed only three total base runners en route to the victory.
Ethan Woltz started the game for Chatfield and pitched six strong innings. The junior gave up only one hit and two walks while striking out four in his portion of the shutout. Drew Hurley came on to relieve him in the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning to earn the save.
The Gopher offense scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Pierce led off the inning with a single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eggers. He scored one pitch later as shortstop Jake Neis drove him in with a single.
Neis would advance to second on a Nate Skare walk then cross home plate on an RBI double by first baseman Noah Grant. Skare, who advanced to third on the Grant double, scored the final run of the inning and game on a Tommy Jech sacrifice fly.
Chatfield 6, Lewiston-Altura 1
The Gophers traveled to Lewiston on Saturday to take on the Cardinals in what was their third game in as many days. Chatfield capped off the week with another win on the heels of another stellar pitching performance and a five-run first inning.
After the first three batters of the game loaded the bases for the Gophers, Jech, who was the starting pitcher in this contest, helped his own cause with a double that scored two runs. Woltz followed with an RBI single that pushed the lead to 3-0. Woltz and Payton Lund, the courtesy runner inserted for Jech, would score in the next at bat as Narveson drove them in on a double to the gap in right.
Those five first innings runs proved to be more than enough for Jech, who pitched a complete game. In his seven innings of work the junior pitcher allowed only one unearned run on four hits and five walks while recording six strikeouts.
The Gophers scored their sixth and final run of the game in the top half of the seventh inning. After reaching on a walk and advancing to second on another, Sawyer Prinsen was driven in on a Hurley single. Jech took the mound in the bottom half of the inning and retired the side to finish his complete game and secure the win.
The Gophers will conclude a stretch of seven games in six days with doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. Chatfield was scheduled to host Rushford-Peterson for a pair of games on Monday then travel to Harmony to play two against Fillmore Central on Tuesday. After a couple of days' rest they will close out the week with a home game against the Southland Rebels on Friday.
TRC South Baseball
Southland 9-0 (12-0 season)
Chatfield 11-2 (11-2 season)
Caledonia/Spring Grove 4-5 (4-5 season)
GMLOK 2-9 (2-9 season)
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 1-5 (1-5 season)