Baseball team edged out in pitchers' duel
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:03 AM
The Chatfield baseball team was back in action on Thursday after having its Tuesday game postponed due to the weather. The Gophers hosted the Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons in what was Chatfield's only game of the week. Despite an outstanding all around effort from coach Brian Baum's team, the Gophers fell in a pitchers' duel to the Falcons, 2-1.
Dan Narveson of the Gophers makes a diving catch in the outfield vs. Wabasha-Kellogg. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
The Gophers were held scoreless by the Falcon pitching for the first three innings, with singles from Ethan Woltz and Ben Pierce in the third accounting for their only baserunners in the early stages of the game.
In the fourth, Jake Neis led off the bottom of the inning with a single. He then stole second, moved to third on a fielder's choice, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Tom Jech. After scoring that run, however, the Gophers were held hitless, totaling only two baserunners for the balance of the game.
Defensively, the Gophers played a great game, including throwing out two Falcon baserunners at home plate on what coach Baum described as "great relay throws from (Zach) Eggers and (Drew) Hurley." Baum also credited the hustle and arm strength of outfielders Woltz and Dan Narveson for enabling cutoff-men Eggers and Hurley to deliver the baseball home to nab the runners.
After allowing a first inning run, the Gopher pitching staff shut the Falcons out for the next five innings, striking out five batters along the way. The game remained tied at 1-1 until the top half of the seventh inning, when a two out, solo home run for the Falcons gave them a 2-1 lead.
The Gophers have a busy week upcoming, with two games on the road and one at home. They were to begin the week with an away game on Monday at Winona Cotter followed by another away game on Tuesday at Plainview-Elgin-Millville. They will close out the week with a home game against St. Charles on Thursday.