Exciting week for baseball team as it gets five wins
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:42 AM
With the season winding down, the Chatfield baseball team has hit its stride, winning all five of its games this past week. The Gophers swept a pair of doubleheaders to begin the week and won in walk-off fashion against the state ranked Rebels on Friday.
Zach Eggers of the Gophers slides into second base during a game against Rushford-Peterson. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
R-P 1, Chatfield 6
The Gophers opened their week with a win in the front end of a doubleheader against the Trojans. Strong pitching performances from Jake Neis and Zach Eggers, and a five-run third inning propelled Chatfield to victory.
Neis allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out three in his start. He allowed only one run, which came in his fifth and final inning. Eggers replaced Neis on the mound in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one walk while striking out three.
After being held scoreless for the first two innings, the Gopher lineup came alive in the third, scoring five runs. The rally was started by Ben Pierce, who drew a one out walk and was the first of four consecutive batters to reach base and eventually score. A two-run double by Nate Skare that plated Pierce and Eggers started the scoring.
Two batters later Tommy Jech added another two-run double that scored Neis and Skare. Jech would later come around to score on a single by Ethan Woltz.
The Gophers added their sixth run of the game in the sixth inning. Drew Hurley scored that run, as he crossed home plate on a double by Eggers. Eggers took the mound in the top of the seventh and put the game away, striking out the final two Trojan batters.
Chatfield 4, R-P 2
Despite accumulating only three hits, Chatfield was able to get another victory in the nightcap of Monday's doubleheader by drawing three walks and capitalizing on three Trojan errors.
The Gophers got a first inning run from Skare in rather peculiar fashion. Skare reached on a walk, stole second base, and then scored when a dropped third strike resulted in an errant throw to first base.
The Trojans took the lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run home run off of starting pitcher Aaron Paulson. The home run was one of only three hits given up by Paulson, who pitched three innings to earn the win. Hurley would take over on the mound in the fourth and pitch the final two innings of the shortened game. In his two innings of work he allowed a walk and no hits while striking out two.
After a scoreless second inning, Chatfield scored one run in each the third, fourth, and fifth innings. The game tying run in the third was scored by Eggers, who was driven in on a single by Carter Duxbury. The eventual game winning run in the fourth was scored by Dan Narveson, who reached on a single and came around to score on a passed ball. Finally, the insurance run in the fifth inning was scored by Neis on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jech.
Chatfield 22, Fillmore Central 14
The opening game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Falcons was an offensive shootout in which the two teams combined for 36 runs. The Gophers were able to outscore Fillmore Central by pushing across eight runs in both the first and fifth innings.
The eight run first inning started with three consecutive walks followed by a HBP, giving Noah Grant an RBI and putting Chatfield up 1-0 before a ball had been put in play. The next batter, Jech, ended that trend as he got the game's first hit with a single that scored Neis from third. Chatfield would go on to get three more run scoring singles in the inning, highlighted by Hurley's that scored two.
Hurley had an outstanding game for the Gophers, going four for four, drawing two walks and scoring five runs. He also drove in three runs.
Walks would continue to haunt the Falcons, as the Gophers eight run fifth inning was sparked by six more free passes. When they were getting pitches to hit, however, Chatfield took advantage as Jech, Grant and TJ Moeching all recorded run scoring hits in the fifth.
A number of Gopher batters had phenomenal days at the plate, including Jech, who went four for six, scored two runs and drove in two more. Moeching also had a great game, going three for five and driving in a team-high four runs.
Although the Gopher pitchers gave up 14 runs, only six of those were earned, as seven errors allowed eight runs to score. Ethan Woltz started the game for Chatfield and gave up all six of the earned runs and eight in all. He allowed eight hits, three walks, and struck out three in his four innings of work. Sawyer Prinsen came in to pitch in the fifth and gave up five unearned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one. Hurley came in to close out the game in the sixth. He pitched two innings and gave up an unearned run on only one hit.
Fillmore Central 1, Chatfield 14 (F/5)
In the second half of the doubleheader, Chatfield tightened up its defense while continuing its offensive production, defeating the Falcons via the 10-run rule in five innings.
The Gophers jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead when an Eggers leadoff double was followed by a home run from Neis, who was only a triple shy of the cycle in the game.
After a scoreless second inning, Chatfield broke the game open in the third with 12 more runs. Eight different batters drove in a run in the inning and three had two hits. Neis was among those who had two hits in the inning, and his second, a double, drove in two runs.
Eggers had a great game from the leadoff spot in the order, going three for four with three runs scored. He also drove in a run in the 12 run third inning.
Tristan Aguiar started the game for Chatfield on the mound and pitched four perfect innings. He retired all 12 batters he faced, striking out three of them. Skare came on in relief to pitch the fifth and final inning. He allowed the Falcons only run on two hits and two walks while striking out one.
Southland 1, Chatfield 2
The Gophers closed out the week by defeating the No. 2 state ranked and previously unbeaten Southland Rebels in dramatic fashion.
Neis started the game on the mound for Chatfield and pitched four scoreless innings. He had yet to allow a hit or issue a walk when he was forced to leave the game due to an injury sustained on the base paths in the bottom of the fourth. Jech replaced Neis and pitched the final three innings of the game. He allowed one run, which was unearned, on two hits and a walk while striking out three. The Rebels' only run, which was the first of the game, was scored in the top of the sixth inning.
The Gophers responded by tying up the game in the bottom of the sixth when Pierce scored from third on a dropped third strike that allowed Aguiar to reach base. That would be all Chatfield would get in the inning, however.
After the Rebels were unable to reclaim the lead in the top of the seventh, the Gophers had a chance to win with a single run in the bottom of the inning. Jech drew a leadoff walk to start the inning. Pinch runner Payton Lund took his place at first base and was advanced to third on a single by Woltz. After a strike out, Hurley came to the plate with the winning run still on third. He wasted no time in ending the game as he lined the first pitch of the at-bat up the middle for a single, allowing Lund to score.
The Gophers will get another look at the talented Southland Rebels when they play their only game of the week in Adams on Thursday.
TRC South Baseball (May 14)
Chatfield 9-0 (13-2 season)
Southland 7-1 (14-2 season)
Caledonia/Spring Grove 4-4 (6-5 season)
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2-6 (2-8 season)
GM/L-O/K 1-5 (2-12 season)
Rushford-Peterson 0-7 (0-13 season)