Gophers close out regular season with
win, open tourney with another victory
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:39 AM
The Chatfield baseball team closed out its regular season on Monday against the GMLOK Bulldogs with a game that was rescheduled after being postponed due to inclement weather earlier in the year. From there, they began postseason play, opening up the sub-section tournament with a game against the Houston Cougars on Thursday.
Noah Grant makes the out at first base for the Gophers during a game against Houston. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Chatfield 14, GMLOK 2
The Gophers scored early and often as they cruised to victory over the Bulldogs in their final game before sub-section tournament play began.
After putting up two runs in the first inning, the Gophers added another in the second when TJ Moeching hit an RBI double that scored Drew Hurley.
Chatfield opened its lead to 6-1 in the third inning with three more runs. Jake Neis hit one of his two doubles of the game in the inning and would come around to score on a single by Ethan Woltz. Neis also added a pair of singles to go with his two doubles as he went four for four and scored four runs in the game.
The Gophers sent four different pitchers to the mound in the game and all four stifled the Bulldog lineup, allowing only four total hits. Tommy Jech started the game and pitched the first two innings. He gave up an unearned run and one hit while striking out two. Woltz relieved him in the third, giving up an earned run on a walk and a hit during his only inning of work. Tristan Aguiar and Neis combined to pitch four scoreless innings to finish the game, with Aguiar pitching an inning and Neis pitching three. Each struck out a batter in his time on the mound.
GMLOK's fourth inning run cut the Gopher lead to 6-2. That would be as close as they would get, however, as Chatfield scored seven unanswered runs in the final four innings, including four in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Houston 2, Chatfield 7
The opening round of the sub-section tournament pitted the second seed Gophers against the seventh seed Houston Cougars. Despite a first inning run that gave the Cougars a lead that would stand through the second, Chatfield was able to earn the victory and advance to the second round thanks in part to a four-run third inning.
Nate Skare started the game on the mound for the Gophers and pitched the first two innings. He allowed an unearned run on a hit and four walks while striking out five. Jech relieved him in the third and pitched through the fourth, allowing no runs or hits and striking out four.
After trailing 1-0 for the first two innings of the game, Chatfield fired back with four runs in the third to claim the lead. The four-run inning was highlighted by a two run single off the bat of Skare. He would also score a run later in the inning.
The Gophers would add another run in the fourth inning and two more in the final innings of the game to cruise to the 7-2 victory.
Chatfield was involved in sub-section play over the Memorial Day weekend. Results weren't available due to early printing caused by the holiday. The Gophers were scheduled to host the sub-section semifinals on Saturday morning. The number one seed Wabasha-Kellogg played Fillmore Central/Lanesboro to open play. Following that game, the Gophers played third seed Lewiston-Altura Cardinals at 12:30.
The title game was set for Monday at Chatfield. The first place team advances to the section final four unbeaten bracket at Austin while the second place team advances to the section final pool of teams with one loss. Section 1A games are set for Saturday, May 31. Southland is the top seed in the west sub-section.
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*Chatfield 10-0 (17-3 season)
Southland 8-2 (18-4 season)
Caledonia/Spring Grove 5-5 (7-9 season)
Fillmore/Lanesboro 3-7 (4-14 season)
Rushford-Peterson 2-8 (3-16 season)
GMLOK 2-8 (3-17 season)