Gophers win final regular season softball game
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:42 AM
The Gopher softball team began postseason play last week, starting on Monday with a game against the Goodhue Wildcats. After winning that game, they advanced to the second round where they fell to the Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons on Thursday.
Janessa Erding slides safely into home for a Chatfield score vs. Goodhue. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Goodhue 3, Chatfield 9
In the first round of the sub-section tournament, the third seed Gophers jumped out to an early lead over the sixth seed Goodhue Wildcats and never looked back.
Janessa Erding drove in the first of two runs in the first inning on a single that scored Sidney Irish, who tripled to lead off. Erding also drove in a run on a double in the two run second that gave the Gophers an early 3-1 lead. She also scored a pair of runs in the game.
After a scoreless third, the Gophers added two runs in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Sidney Irish scored her second run of the game in the fourth, crossing home plate on a single off the bat of Shelby Bernard.
The two runs in the sixth came on RBI hits from Brook Irish and Sydney Gould, with the latter hitting a double. Megan LaPlante, who went two for two at the plate, including a double, scored one of her two runs in the inning.
Brook Irish was the winning pitcher for the Gophers. She allowed only one hit, which happened to be a solo home run. That was the only run she surrendered, however, as she shut down the Wildcat lineup, recording six strike outs along the way.
Chatfield 4, Wabasha-Kellogg 6
The second round of the sub-section tournament pitted the third seeded Gophers against the second seed Falcons, which had defeated Chatfield 3-1 earlier in the season. W-K would again escape with a two run victory despite being out-hit by the Gophers 9-4.
After a scoreless first inning, Chatfield put the first run of the game on the scoreboard in the second on a solo home run from Sydney Gould. She would also add a double, one of five total for the Gophers, later in the game.
The other four doubles for Chatfield were recorded by Sidney Irish, Maddy Larrabee, and Bernard, with Larrabee accounting for two. Though the Gophers accumulated more two-base hits than the Falcons did hits, they were unable to string the hits together to push runs across. They were also plagued defensively by errors that allowed the W-K lineup to score runs despite its relative ineffectiveness at the plate.
Brook Irish started the game in the circle for the Gophers again. She pitched all six innings, giving up six runs, two earned, on four hits and seven walks while striking out four.
The Gophers will now face the daunting challenge of reaching the section finals via the losers' bracket. They were to begin that campaign Friday with a game against Lewiston-Altura in Chatfield. The winner of that game played a second game on Friday against the loser of the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro vs. Wabasha-Kellogg game. Results aren't available due to the early print time for the Memorial Day holiday.
The team that makes it through the losers' bracket, which also has games on Monday, would play the winners' bracket winner Thursday, May 29, at Todd Park in Austin for the section title. Game time is 5 p.m. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro is the top seed in the east while Hayfield is the top seed in the west.
Sub-section 1A East Softball
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 8, Mabel-Canton 0
Lewiston-Altura 4, Houston 1
Wabasha-Kellogg 16, Rushford-Peterson 5
Chatfield 9, Goodhue 4
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2, Lewiston-Altura 0
Wabasha-Kellogg 7, Chatfield 4
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2, Wabasha-Kellogg 1
Chatfield 13, Lewiston-Altura 3
Chatfield 9, Wabasha-Kellogg 2
FC/L advanced to section tournament as 1A East champion; Chatfield advanced as runner-up
Section 1A Tournament
Kenyon-Wanamingo 2, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 0
Chatfield 4, Hayfield 3 (8 inn.)
Chatfield 6, Fillmore Central/Lannesboro 1
Finals May 29
Chatfield vs. Kenyon-Wanamingo (Chatfield will have to defeat K-W twice)
Three Rivers South Softball
Including May 27 games
*Spring Grove/Caledonia 9-1 (17-3 season)
Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 8-2 (15-5 season)
^Chatfield 7-3 (17-7 season)
GMLOK 4-6 (8-14 season)
Rushford-Peterson 2-8 (4-14 season)
Southland 0-10 (2-19 season)
* champion, ^still alive in playoffs