Walk-off home run gives softball team another win
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:22 AM
The Chatfield softball team has compiled a 4-2 record since it began its season on April 8. The Gophers started the season with a pair of doubleheaders that had them playing four games in just three days. In the last two weeks however, they have only played two games total.
Brook Irish, right, is greeted by her Chatfield teammates at home after hitting her second home run against Plainview-Elgin-Millville. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
The first of two doubleheaders to open the season was against the GMLOK Bulldogs. The Gophers completely dominated both games, as their pitching staff held the Bulldogs scoreless on the day. The offense was every bit as good as the defense, tallying 21 runs in the first game and 10 in the second.
The Gophers played their second doubleheader just two days later against Caledonia/Spring Grove. In the first game, the Gophers took their first loss of the season falling 7-3 despite accumulating more hits than their opponent. Chatfield rebounded in the second game, getting back into the win column with a 4-0 victory that was highlighted by pitcher Jennifer Hanson's complete game, 10-strikeout performance.
After having a week off, the Gophers then traveled to Wabasha to take on the W-K Falcons. Although they again outhit their opponent, the Gophers weren't able to string their hits together to push runs across. They took an early one run lead but were outscored 3-0 after that, losing by a score of 3-1.
P-E-M 7, Chatfield 8
In its most recent game of the season, Chatfield hosted Plainview-Elgin-Millville in what was a back-and-forth contest that included four lead changes and a walk-off home run.
Hanson got the start for the Gophers and pitched all seven innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits while striking out eight Bulldog batters.
After P-E-M jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Chatfield tied the game up with a run scoring single by Sydney Gould in the first and another by Kirsten Keefe in the third.
The Bulldogs fired right back, regaining the lead in the fourth inning and stretching it to two runs in the fifth. In their half of the fifth inning, the Gophers took their first lead of the game, however. Keefe started the scoring in the bottom of fifth with an RBI double. Junior Brook Irish followed that up with a three-run home run that gave Chatfield a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, though, the Bulldogs again stormed back, scoring three runs to regain the lead by one. That set the stage for some last inning heroics by Irish.
Trailing by one going into the bottom of the seventh, the Gophers needed some offense. A Gould single was bookended by a pair of outs to begin the inning, leaving Chatfield with just one out left. That turned out to be all they needed, as Irish came through with her second home run of the game. This one, a two-run shot, ended the game, as the Gophers won 8-7.
The Gopher softball team will be back in action on Tuesday when the Gophers host the Lewiston-Altura Cardinals. They will then play an away game in Eyota on Thursday against the Dover-Eyota Eagles. Finally, Chatfield will close out the week with a home game on Friday against the Winona Cotter Ramblers.