W-K tops Warriors in season opener

Ryan Frank delivered the pitch to a waiting W-K batter, as their baseman Blaine Storlie readied for a possible play. Photo by Zach Thomas

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Caledonia/Spring Grove bats boomed in the bottom of the first inning last Thursday when the Warriors hosted Wabasha-Kellogg. Following a base hit by Josh Lampert, Austin Goergen blasted out a home run to give the home-standing Warriors a 2-0 lead.

That lead was short-lived however, as W-K scored eight unanswered runs in the second, third and seventh innings and beat the local nine in their home opener 8-5.

The Warriors were able to pick up three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within three runs, but it was too little too late, as the visiting Falcons notched a Three Rivers Conference win.

“The difference in the game was that Wabasha put the ball into play more consistently than we did,” Warrior coach Dave Konz said. “We watched too many good pitches go by and got ourselves into bad hitter’s counts which accounted for 11 strikeouts.

“We finally got aggressive in the seventh inning and hit the ball well but at that point we had dug ourselves too big of a hole to get out.”

Goergen led the Warrior hitters, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a home run. Blaine Storlie was 2 for 4, Ryan Eppen was 1 for 2 with a run scored, Matt Petersen was 1 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, Lampert was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Travis Frank was 1 for 4, and Ryan Frank was 1 for 2.

Ryan Frank pitched the first five innings and gave up five unearned runs on eight W-B hits, one walk and he struck out six. Petersen pitched the last two innings and gave up three earned runs on two hits, including a home run and two walks.

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The Warriors' Ryan Eppen slid safely into second base, as the W-K shortstop jumped out of the way. Photo by Zach Thomas