By Tom Murphy
In an early season showdown between two conference rivals, Spring Grove/Caledonia beat Houston 2-1 last Thursday on the Hurricanes’ home field.
Taylor Augedahl scored the winning run on a throwing error on an attempted first and third pickoff. She was running for Amber Betz who had opened the fifth inning with a single.
Lottie Augedahl put the Warriors up a run in the first inning when she hit a single and went to third base on a fielding error. She scored on Samantha Bratland’s groundout to second base.
Houston did not score until the sixth inning off SG/C’s Bratland. Kalene Hill got a walk and stole a base. She advanced to third on a sacrifice by Whitney Wieser. Vanessa Lee got on after a fielding error. Hill scored on a wild pitch.
Neither Bratland nor Houston pitcher Abby Loken gave up an earned run. Bratland struck out 13 while walking four and gave up just one hit. She stranded five Houston base runners. Her defenders only had one error.
Meanwhile, the Lions earned four walks off Loken and got five hits and also benefitted from three Houston errors.
The Lions left 10 runners on base, including three innings with a runner on third base. The Lions loaded the bases again in the sixth inning, but did not score.
“I thought both young pitchers did well,” coach Shelly Anderson said. The game ended with Bratland striking out a Houston batter with Bailey Proudfoot stranded at third base. Proudfoot had Houston’s only hit in the third inning.
Lottie Augedahl led the Lions with two hits. In addition to Betz, others getting hits were Heberlein and Shannon Doering.
It’s a big week for the team. After hosting Mabel-Canton on Monday of this week, the team travels to Glenville-Emmons on Thursday. Then it is a tournament at Onalaska Luther on Saturday. The Lions face Osseo-Fairchild at 10 a.m., La Crosse Aquinas at noon and Luther at 2 p.m.
The day of last week’s game at Houston was incorrectly reported here last week. We apologize for the error.