Warriors win two, lose one in Three River Conference baseball

Warrior first baseman Ryan Eppen concentrated on this pop up, as right fielder Zach Kasten moves in to back him up. Photo by Zach Thomas

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

The Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball team picked up two wins and lost one during a busy week of Three Rivers Conference action. The Warriors topped Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland 9-8 in the wild game on April 9, lost to Chatfield 5-0 on April 10 and then rebounded with an 11-1 win over Rushford-Peterson last Thursday.

Warriors 9, GMLOK 8

The Warriors hosted the GMLOK Bulldogs last Monday, winning by one run, which they scored in the bottom of the seventh.

C/SG jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the visitors cut that lead in half in the top of the third when they scored two.

The Warriors made it 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth when they scored three more and the Bulldogs came back with one in the top of the fifth to make it a 7-3 game.

GMLOK scored two in the top of the sixth to pull within two runs, but the Warriors got one back in the bottom of the six and took an 8-5 lead into the final frame.

The Bulldogs tied the game up with three runs in the top of the seventh, but the Warriors scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.

Josh Lampert led the Warriors on offense, going 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Austin Goergen was 2 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored. Matt Petersen went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Travis Frank was 1 for 4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored, Blaine Storlie was 1 for 4 with one run scored, Ryan Frank was 1 for 3 with one run scored and Ryan Eppen was 1 for 2 with two runs scored.

Petersen pitched the first five innings and gave up five runs on four Bulldog hits, four walks, while striking out four. Storlie was the winning pitcher. He threw the final two innings and gave up three runs on one hit and two walks and struck out two.

Chatfield 5, Warriors 0

“We put runners on base but could never get the hit to score them. It  is still early in the season and the pitchers are still trying to work ahead in the counts but today that didn’t happen consistently enough. When you combine both factors it can make it frustrating, but we will bounce back.”

That was the way coach Dave Konz commented on the Warriors’ 5-0 loss at Chatfield on April 10.

Chatfield scored two in the bottom of the first and three in the fourth for their five runs. The Gophers only had six hits, as did the Warriors. But as Coach Konz pointed out, C/SG couldn’t pull the trigger with men on base.

Houston Halverson led the Warriors with a 2 for 4 afternoon. Also picking up hits for the Warriors were Goergen with a double and Petersen, Zach Kasten and Eppen all getting a single.

Brett Colsch pitched the first three and two-thirds innings for C/SG and gave up five runs on four Chatfield hits. He walked six and struck out two. Shawn Buckland pitched the final two and one-third innings. He didn’t give up any runs, walked three and struck out two.

Warriors 11, R-P 1

The Warriors turned a tight 1-1 game into a route last Thursday when they scored 10 unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to 10-run-rule Rushford-Peterson 11-1 in Caledonia.

The Warriors banged out 13 hits in the game and had seven different players with at least one hit.

Goergen led the way, going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Colsch was 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Kasten was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Travis Frank was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Halverson was 2 for 4 with one run scored. Lampert was 1 for 3 with an RBI and run scored and Eppen was 1 for 3.

Ryan Frank went the distance on the mound, gave up just one run on five R-P hits, struck out four and walked one.

Up next

The Warriors have another busy week with a game on Monday at St. Charles, a game at home with PEM on April 17 and a game on April 19 at Dover-Eyota.


Josh Lampert puts the tag on this Bulldog at second base. Shortstop Blaine Storlie backed up the play. Photo by Zach Thomas