By Charlie Warner
The Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball team was handed a pair of losses by Lewiston-Altura in the double header last week and then rebounded with a win the following day against St. Charles.
Warriors 7, St. Charles 1
“It was good to see the guys bounce back after a disappointing doubleheader on Monday,” coach Dave Konz said of the Warriors’ win Tuesday. “Now we need to find consistency from game to game.”
Following two and one-half innings of scoreless ball, the home-standing Warriors scored four runs in the bottom of the third. The visiting Saints pulled within three runs in the top of the fourth when they scored once, but the Warriors padded their lead in the bottom of the fifth with a run and then scored two more in the bottom of the sixth for the 7-1 final score.
Josh Lampert led the Warrior offense, going 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Travis Frank was 2 for 2 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Houston Halverson was 1 for 3 with a double, an RBI and one run scored. Ryan Frank had CSG’s other hit. He went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Ryan Frank was on the mound for the Warriors and went the distance. He gave up one earned run on four St. Charles hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out eight.
L-A 8, Warriors 1
The L-A Cardinals proved to be poor hosts last Monday, as they throttled the visiting Warriors 8-1 in the first of two games played in Lewiston on April 23.
What started out as a tight game, with L-A leading 2-0 after the first four and one-half innings, turned into a yawner for the Cards, as they scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth for an 8-0 lead.
The Warriors managed one run in the top of the sixth, but did not score in the seventh and the Cards had the opening-game win 8-1.
L-A pitchers held the Warriors to just five hits. Lampert was 2 for 3, Austin Goergen was 2 for 3 with a double and Ryan Eppen had the other CSG hit.
Matt Petersen pitched the first two innings and gave up two runs on one Cardinal hit and two walks. He struck out three. Blaine Stolrie pitched the third, fourth and fifth innings and gave up six runs on six hits. He struck out one. Halverson finished out the game and held the Cards hitless and scoreless in the final two innings.
L-A 5, Warriors 1
The Warriors dropped the second game of the afternoon in a contest that was much closer than the first.
L-A scored three in the top of the first and the Warriors answered with a run in the bottom of the inning.
The game remained 3-1 through the next four innings until L-A scored one in the top of the sixth and one in the top of the seventh for the 5-1 win.
The Warrior bats were stifled, as the Cardinal pitcher gave up just one run and three hits. Halverson was 1 for 3, Brent Colsch was 1 for 2 and Eppen was 1 for 3.
Colsch was on the mound for the Warriors and gave up five runs on three hits in six innings. He walked six and struck out three. Halverson pitched the final inning and did not give up any hits or runs.
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