By Tom Murphy
A win over conference rival Houston last Monday assured Spring Grove/Caledonia of a share of the conference title. With two conference games remaining against Glenville-Emmons, an outright conference crown will belong to the Lions. A home game with G-E is set for Thursday
“The Houston win was huge,” SG/C coach Shelly Anderson said of the 3-1 victory.
Houston scored in the top of the first when Kalene Hill and Whitney Wieser put together singles to score. The 1-0 score remained until the fifth inning when walks were issued to Kayla Krueger and Marie Doering. Lottie Augedahl knocked them in with a double and then scored on a single by Taylor Elton giving the Lions a 3-1 lead.
The defense held off Houston thanks to big plays from Julya Diersen and Amber Betz.
But it was the pitching of Samantha Bratland who struck out 11 batters and gave up just two hits and four walks. The Lions played errorless ball behind her.
Abbey Loken went the distance for Houston and only gave up three hits and six walks while striking out six batters.
In a junior varsity game, Spring Grove/Caledonia beat Houston 13-7.
Thump La Crescent 11-3
The next day, the Lions beat La Crescent in another home game, 11-3. Bratland went the distance again giving up four hits and walking five. The Lions had three errors.
“It took a while for our bats to get going,” Anderson said. The bottom of the fifth turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead and the dam burst in the next inning when the Lions scored six more runs.
Lottie Augedahl’s leadoff triple in the fifth inning started the nine run, 10 hit barrage over the next two innings.
Amanda Heberlein and Bratland had three for four at the plate. Lottie Augedahl, Shannon Doering, and Amber Betz were all two for four while Marie Doering was two for five. Augedahl also doubled, as did Heberlein and Bratland. Also getting hits for the Lions were Taylor Elton and Kayla Krueger.
“Bratland did a great job for us and she had good backup from our defense,” Anderson said.
SG/C took an extra inning to take the JV contest from La Crescent, 4-3.
Down Mabel-Canton 7-2
A win over Mabel-Canton last Thursday put the Lions in control for the conference title.
Amanda Heberlein started the game and got the win with Taylor Augedahl recording the save. Samantha Bratland was the leading hitter with two triples while Shannon Doering tacked on a triple and a double.
In the JV contest, SG/C beat Mabel-Canton 20-4.