By Charlie Warner
The Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball team picked up three wins and dropped one during a very busy week of Three Rivers Conference baseball action. The Warriors’ season record now stands at 8-5.
Warriors 7, FC 5
In the 7-5 win over Fillmore Central on April 30, both teams scored all their runs in bunches.
The Warriors had two big innings in this contest played at Harmony, while the Falcons had just one. The difference in the game was the Warriors scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings, while FC managed five runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Warriors banged out nine hits, including doubles by Austin Goergen, Travis Frank and Blaine Storlie.
Goergen was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Houston Halverson was 2 for 5, Storlie was 1 for 3 with three RBI, Shawn Buckland was 1 for 4 with two RBI, Frank was 1 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Brett Colsch was 1 for 2 with an RBI and one run scored.
Josh Lampert pitched the first four innings and gave up five runs on five hits and six Warrior errors. Halverson pitched the final two innings, didn’t give up any runs or hits and struck out four.
Warriors 4, Southland 1
The Warriors got a good performance on the mound from Ryan Frank on May 1, as he gave up just one earned run, while holding the Rebels to just three hits. He walked one and struck out six.
“Ryan pitched another very good game,” coach Dave Konz said. “He is really starting to be our go to guy because of his accuracy and consistency. Everyone feels comfortable with him on the mound because they know what they are going to get from him.”
The Warriors scored once in the bottom of the first and again in the bottom of the third for a 2-0 lead.
But the Rebs battled back with a run in the top of the fourth to make it a 2-1 game.
The Warriors scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth and Ryan Frank shut Southland down the rest of the game for the 4-1 win.
Travis Frank led the Warriors offensively, as he went 2 for 2 with a run scored. Ryan Frank was 1 for 3, Lampert was 1 for 3, Goergen was 1 for 4 with a run scored and Eppen was 1 for 1 with a run scored.
Warriors 11, GMLOK 8
The Warriors traveled west to battle the Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland Bulldogs on May 3 and returned home with an 11-8 win.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead, as they scored five runs in the top of the first. They added one more in the second and two in the third for an 8-0 lead.
But the Bulldogs cut the CSG lead in half in the bottom of the fifth when they scored four runs.
The Warriors got one back in the top of the sixth and made it 11-4 in the top of the seventh when they tacked on two more runs.
The home-standing Bulldogs made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh when they scored four runs, but it was too little, too late, as the visitors won the game by three runs.
The Warriors banged out 16 hits. Ryan Eppen led the offensive attack, going 2 for 4 with two doubles, four RBI and scored one run. Goergen was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI, Travis Frank was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, Ryan Frank was 3 for 4 with a run scored, Brandon Vonderhoe was 2 for 4 with a double, Matt Petersen was 1 for 5 with an RBI, Halverson was 1 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored and Storlie was 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Vonderhoe pitched all seven innings and gave up four earned runs on 11 Bulldog hits and struck out five.
D-E 3, Warriors 2
“Blaine (Storlie) pitched well but we didn’t give him any run support,” Konz said of the 3-2 loss to Dover-Eyota last Friday. “We hit the ball hard all day but it was one of those games that every ball went right to the defense and they made plays.”
The visiting Warriors scored one in the top of the first, but D-E countered with a run of their own.
The Eagles took the lead when they scored twice in the bottom of the third for a 3-1 advantage.
CSG scored once in the top of the fourth to pull within one run, but that’s all they could manage in the 3-2 loss.
The Warriors’ bats were pretty quiet, as they managed just two hits. Travis Frank was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored and Ryan Frank had the other hit, going 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Storlie pitched a good game for the Warriors. He went the distance, gave up three earned runs on seven Eagle hits, walked four and struck out three.
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