Lions clinch SEC title with six wins in seven games last week
By Tom Murphy
Spring Grove/Caledonia won the Southeastern Conference title with a doubleheader win over Glenville-Emmons. The Lions finished a week of seven games with six wins. That loss was to Chatfield accounting for only the second loss of the season.
On Monday of last week, the Lions beat Fillmore Central/Lanesboro in a non-league game, 5-1. “Fillmore Central is a much-improved team in our area,” said coach Shelly Anderson. “We’ve been struggling offensively. Maybe we’ve been looking at too many good pitches. We’ve been working on it,” she said.
“We were able to push a run across with an RBI groundout by Amber Betz in the second and then took advantage of an error by FC/L to push across Marie Doering and Lottie Augedahl in the third inning.” Anderson noted the team scored twice again in the fifth inning with good base running by Taylor Augedahl and Cara Stemper.
The Lions were limited to four hits by Amanda Heberlein, Samantha Bratland, Taylor Elton, and Shannon Doering. But five FC/L errors and two walks helped the run production.
Bratland had a commanding performance going the distance and striking out 16 batters while issuing five walks and giving up just one hit. Her team played without an error.
Loss at Chatfield
The next night, the Lions travelled to Chatfield where they gave up a 4-0 lead after two innings in a 7-5 loss. Samantha Bratland took the loss. She gave up just three hits with five walks. Her team had five errors. The Lions out-hit the Tigers with seven hits but were limited to three walks. Chatfield had four errors. The Lions left eight runners on base.
“Chatfield is an excellent team,” Anderson said. “We know there is work to be done as we get ready for the post season. We have to have those base hits with runners on base. We also need to make the routine plays on defense and the occasional spectacular ones.”
Marie Doering and Lottie Augedahl were two for four with Heberlein, Bratland, and Elton getting the other hits. Bratland had a double.
Sweep conference schedule
The Lions won a doubleheader from G-E on Thursday, 12-0 and 10-5. Heberlein got a shutout in the first game. She struck out eight and walked two as her batters made it a 10 run game shortened to five innings.
Eleven runs were scored in the first two innings. Marie Doering, Heberlein, Kayla Krueger, and Julya Diersen were two for three. Diersen had three RBIs and Shannon Doering had two RBIs. Diersen also had two doubles in what was a singles slugfest with 14 hits.
In the second game, Taylor Augedahl was staked to a four run lead and took the lead, despite pitching one inning. Heberlein relieved and pitched six more innings. She gave up two hits and three walks while striking out eight batters.
Unique to this game were the triples by Marie Doering, Lottie Augedahl, and Bratland of the seven hits. The Lions had five walks with five G-E errors. Bratland had two hits and Taylor Augedahl had one hits. Stemper and Lauren Rusert also had singles.
Win La Crescent tournament
Spring Grove/Caledonia went unbeaten over three opponents to win the La Crescent tournament on Saturday.
“I thought we hit the ball solidly in all three games,” Anderson said. “It took some timely hitting to beat La Crescent in the title game.”
SG/C beat Viroqua in the first game, 8-5. It took a big six run fifth inning to beat Viroqua for the second time this year. Heberlein went the distance and gave up nine hits and walked four. There were only two earned runs as SG/C had three errors.
Marie Doering had three of the team’s seven hits in four trips to the plate from her leadoff position. She had two RBIs. Stemper was two for three with two RBIs. Also getting hits were Lottie Augedahl and Bratland.
The second game was 10-runned after five innings as the Lions blasted Rushford-Peterson 20-5. The Lions had 13 hits and seven walks while R-P had six errors in the blowout.
Getting two hits for the Lions were Marie Doering, Lottie Augedahl, Heberlein, Shannon Doering, and Stemper. Extra base hits went to Heberlein with a triple and doubles by Bratland and Stemper. Multiple RBIs were produced by Lottie Augedahl and Stemper with three. Two RBIs were attributed to Heberlein, Shannon Doering, Diersen, and Rusert.
It took a four run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Lions to beat La Crescent 7-5 in the title game. Bratland got the win in the five hitter and struck out eight. Uncharacteristically, she gave up seven walks and had four wild pitches. Her defense only had one error.
The Lions offense had 14 hits with Heberlein going three for five with a double and three RBIs. Lottie Augedahl going two for five and two RBIs. Bratland, Stemper and Taylor Augedahl were two for four at the plate.