By Charlie Warner
The Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball team played in two cliffhangers last week. One of the games they won, 4-3 over Rushford-Peterson, the other they lost, 3-2 to Southland. The split last week brought the Warriors’ season record to 11-6 and currently in fourth place in a very competitive Three Rivers Conference.
Warriors 4, R-P 3
The Warriors traveled to Rushford on May 14 and returned home with a one-run win.
“It was an ugly game,” coach Dave Konz said. “We left a ton of runners on the bases. Even though we didn’t play our best game we were able to get ourselves out of a number of sticky situations that helped us win the game.”
The visiting Warriors scored two runs in the top of the first, but the Trojans countered with one in the bottom of the inning.
C/SG scored two more in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead, But the Trojans plated one runner in the bottom of the frame to pull within two runs, 4-2.
R-P made it interesting as they scored once more in the bottom of the fifth, but Warrior pitcher Ryan Frank shut them down in the final two innings for the win.
Houston Halverson pitched the first four innings and gave up all three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out one. Ryan Frank pitched the final three innings, held R-P scoreless, gave up two hits and struck out one.
The Warriors had 11 hits in the game. Halverson was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and scored once. Matt Petersen was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Josh Lampert was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Blaine Storlie was 2 for 3 with a run scored; Travis Frank was 1 for 4 with an RBI; Austin Goergen was 1 for 3 and Ryan Frank was 1 for 3.
Southland 3, Warriors 2
The Warriors lost a 3-2 contest to the Rebels of Southland on May 15 in Adams. The host team scored all three of their runs in their bottom of the second on several Warrior errors.
“We had one rough inning with a combination of errors, walks and hit batters that resulted in three runs and that was just enough to earn us the loss,” Konz explained.
Trailing 3-0, the Warriors got one run back in the top of the fourth and another in the top of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 3-2.
Brandon Vonderohe was on the mound for the Warriors and gave up three unearned runs on three Rebel hits. He walked two, hit two batters and struck out two.
The Warriors managed just six hits in the game. Travis Frank led the way going 2 for 2 with two doubles and two runs scored. Ryan Eppen was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Also getting hits were Petersen and Vonderohe.
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