By Charlie Warner
The season came to an end for the Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball team in the Section 1AA semi finals when the Warriors lost to Stewartville 4-3.
The loss to the Tigers was on June 5 at Austin’s Riverside Community College.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh, C/SG rallied to score two runs to tie the game at three-all.
Unfortunately, Stewartville scored the winning run on a Warrior error, a bunt single, a walk and a base hit.
“We came up short in this one but it wasn’t without a lack of effort,” Coach Dave Konz said. “The guys showed a lot of heart in battling back and almost pulling it out. I would like to thank the guys for a great season. This group of guys produced the first sub-section title in 20 years. They will be missed.”
The Tigers scored three runs in the second inning on three hits and a Warrior throwing error.
The Warriors got one run back in the top of the fifth when Austin Goergen doubled, Tanner Langen came in as a courtesy runner and moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Travis Frank.
The Warriors tied the game in the top of the seventh when Ryan Eppen reached first on an error with one out. Blaine Storlie singled and Eppen moved to second. Brett Colsch singled to left field, moving up the runners to fill the bases. Ryan Frank then singled, plating Eppen, moving Storlie to third and Colsch to second.
With one out and bases loaded, Matt Petersen hit a fly ball to center field that dropped in for a hit. Storlie scored on the play, but Colsch was caught in a rundown and tagged out and Ryan Frank was thrown out trying to advance for a crazy inning-ending double play.
Petersen was on the mound for the Warriors and gave up three earned runs on eight Tiger hits. He walked four and struck out five.
Ryan Frank led the Warriors offensive attack, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Goergen was 1 for 2 with a double, Petersen was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Storlie was 1 for 3 with a run scored and Colsch was 1 for 3.
The Warriors finished the season with an impressive 16-8 record. They also won the Section 1AA Sub-Section title for the first time since 1992.