The Spring Grove/Caledonia softball team went 1-1 last week to move their season record to 2-3 after they beat Saint Charles 11-1 in five innings Thursday and then dropped a 5-4 decision to Wabasha-Kellogg Friday at Wabasha.
In the home opener against St. Charles the Lions used an eight-run fourth inning to blow the game open and cruised to an easy win in five innings.
It didn’t take long to get on the board after Cara Stemper doubled to lead off in the bottom of the first, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Lottie Augedahl’s ground out for a 1-0 lead.
The Saints got on the board in the top of the third when Amber Thompson worked Sam Bratland for a walk, stole second and scored on a base hit by Mallory Owens to tie the game at 1-1.
But the Lions quickly took care of business as they sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored eight times. SG/C put together five base hits with Angie Augedahl, Teresa Becker, Marie Doering, Emily Ranzenberger and Taylor Augedahl all getting in the hit column in the inning. Taylor Augedahl started the inning with a walk and stole second base. Angie Augedahl singled and Lauren Rusert reached base on a fielder’s choice. A single by Becker followed, and Stemper reached for the third time in the game in her next at bat. Doering singled, and an error and two more base hits in the inning put the Lions up 9-1 after four innings.
Spring Grove/Caledonia added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth after Becker singled, Stemper reached on an error and Doering singled to make the final 11-1.
On Friday the Lions dropped a tough, one-run loss to Wabasha-Kellogg. The Falcons scored all five runs in the third and fourth innings and held on for the 5-4 win. SG/C had their chances early as they sent seven batters up in the second inning but only scored one run when Bratland scored on a base hit by Bearbower after leading off the inning with a walk.
Taylor Augedahl singled to move Bratland to second and Angie Augedahl’s base hit, a walk to Rusert and Bearbower’s single gave the Lions a 1-0 lead. But the Falcons scored three runs in the third off of Bratland and added two more runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead into the fifth inning.
Three straight base hits from Stemper, Doering and Lottie Augedahl and a fielder’s choice from Taylor Augedahl got the Lions within two runs at 5-3. The score stayed there until the top of the seventh.
Falcon pitcher Bailey Laroque retired Stemper and Doering but the Lions rallied with two outs. Lottie Augedahl and Bratland both reached on back-to-back errors by the Falcon’s shortstop and Taylor Augedahl followed with a two-out base hit. But Laroque got Angie Augedahl to ground out to second for the final out of the game. Lottie Augedahl went 2×4 at the plate to lead the offense, and Bratland took the loss, striking out seven and giving up six hits on the day.
The team played a double-header Monday against GMLOK and traveled to P-E-M Wednesday. The team will host Chatfield Thursday for a double-header starting at 4:30 at Caledonia Area High School.
– Brady Ambrose