By Brady Ambrose
The Caledonia/Spring Grove varsity baseball team notched their first win of the season as they beat GMLOK at home last Tuesday 5-3. Coach Dave Konz gave the ball to sophomore Kai Lidstrom and the left-handed side-winder turned in a great effort, giving up just three hits and one earned run for the Warriors first win of the season.
Lidstrom struck out half-a-dozen batters while throwing 101 pitches through seven innings, 67 of them for strikes and the Warrior offense came through with five runs through the first three innings in support. C/SG grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Blaine Storlie worked GMLOK starter Trevor Gomer for a lead-off walk and stole second. Jake Dolle walked and Storlie stole third to put runners at the corners. Gomer then hit Harrison Speltz to load the bases and Gomer then hit Joe Pettit to score Storlie. Kyle Sorenson singled to score Dolle and Speltz and Pettit scored on a grounder by Seth Twite to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
C/SG tacked on another run in the third. Speltz singled to lead off the inning and Pettit reached on an error. A sacrifice by Sorenson moved the runners to second and third Speltz scored on an error on Tanner Langen’s grounder to short for a 5-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth and the score remained 5-2 going into the top of the seventh. Lidstrom got into a jam as GMLOK’s Doug Sabatke singled to start the inning and Wyatt Richardson reached on an error. Lidstrom then walked Blake Olson and Josh Shorter reached on another Warrior error to cut the lead to 5-3 with nobody out. But Lidstrom got Isiah Bubany to line out to Storlie at second and Lidstrom then struck out Goer for the second out. Lidstrom then got Quinn Larson to ground out for the third out and end the game. “The difference in this game was we were more patient at the plate,” Konz said. “Which led to base runners and gave us an opportunity to score early?” The Warriors scored five runs on just two hits in the game, with Speltz and Sorenson each getting a single but Pettit, Sorenson, Langen and Twite all got RBI’s in the win.
The Warriors were in action Monday against P-E-M and will take on Rushford-Peterson Thursday at home with a 5 p.m. start. On Friday the team will travel to Lewiston-Altura.