The struggles continue for the Caledonia/Spring Grove varsity baseball team as the Warriors fell to 1-5 overall with a pair of losses last week.
On May 6 the Warriors lost a tough 8-7 decision to Plainview-Elgin-Millville at home and then dropped a 7-1 decision at Lewiston-Altura to the Cardinals. Against P-E-M the Warriors fell behind 5-0 after two and a half innings but erupted for half a dozen runs in the bottom of the third to take a 6-5 lead.
With one out TJ Schultz doubled and scored Blaine Storlie, who had reached on a fielder’s choice earlier. Senior Jake Dolle then laced a two-run homer to left to cut the lead to 5-3. Josef Pettit and Tanner Langen both followed with base hits, and Mason DeMorett reached when the P-E-M catcher was called for interference to load the bases. Austin Bauer then came through with a huge two-out double to center field scoring Pettit, Langen and DeMorett to give the Warriors a 6-5 lead, but Bauer was thrown out at third on the play to end the inning.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the fourth when Joey Kiehne walked with one out, stole second and third and then scored on an error on Dolle at third. P-E-M took the lead at 7-6 in the top of the fifth on a base hit by Reece McEvoy that scored Thomas Miller. The Bulldogs added another run when Tyler Anderson scored on a passed ball later in the inning for an 8-6 lead, and the Bulldogs held on the rest of the way for the two-run win.
“The difference in the game was the errors we had,” coach Dave Konz said. “We allowed PEM extra outs which led to runs and ultimately the loss. On a positive note we started making good hard contact with the ball and had a number of hits. This has been something we haven’t done all year and have been working hard to correct, so it was nice to see that come around.”
On Friday the Warriors fell behind 6-0 after one inning and lost 7-1 to Lewiston-Altura as three different Cardinal pitchers held the Warriors to just one hit, a single by Pettit in the top of the fourth. “It was the same combination that has hurt us all season,” Konz said, “giving up one big inning and not consistently hitting the ball. We gave Lewiston too many extra outs and didn’t hit the ball well enough to get back into the game.”
L-A sent 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the first against C/SG starter Tanner Langen but got only three hits in the inning as the Warriors committed a pair of errors that scored two and also got a double from Jordan Theede that scored two more in the inning.
The Warriors scored their only run in the fourth when Harrison Speltz walked and moved to second on Pettit’s base hit, went to third on Langen’s sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch. Langen also took the loss for C/SG, giving up eight hits with six strikeouts and only one walk.
After hosting Southland Monday, the Warriors return to action Thursday at Dover-Eyota and finish with three straight home games against Chatfield Friday, Saint Charles Saturday and Wabasha-Kellogg Monday.
– Brady Ambrose