Like everybody else, the Caledonia/Spring Grove baseball squad is trying to get through the season by playing a lot of games in a few days. Last week the Warriors played four times in three days.
On May 15 the Warriors got a win at home after they beat Rushford-Peterson 12-8, but the Warriors then dropped their next three games, losing to Dover-Eyota 7-2 May 16, losing 11-0 to Chatfield at home the next day and ending the week with a 4-0 loss to Saint Charles Saturday at home falling to 2-9 overall going into Monday’s game at Wabasha-Kellogg.
The Warriors used a big first inning against R-P, scoring six times in the bottom half of the inning and adding four more runs to take a comfortable 10-0 lead into the top of the fourth. But the Trojans stormed back scoring half-a-dozen runs in the fourth to get right back in the game.
Coach Dave Konz said, “We finally got the bats going today. Batting around in the first inning was a big boost to our confidence at the plate.”
The Warriors sent 18 hitters to the plate in the first inning. Blaine Storlie led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by TJ Schultz. Jake Dolle drew a walk, and Harrison Speltz singled scoring Storlie with Dolle going to third. Joe Pettit singled to score Dolle and another base hit by Tanner Langen scored Speltz. Mason DeMorett then singled, and Austin Bauer followed with another base hit that scored Pettit and Langen. A SAC fly by Seth Twite scored DeMorett, and Storlie came to bat again and singled for the second time in the inning. Schultz singled again before Dolle hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Kai Lidstrom then struck out the side in the second and retired the Trojans in order in the third. The Warriors then went up 10-0 with four runs in the bottom of the third after Bauer scored on Storlie’s sacrifice and Schultz reached on an error that scored Storlie.
Dolle then doubled to center field and Schultz scored on a grounder to give the Warriors a 10-0 lead. But R-P got back in the game with a big fourth inning, getting five hits and taking advantage of a couple errors on the Warriors to close the lead to 10-6. The Warriors got two more in the fifth on a base hit from Storlie and two R-P errors. They also got a single from Pettit that scored Schultz for a 12-6 lead.
The Trojans tacked on two runs in the sixth but could get no closer as Lidstrom retired the side in order in the seventh to get the win. Storlie went 3×4 at the plate with three runs scored, and Pettit and Langen were both 2×4 while Dolle went 1×2 with a pair of walks.
At Dover-Eyota the Warriors managed just two runs on seven hits in the 7-2 loss. The Eagles scored runs four of the six times they batted in the game, while the Warriors scored both their runs in the fifth as DeMorett led off with a double, scored on a base hit by Twite, who later scored on an error. Langen took the loss for C/SG and Seth Twite went 2×3 with a run scored to lead the offense.
Konz said, “We hit the ball consistently today but just couldn’t find the holes. We stranded too many base runners.”
The Warriors then shut out 11-0 by Chatfield at home Friday.
“We committed too many errors in the field and allowed Chatfield too many extra outs,” Konz said. “We need to be able to make routine plays in order to win.”
Twite singled in the third inning and Speltz and Langen both singled in the fourth inning when the Warriors had their best scoring opportunity with a runner on third but couldn’t push a run across.
On Saturday the Warriors lost 4-0 to Saint Charles. “This was a well-played game,” Konz said. “We rebounded from yesterday when it came to the field. Chatfield was just able to capitalize on a few more hits to get their runs across.”
The Warriors will open up tournament play this Thursday.
– Brady Ambrose