Caledonia opened their 2017 baseball season at Copeland Park vs. La Crosse Central. The Warriors would open the scoring in the top of the first. Alex Goergen drew a one out walk. Tate Meiners would crack a double to left center to score Goergen for a 1-0 lead. Mason Staggemeyer would then deliver a two out RBI single to score Meiners for a 2-0 lead. Austin Werner reached on an error to start the fourth inning. Payton Schott followed with a single. Tyler Wiebke would sacrifice bunt the runners to second and third, and Werner would score on an RBI ground out by Kyle Cavanaugh for a 3-0 lead. While the Warrior bats were scoring runs, starting pitcher Casey Storlie was shutting down the Central offense as he pitched three innings of shutout baseball while striking out four.
Central would score one run in the fourth and two unearned runs in the fifth off reliever Austin Werner to tie the score at 3-3. The score stayed at 3-3 into the 7th inning. Storlie would lead off the 7th with a double. Goergen was intentionally walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd base. Meiners would ground out to short but the runners would later advance to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch. Derek Vonderohe would then line a base hit to center to score Storlie and Goergen for a 5-3 lead. Eric Augedahl would draw a walk and Schott would add an RBI single to score Vonderohe to push the score to 6-3.
Central would load the bases in the top of the bottom half of the inning against reliever Meiners. After a strikeout and a passed ball the score stood at 6-4 with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Central batter Lveth would hit a sinking line drive to center. Storlie would make an incredible diving catch on the ball, and quickly pop up on one knee and throw the ball into Schott covering 2nd base to tag the runner and end the game with the exciting double play.
Meiners pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Schott would pace the offense by going 4-4 on the game.
“We played a really good game, especially being the first game of the year,” head coach Brad Augedahl said. “Our pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes and we hit the ball hard all over the field. Central beat us up pretty good last year when we played them, so this is a good confidence boost for the players.”