By Brad Augedahl
On Thursday April 6th, the Warriors hosted La Crescent for their 2017 home opener.
Caledonia opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Casey Storlie led off with a double and scored on a Derek Vonderohe base hit. La Crescent scored a pair of unearned runs in the 3rd inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Warriors would answer in the bottom half of the inning. Storlie started the inning with a single, Alex Goergen would get hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Tate Meiners would follow with an RBI single and Vonderohe would hit a sacrifice fly for a 3-2 lead. La Crescent would again take the lead by scoring two runs in the sixth inning for a 4-3 lead.
Payton Schott would lead off the bottom of the 6th with a single and advance to second on a passed ball. Kyle Cavanaugh would hit a sinking line drive single to right to tie the game. Alex Goergen would give the Warriors a 6-4 lead with a huge line drive home run over the left center-field fence. Tate Meiners would follow with a towering home run of his own over the left field fence for a 7-4 lead to complete the scoring in the 7-4 victory.
Casey Storlie pitched five innings, allowing 5 hits, no earned runs while striking out 5 Lancer hitters. Tate Meiners would pitch the final two innings, striking out three batters to pick up the win.
Meiners would lead the offense going 3-4 with HR, double, single and 2 RBIs. Goergen had a HR and 2 RBI.
“Casey and Tate both pitched great today as the conditions were tough with the wind and cold,” head coach Brad Augedahl said. “It was fun to see Alex and Tate step up with the big back to back HRs in the sixth inning to secure the win.”
Vs. Pine Island
On Saturday April 8th the Warriors would make the long trip to Pine Island. Caledonia would take a 2-0 lead in the second inning on singles by Payton Schott, Mason Staggemeyer and walks to Derek Vonderohe and Evan Denstad. Both teams would score in the next couple innings to bring the score to 4-4.
The Warriors would add four runs in the 5th inning on singles by Denstad and Storlie, plus walks to Vonderohe, Austin Werner, Alex Goergen and Jordan Burg.
The Warriors would surrender eight runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to erase a 9-4 lead and lose by the eventual score of 12-9.
Austin Werner pitched 4 innings, striking out 5 batters. Tyler Wiebke pitched 1 1/3 innings and Cole Folsom pitches 2/3 of an inning.
“We had a lot of opportunities to score today that we didn’t capitalize on as we left the bases loaded three times,” Augedahl said. “Pine Island hit the ball really well today, and we had some errors and walks to help them in their big inning.”