By Brad Augedahl
On Tuesday, May 9, the Warriors traveled to La Crescent to take on the Lancers. Caledonia would open the scoring in the top of the third inning. Jordan Burg and Casey Storlie would start the inning with singles. Alex Goergen would hit a double to the left center gap to score both runners. Goergen would advance to third on an errant throw and score on a Tate Meiners ground ball for a 3-0 lead. La Crescent would answer with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead at 4-3. The Warriors would tie the score again in the fourth inning. Mason Staggemeyer and Austin Werner would hit singles, and Staggemeyer would eventually score on a wild pitch. The Lancers would add a pair of runs in the fourth and sixth innings to secure the upset win by a final score of 8-5. Mason Staggemeyer had 2 hits and 2 runs, and Goergen had a double and 2 RBIs to lead the offense. Austin Werner pitched 3 innings, striking out 2 hitters and Tate Meiners also pitched 3 innings.
The Warriors traveled to Preston to play Fillmore-Central in a big doubleheader on May 11th. Going into the games, Caledonia held a 10-1 conference record and FC held a 9-2 conference record, so these games would go a long ways to decide who wins the conference this season. After a scoreless first inning, the Warriors would strike first in the second inning. Mason Staggemeyer would lead off with a double and score on an Austin Werner single for a 1-0 lead. Caledonia would blow the game open in the fourth inning. Evan Denstad would start the inning with a single, steal second and eventually score on a Mason Staggemeyer sac fly. Werner would single, Jordan Burg would crack a double and both runners would score on a Tyler Wiebke single for a 4-0 lead. Alex Goergen, Tate Meiners and Derek Vonderohe would hit consecutive doubles for a 7-0 lead. After a walk to Denstad and Staggemeyer, Austin Werner would also hit a double to push the lead to 9-0. FC would add a few late runs to get to 9-3, but it wasn’t enough, as the Warriors hung on to win the first game 9-3. Werner paced the offense with 4 hits and 3 RBI, Goergen, Meiners and Burg would also chip in a pair of hits each as the Warriors collected 16 hits in the game. Casey Storlie was the winning pitcher, throwing 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs and striking out 8. Cole Folsom pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out one Falcon hitter.
The second game started like the first, with the Warriors scoring in the first inning. Goergen would walk, steal second base and score on a Tate Meiners double. The score still stood at 1-0 in the pitcher’s duel heading into the fifth inning. FC would load the bases with one out. The next batter would hit a fly ball to Jordan Burg in left field. Burg would catch the ball and throw a strike to Alex Goergen at the plate to try to throw out the runner. Goergen would catch the ball and tag out the runner, but the official determined Goergen was blocking the plate before he caught the ball, which is illegal and ruled the runner safe to tie the score at 1-1. FC would then go on to add a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings to secure the 5-1 victory and the split in the doubleheader. Tate Meiners and Jordan Burg each had a pair of hits to lead the offense. Evan Denstad pitched 5 innings, allowing 1 run and striking out 5 hitters. Tate Meiners pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 4 runs, 1 earned run and striking out 2 batters.
The teams overall record is 13-3 and 11-2 in conference action. This week will be the final week of the regular season, with playoffs starting on May 25.
The week ahead:
The Warriors final regular season game will be at Lewiston-Altura on Friday, May 19.