Senior Legion splits; Little Leaguers deliver dramatic sweep6

Brandon Jahnke scores for the 11-and-under Lions as Greysen Proux defends for Caledonia.
By : 
S. Lee Epps

The 13-and-under boys (14-5) survived a scare before a last-inning, come-from-behind rally kept them in a first place tie in the Little League baseball race.

The 19-and-under Senior Legion boys (4-2) went hitless against Chatfield but rallied late to put away St. Charles.

The 11 and under guys (5-8) won two of three last week. 



>>Chatfield 10, SG 0

Max Aug pitched four innings of a five-inning, run-rule no hitter at Molly Baum Field in Chatfield on July 2. The Lions had four runners reach base on two walks and two errors.

Ten different Gophers contributed to 13 hits, including two triples by Ben Ihrke and two doubles.

The Lions (3-2) had previously defeated Chatfield 5-3.

SG   000  00 - 0  0   2

Ch   032  23 -10 13  2

LOB: SG 3, Ch 8

WP-Aug, LP-Wyffels

Wyffels  3 IP, 7H, 5R, 3ER, 3K, 5W

Nerstad 1 IP, 6H, 5R, 4 ER, 2K, 1W

Aug 4 IP, 0H, 0R, 7K, 1W

Ihrke 1 IP, 0H, 0R, 0K, 2W


>>SG 8, St. Charles 4

Back home on July 5, the Lions broke a 4-4 deadlock with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kyle Hagen drove in two runs while batting 2 for 3 and was robbed of a third hit by a great play in left field by Kyler Reps - one of three excellent defensive plays by the Saints.

Carter Bratland (2 RBIs) and Drew Wyffels each went 2 for 3 as well. Toby Leahy added a double with other hits coming from Payton Leahy and Zach Rains.

Bratland earned the pitching decision in two innings of relief, walking none and getting all six outs with strikeouts. Starting pitcher Chandler Bergrud walked only one batter in five innings. 

Three walks helped SG score three runs with only one hit for a 4-2 lead in the third. But that second Lion lead was wiped away with a score-tying, two-run home run by Andrew DeChamps.

However, St. Charles was unable to recover from the final four-run Lion eruption.

SC   002  020  0 - 4  6 2

SG   013  004  x - 8  9  1

LOB: SC 6, SG 5

WP-Bratland, LP-Smith

Bergrud 5 IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 3K, 1W

Bratland 2 IP, 1H, 0R, 6K, 0W



The Lions (13-5, 6-1 Little League) came perilously close to dropping out of a first-place tie before a walk-off, last-inning rally completed a season Little League sweep of visiting Hokah on July 3. 

The drama continued as many of the same players went 13 innings for the day when the second (non-league) game - originally scheduled for five innings - went eight innings before another walk-off win.

There was no Coulee Region League action due to the mid-week holiday.

>>SG 3, Hokah 2

Elijah Solum supplied a walk-off single to send Jaxon Strinmoen home with the winning run in the bottom of the final fifth inning. The Lions had trailed all game until Caleb Griffin, in that same inning, singled and came around to score the tying run when a Hokah error followed Strinmoen's single. Errors had also figured into the first Lion run.

Not only had SG been outscored but also out-hit until crowding three of their seven hits (back-to-back) into that last-gasp, last-inning, one-out rally.

Logan Brumm batted 2 for 2 with a stolen base. Griffin, who scored twice, went 2 for 3 with a double. Dane Edgington had the other Lion base hit.

Strinmoen went the distance on the mound for the pitching win, striking out seven and walking only three.

The defensive highlight was a run-saving, unassisted double play by first baseman Ty Cleven. SG thus swept the league series, having previously won 8-4 at Hokah.

Hk  101  00 - 2 6  3

SG  001  02 - 3 7  3

LOB: Hokah 7, SG 4.


>>SG 6, Hokah 5 (8 inn.)

Solum scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. He had singled and stolen second base with no outs. On a ground ball by Nathan Solberg, Hokah committed an error while trying to get Solum out at third base, and he raced home to be mobbed by exuberant teammates. The scene concluded with a dog pile after the mob quickly turned its attention to Solberg.

Jacob Olerud and Edgington combined to toss a two-hitter, Edgington picked up the win in four and two-thirds innings of relief, striking out 10 and walking only two.

Brumm drove in three runs and scored two while hitting 2 for 3, including a 2-RBI home run.

Edgington also went 2 for 3 with two doubles as half of the six Lion hits went for extra bases. Cleven added a pinch-hit single.

Amazingly only two Lion batters drew walks in eight innings, but Spring Grove benefited directly from five of seven Hokah errors. 

Down 5-3 heading into what was expected to be their final at-bat, the visitors from Hokah scored two runs in the top of the fifth to force what would become three extra innings.

Hk  030  020  00 - 5  2 7

SG 003  200  01 - 6 6  4

LOB: Hokah 7, SG 4



The Lions (5-8, 2-6 league) were at home on July 3 while sweeping a morning twin bill with Hokah before dropping an evening decision against Caledonia.

>>SG 10, Hokah 5

Brandon Jahnke batted 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles while Zach Brumm blasted a 2-RBI home run, Ezra Griffin went 2 for 3 while Braedon Solie supplied the other base hit. 

The first four SG batters all scored during a five-run first inning. The Lions added five runs in the third before Hokah struck for five in the fourth.

The visitors managed only two hits off three Lion hurlers.


>>SG 4, Hokah 1

It was scoreless until SG plated four runs in the third inning. Both base hits, from Griffin and Trevor Donlan, came during that big inning. On the mound, Ben Udstuen struck out seven batters.


>>Caledonia 15, SG 7

The first six Caledonia batters scored in the top of the first inning, but the first seven Lion hitters scored in the bottom of a wild first frame.

But the Warriors would go on to score in each of the four innings while blanking SG the rest of the way.

Three Lion hits came from Udstuen (double), Jahnke and Brice Berns.