Baseball team gets win over DE, six games scheduled this week

Ben Brogan of the Gophers beats the throw to second base vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

Chatfield’s Ben Ihrke tags the Plainview-Elgin-Millville runner out at home. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

Zach Roline makes the catch for the Gophers to get an out at first base vs. PEM. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

Lincoln Salisbury scores a run for Chatfield in a game against PEM. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
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Chatfield News

Last week the Chatfield Gophers played five baseball games and this coming week the schedule has them playing six as teams have about three-and-a-half weeks to get their games in before playoffs start around May 23.

Last Tuesday the team lost to Plainview-Elgin-Millville 6-0 in the first game, and tying with the Bulldogs, 5-5, in the nightcap.  Because of darkness the second game had to be suspended after the sixth inning.

In game one, Chatfield could only come up with one hit, a leadoff single in the first inning by Jake Mandt.  Lincoln Salisbury reached base twice with walks, and that was it for base-runners for the Gophers. 

Chatfield used three pitchers in the game, Robert Crouch (4 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned, 2 strikeouts, 2 walks), Seth Allen (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 Ks, 4 BB) and Cole Sprau (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1  K).  Chatfield committed four errors in the game and struck out 11 times.

PEM  0-0-3-1-0-1-1 = 6-6-0

Chat   0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-1-4

Game two was a bit better for the Gophers, as they came up with six hits, one each for Mandt, Ben Brogan, Ben Ihrke, Crouch, Max Aug and Terron Ostby.  Ihrke had two runs-batted-in and Ostby had one.  Scoring the Chatfield runs were Mandt, Brogan, Crouch, Salisbury and Bennett Gathje. 

Chatfield held a 5-2 lead going into the sixth and final inning, but gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth, allowing the Bulldogs to tie the game.

Ihrke started on the mound for the Gophers.  He went five innings, allowing three hits, two runs, one earned, struck out one and walked four.  Zach Roline gave up one hit, two walks and three runs, all earned, in his time on the mound.  Mandt pitched one inning and allowed two hits.  Chatfield batters struck out 12 times and the defense committed four errors.

Chat   0-2-1-0-2-0 = 5-6-4

PEM  0-0-1-0-1-3 = 5-6-0

On Thursday, La Crescent scored seven runs in the sixth inning on just one hit, then held Chatfield scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning to 10-run the Gophers, 12-2.  Chatfield pitchers walked six and hit one batter in the sixth inning, and all of them scored.  Throw in two errors and you’ve got disaster for a baseball team. 

La Crescent scored one run in the top of the first inning, but Ihrke answered that with a two-run homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the first.  Mandt was on base with a single.  Salisbury also had a base hit in the first inning.  Ihrke got up two more times in the game and singled and walked.  Also getting hits in the game were Aug and Gathje, but neither scored. 

Chatfield used four pitchers against the Lancers, Aug (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 K, 3 BB), Jacob Gillespie (0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB), Seth Allen (0.2 IP, 2  R, 2 ER, 2 BB) and Cole Sprau (1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB). 

LaC   1-2-1-1-0-7 = 12-10-2

Chat   2-0-0-0-0-0 = 2-5-3

Last Friday the Gophers traveled to Dover-Eyota and got their first win of the season, 18-6 in the second game in the double-header.  Chatfield lost the first game 4-2.  These games are now scheduled for five innings each.

Chatfield had five walks in the first game against DE, but with only three hits to go along with the freebies, they could only come up with two runs.  Collecting the hits were Brogan, Crouch, and Aug.  Mandt had three of the five walks issued by Eagle pitchers.  Ihrke and Gathje had the other walks for Chatfield.  One RBI was recorded by Chatfield batters, that by Ihrke on a sacrifice fly in the second inning.  Brogan and Gathje scored the runs for Chatfield.  Mandt did all of the pitching for Chatfield.  He was credited with four innings pitched, four strikeouts, five hits, four runs (2 earned) and one walk.

The wheels fell off for Dover-Eyota in the second inning of the second game.  The Gophers scored 11 runs and went on to win the game, 18-6.  In that second inning, Chatfield reached base with eight walks, two hit batters, one error, one single and one double.  All total, Chatfield batters were the recipients of 14 walks from Dover-Eyota pitchers. 

Leading the way at the plate was Henry Gathje with three hits, including a double.  He had two runs-batted-in and scored one run.  Also getting hits were Aug, Mandt, Crouch, Ihrke, Carter Fishbaugher, and Travis Blohm.  Ihrke’s hit was a two-run homer in the first inning, his second homer of the season.  Scoring runs were Aug (three), Mandt (two), Ihrke (two), Salisbury, Brogan, Blohm, Hunter Hobbs (two), Ostby (two), Davonte Goldsmith, BGathje and Gillespie.  Others getting RBI were Mandt (three), Crouch (two), Ihrke (three), Fishbaugher, Roline, Salisbury, Brogan and Gillespie.

Doing the pitching for Chatfield were Roline (3 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 3 BB), Gillespie (0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB) and Crouch (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB).

Monday the Gophers were scheduled to host St. Charles for a double-header, Tuesday they are to be in Kingsland for two with GMLOK, Thursday they host Cotter and Friday they have a non-conference game with Rochester Lourdes, here in Chatfield.