Baseball team goes 2-1 as Gathje drives in six runs with two home runs against R-P


LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Austin Storm of the Gophers delivers a pitch to a Wabasha-Kellogg batter.

LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield’s Lincoln Salisbury hits the ball in the Rushford-Peterson game.

Zach Roline of the Gophers takes a cut in the game against Lewiston.
By: 
Bill Bentson

The Chatfield baseball team started the week off with a pair of wins over Cotter (10-0, 5 innings) and Rushford-Peterson (10-0, 5 innings), but then lost a one-run decision to Lewiston-Altura (8-7) on Friday.

This past Monday the team was scheduled to host St. Charles, Tuesday the Gophers are to travel to La Crescent-Hokah and Friday they will head to Caledonia for a game with the Warriors. They would have had four games in the week, but the team had a game with Fillmore Central/Lanesboro cancelled.

The team also has games on Monday, May 6, (at Dover-Eyota) and Tuesday, May 7, (vs PEM at home).  The regular season ends on Thursday, May 16.

In the win over Rushford-Peterson, Chatfield played well in both-ends of the inning (offense and defense).  The team scored 10 runs on 11 hits, only gave up two hits and didn’t commit any errors in the five-inning contest.

Henry Gathje led the team with a three for three effort at the plate, including home-runs in the third and fourth innings.  He also got on base with a walk.  He knocked in six runs and scored two.  Seth Allen, Zach Roline and Paul Griffin each went two for three in the game.  One of Allen’s hits was a double.  He also reached base with a walk and scored three runs.  Roline also walked and scored two runs.

Lincoln Salisbury went one for two (a triple) in the game, walked twice, scored one run and added two runs-batted-in.  Sam Stevens also went one for two in the game, and reached base with a walk.  Max Aug scored one run and had one RBI, Tedon Zimmerman walked and scored and Tate Karver reached base with a walk.

Gathje started on the mound and pitched four innings to get the win.  He struck out three and gave up just two hits and no walks.  Allen finished up the last inning with a mow-‘em-down performance, three for three in strikeouts.

Chat 1-1-2-3-3 = 10-11-0, LOB 8

RP 0-0-0-0-0 = 0-2-1, LOB 3

Against Cotter, winning pitcher for Chatfield, Max Aug, went four shutout innings, allowing one hit, and added a three for three, two RBI day as well at the plate.  Henry Gathje went two for three with two RBI and Paul Griffin added two hits as well.  Aug and Gathje also reached base with walks and Griffin had one RBI.

Also coming up with hits for the Gophers in the win were Salisbury, Hunter Johnston, and Austin Storm.  Salisbury added three runs scored, two RBI and two walks to his day’s performance.  Allen walked twice and scored three runs, Roline walked two times, scored once and knocked in two runs.

Also scoring runs for Chatfield were Storm, Zimmerman and Corey Ericson.  Stevens got on base with a walk.

Getting extra-base hits were Gathje (double), Salisbury (double) and Aug (triple).  Allen had three stolen bases.

Roline had one inning (12 pitches) on the mound and struck out all three of the batters he faced.

Again, the Gophers put together a solid ballgame with 10 hits and no errors.

Cotter  0-0-0-0-0 = 0-1-3, LOB 1

Chatfield 0-0-4-2-4 = 10-10-0, LOB 4

Chatfield was playing catch-up nearly the whole game, succumbing to a one-run loss in the end against Lewiston-Altura.

Chatfield scored two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 3-2, then scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 6-6.  Chatfield gave up three runs in the top of the fourth to fall behind 6-2.  The Gophers went ahead, 7-6, for the first time in the game with one run in bottom of the sixth inning, but gave up two runs on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh inning.  The Gophers got one runner on in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t advance him past first base to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.

Storm started the game for Chatfield, pitching three innings.  He allowed seven hits, six runs (four earned), one walk, while striking out two.  Aug pitched the final four innings and suffered the Gopher loss.  Aug struck out four and allowed just one hit, two runs (neither earned) and two walks. Four of the runs scored by the Cardinals were unearned. 

Leading the hitting for the Gophers were the two pitchers, Storm and Aug, each with two.  Aug also had two RBI, two runs scored and reached base on a walk.  Storm scored one run.

Salisbury walked twice and scored three runs, Roline had one hit, with two RBI and two walks and Gathje had a hit, one RBI and walked once.  Stevens had a hit, with an RBI and Griffin had a hit to round out the team’s hitting.  Allen walked and scored one run.

One of Aug’s hits was a double.  Salisbury had three stolen bases in the game.

L-A 2-0-1-3-0-0-2 = 8-8-0, LOB 5

Chat 0-0-2-4-0-1-0 = 7-8-4, LOB 8

The Gophers are now 5-2 for the season, 3-2 in the conference and 2-1 against the teams from the East division.