Bulldogs record first softball loss


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Zoe Scrabeck bats a ball in play for the Bulldogs vs. PEM.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK first baseman Lydia Voeltz squeezes the ball in her glove before a PEM runner reaches.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK’s Lily Hughes delivers a pitch to a Plainview-Elgin-Millville batter.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Alexys Harwood of the Bulldogs approached third base in a game against PEM.
By: 
Chad Smith

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland softball team won one of its three games last week to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 record, 2-0 in the Southeast Conference.

The Bulldogs were on the road on Monday, April 15, and won a non-conference game at Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 11-1 in five innings. The next day, the GMLOK girls picked up their first loss of the season against Goodhue, falling at home 3-1. The girls wrapped up a busy week with a 9-1 loss at home to Plainview-Elgin-Millville 9-1 on Thursday, April 18.

Runs come early vs. FC/L

The GMLOK girls used a three-run first inning as a springboard to a 10-run victory over Fillmore Central/Lanesboro in non-conference softball on Monday, April 15. The Bulldogs scored 11 runs, pounded out nine hits, and took advantage of four FC/L errors to come away with the win.

After a three-run outburst in their first at-bats, Lanesboro/Fillmore Central responded with a run of their own to trail by two. Neither team scored in the second and third innings. GMLOK broke the game open by scoring seven runs in the top of the fourth and added one more in the fifth, taking an 11-1 lead before closing it out via the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth.

The Lady Bulldogs scored 11 runs on nine hits while leaving seven runners on base and not committing a single error. FC/L scored a run on just two hits while committing four errors.

The first three batters in the GMLOK lineup combined to six of the team’s nine hits. Masie Voight was two for two with two RBI, scored twice and drew two walks. Lily Hughes was two for four and scored a run. Liz Jacobson was two for three with a walk and an RBI. Zoe Scrabeck went two for four while driving in three runs and scoring once. Lydia Voeltz had the other hit and chipped in an RBI and a run scored.

The Bulldogs took advantage of 10 walks issued by FC/L pitchers.

Hughes tossed another complete game while hitting double-digits in strikeouts. She gave up one earned run and just two hits. She struck out 11 batters while walking six. Hughes threw 99 pitches, 57 for strikes while picking up the win.

Kelsey Biel took the loss for Fillmore Central/Lanesboro. Biel and Kjerstiana Corson had the only Falcon hits.

Few runs in Goodhue game

Hit and runs were hard to come by for both teams as both pitchers were stingy in the low-scoring game. An uncharacteristic three GMLOK fielding errors led to three unearned runs and the win for Goodhue. It is the first loss of the season for GMLOK in five games.

Both pitchers hit double-figures in strikeouts and made life hard for opposing batters. GMLOK’s Hughes wound up with 12 strikeouts while Goodhue’s senior hurler Torrie Rehder had a game-high 14 Ks while getting the win. Hughes worked all seven innings, allowing five hits and three unearned runs while walking only three Goodhue batters. Rehder pitched all seven innings, giving up only two hits and one unearned run while walking seven Bulldog batters.

Goodhue scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to take a 3-0 lead. GMLOK tried to start a comeback with a run in the bottom of the sixth but could not push another run across after that. Goodhue finished with three runs on five hits and committed one error. GMLOK scored a run on two hits with three errors.

Scrabeck and Jacobson had the only hits in the ballgame, with Scrabeck scoring the team’s only run. However, GMLOK had some chances but were unable to take advantage of seven walks issued by Rehder. Voight drew two of those walks and had the only stolen base of the game for GMLOK, which left nine runners on base. Goodhue stranded five base runners.

Elise Tipcke (two runs) and Hailey Hurlbut (one run) combined to score the only runs of the game for Goodhue.

PEM strong late

The GMLOK Lady Bulldogs trailed by two runs (3-1) going into the top half of the seventh inning on Thursday. Plainview-Elgin-Millville broke the close game open with a six-run outburst in the seventh, stretching the lead to 9-1 before holding GMLOK scoreless in the home half of the inning. GMLOK dropped its second-straight game after starting the season 4-0.

PEM had nine runs on seven hits while not committing an error. GMLOK had the lone run on four hits and committed two errors.

The Bulldogs’ bats were quiet, thanks to some stingy PEM pitching. Voeltz scored the only run of the game while going one for three at the plate. Rylee Groom had the only RBI of the game for GMLOK. Voight, Scrabeck and Alexes Harwood had the other three hits.

Ellie Eidenschink pitched the first 5.2 innings for PEM, giving up the only run of the game while striking out five and walking two. Ashley Holst worked one-third of an inning to close out the sixth before Erin Peterson worked a perfect seventh to close it out.

Hughes worked a complete game, allowing seven hits and nine runs (seven earned). She struck out 12, walked one and gave up a home run for the first time this season.

Senior Katlyn Sylvester led the PEM attack with the home run in four at-bats, driving in two runs and scoring once.

Schedule

The GMLOK softball team was scheduled to be on the road at Mabel-Canton for an SEC matchup on Tuesday, April 23. The Lady Bulldogs hit the road again on Thursday, April 25, for a matchup against Randolph, one of the conference preseason favorites. GMLOK returns home the next day for another conference matchup against Lyle/Pacelli on Friday.