Bulldogs win two more softball games


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK right fielder Zoe Scrabeck throws the ball to home after a line drive, almost getting the Houston runner on a good throw.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Rylee Groom slides into third base safely for GMLOK in a game against Houston.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Kennedy Fenske of the Bulldogs throws to first base after fielding a Houston grounder.
By: 
Chad Smith

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland softball team won two of its three games last week, all of which were Southeast Conference matchups.

Tuesday’s rain pushed the first game of the week to Wednesday, May 1, which GMLOK dropped 6-5 against Houston. After beating Lyle/Pacelli last Friday, GMLOK won the return match on Thursday, May 2, by a score of 8-1. The Bulldogs ended the week with a 10-0, five-inning win over Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons 10-0, sweeping the season series.

GMLOK is 8-4 overall (6-2 Southeast Conference).

Late miscues aid Houston

A rare off night in the field prevented the GMLOK girls from holding on to a 5-0 lead late in the SEC matchup against Houston. The Hurricanes didn’t score until the top of the seventh inning when they plated all six of their runs. GMLOK didn’t help themselves in the field with five errors. All six of the Houston runs were unearned thanks to GMLOK miscues.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. They bunched four more runs together in the bottom of the sixth inning and looked to be in control before Houston put six runs up on the board. The Hurricanes finished with six runs on four hits with one error. GMLOK had five runs on eight hits and finished with five errors.

Lily Hughes took the loss in the pitcher’s circle but likely deserved better results. She pitched all seven innings and gave up only four hits. She struck out 10 batters and walked just three. Hughes threw 145 pitches, 88 for strikes.

Zoe Scrabeck went two for three at the plate with an RBI and scored once. Rylee Groom also had two hits in three at-bats, with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Hughes and Lydia Voeltz each added a single and a run. Brook Kolden and Lydia Jacobsen each had singles. Courtesy runner Sydney Eickhoff added a run scored.

Sophomore Richelle Botcher got the win for Houston, pitching all seven innings and allowing eight hits and five earned runs. She struck out a batter and walked one.

Four different Houston players each had singles to lead the Canes offense.

The game was postponed one day, thanks to Tuesday afternoon rain. With the loss, GMLOK split the regular-season series after a 3-1 road win earlier this season.

GMLOK sweeps L/P

The Bulldogs hit the road the next day, heading to face Lyle/Pacelli in a return match after beating the Athletics 5-1 last Friday, April 26. GMLOK swept the regular-season series against L/P and finished with eight runs on eight hits with only one error. Lyle/Pacelli had a run on seven hits with three errors.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning and added another in the second. GMLOK steadily built their lead with another two runs in the top of the sixth and the final run in the top of the seventh.

Hughes led the way at the plate and in the circle. She threw another complete game for GMLOK, allowing seven hits and an earned run, striking out nine batters and walking three. 79 of her 122 pitches went for strikes. Hughes was three for five at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring once.

Kylie Fenton-Musel was two for four at the plate with a double and three RBI. Leadoff hitter Maisy Voight was one for three with two walks and scored twice. Jacobson added a hit and an RBI. Freshman Brooke Kolden was one for three and scored twice. Courtesy runner Emily Miner scored twice and Eickhoff did once.

Miranda Arkells took the loss for the Athletics, throwing all seven innings and giving up the eight runs, six of which were earned. Mia Bauer and Olivia Christianson each had two hits to lead Lyle/Pacelli.

GMLOK had chances to extend the lead but stranded 11 runners on base. The A’s left nine of their own runners on base.

Short game vs. A-C/G-E

The GMLOK softball team broke open a close game with a seven-run third inning and took advantage of six errors by their opposition. The 10-run, five-inning victory was the second victory of the season for GMLOK against A-C/G-E, sweeping the two-game, regular-season series. It was a more convincing win for GMLOK, who beat the A-C/G-E girls 3-0 in the first game.

GMLOK led 1-0 after the first inning. After a scoreless second inning for both teams, GMLOK exploded for seven runs in the third inning. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning. The game ended because of the 10-run rule after neither team scored in the fifth inning.

GMLOK finished with 10 runs on seven hits with just one error. A-C/G-E was scoreless on three hits with six errors.

Three GMLOK girls wound up with multi-hit games. Voight was two for four at the plate with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Hughes was also two of four with a double, two RBI and scored once. Kolden was two for three with an RBI and scored twice. Voeltz added a single and a run. Jacobson added two RBI, and Scrabeck an RBI and a run. Harwood and Groom each scored a run.

Hughes worked all five innings in the circle, giving up only three hits, striking out six and walking just two. She threw just 63 pitches and 44 were strikes.

Schedule

The GMLOK girls have a good stretch of home games to wrap up the regular season with. They were scheduled to have already begun their week with a home game against Stewartville on Monday, May 6. They face Schaeffer Academy on Tuesday, May 7. After a couple of days off, GMLOK will host Minneapolis South on Saturday, May 11.