Cal/SG softball goes 2-1 in close contests

Gabby Hoscheit. Photo by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

The Caledonia/Spring Grove girls won two of three softball games last week, all decided late by one or two-run margins. On May 6, the Warriors rallied late to overtake Mabel-Canton 6-5. On the road a day later, the girls could not protect a lead as Lewiston-Altura came back to win 5-4.  

Then on Friday, it was the Warriors' turn for a strong comeback and 8-6 victory at Rushford-Peterson.

Cal/SG closed the week with a 6-9 record (4-9 TRC).


Cal/SG 6, Mabel-Canton 5

The Warriors never led until a walk-off, RBI single from Claire Buttell sent pinch runner Teague Lange home with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. That followed singles from Kiley Meyer (2 for 4) and Kaydi Breeser (3 for 4)

The Class A Cougars (4-3) had taken a 2-0 first-inning lead, and it took the Warriors five innings to pull even.

Lydia Lange hit 3 for 4 with a triple and a double while driving in two runs. Katie Tornstrom went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.

Winning pitcher Grace Privet struck out six and walked only two.


Lewiston-Altura 5, Cal/SG 4

The Cardinals improved to 11-2 and completed a season sweep over Cal/SG. But this was a lot closer than the previous 18-4 decision.

The Warriors out-hit the Cards 9 to 3, but left 11 runners on base while L-A stranded six.

Caledonia/SG led 3-2 before L-A scored the final three runs.

Gabby Hoscheit batted 3 for 4 while driving in two runs. Tornstrom also had two RBIs while going 2 for 4.


Cal/SG 8, Rushford-Peterson 6

The Trojans (4-11) led 5-0 before the Warriors rallied with back-to-back big innings - a three-run eruption followed by a five-run frame.

It was not a clean game in the field; Rushford-Peterson self-destructed with nine errors, compared to three miscues for the Warriors.

Cal/SG out-hit R-P 8 to 7. Seven Warriors had base hits, including Ashly Ideker batting 2 for 4 while driving in two runs.


This week and next

The regular season ends this week with three more Three Rivers contests. The Warriors sought a season split with a road trip to La Crescent-Hokah on Tuesday of this week before looking for a sweep of visiting Fillmore Central/Lanesboro on Thursday, May 16.

Friday is another home game with the rematch against Rushford-Peterson. The Section 1AA Tournament begins next Monday, May 20.