Chase throws perfect game in softball


Kim Greiner hits the ball for the Gophers against GMLOK. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

Alexis Chase of the Gophers shows the form that led to a perfect game with no GMLOK base runners. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

Chatfield’s Britney Fretland makes the catch at first base for an out well before the GMLOK batter reaches. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
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BILL BENTSON
CHATFIELD NEWS

The Chatfield softball team lost its first regular season game in two years to St. Charles, dropping game two of a double-header 6-1.  The Gophers won the first game of the doubleheader 16-1. 

Last Tuesday the gals swept GMLOK 13-0 and 11-0, both in five innings. Lexi Chase hurled a perfect game in the first contest. Thursday, the team traveled to Winona and beat Cotter 1-0 on a two-hitter for Chase.  Cotter was undefeated going into the Chatfield game. 

Gophers split with Saints

In the first game of the scheduled doubleheader against St. Charles, the Lady Gophers pounded out 21 hits in the five-inning win.  Every player in the starting rotation had a least one hit in the game, which included five extra-base hits.   Leading the way with three hits apiece were Carlie Berge, Alanna Goetzinger, Kim Greiner and Peyton Berg.  Coming up with two hits each were Belle Berg, Chase, Britney Fretland and McKenna Daniels.  Shelby Isensee had one hit.  The extra-base hits were credited to Chase, Berge, Griener and Peyton Berg, all doubles, and Belle Berg had a home run.  Recording the runs-batted-in for Chatfield were Belle Berg (two), Berge, Isensee, Fretland (three), Daniels (two), Goetzinger, Greiner (four) and Peyton Berg (two).

Chatfield scored 14 runs in the first inning on 14 hits, a walk and three St. Charles errors.  Belle Berg got to the plate three times in that first inning as the leadoff hitter for the Gophers.  She had two hits, including a opening game home run.  Also having two hits in the first inning were Berge, Goetzinger, Greiner and Peyton Berg. 

Chase pitched the first three innings, allowing three hits, one run (earned), no walks, while striking out three.  Daniels finished the game with two innings of work.  She had one strikeout, one walk, no runs and allowed only one hit.

Chatfield   14-0-0-2-0 = 16-21-0, 6 LOB

St. Charles 0-0-0-1-0 = 1-4-4, 3 LOB

In the second game, Chatfield could only muster five hits, two by Belle Berg, and one each for Chase, Berge and Abby Nosbisch.  The only run for Chatfield came in the seventh inning when Daniels reached base on a walk, went to second on a hit, to third on a walk and scored on a Saint’s error. 

Berge pitched the entire game for Chatfield.  She struck out five, walked one, allowed 11 hits and gave up six runs, four of which were earned.

StC 4-1-0-1-0-0-0 = 6-11-3

Chat 0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1-5-0

“Broom time” against GMLOK

Not only did Chatfield sweep the two-game set against the Lady Bulldogs, the Gophers also held them scoreless in the two games.

Chatfield had 16 hits in the first game, led by Berge’s (4/4) four singles.  Peyto Berg went three for three in the opening contest, including a pair of doubles. Coming up with two hits each were Chase and Daniels, and one hit each for Belle Berg, Isensee, Fretland, Greiner and Goetzinger. Chatfield scored five runs in the first inning and eight more in the third inning.  Getting the RBIs were Belle Berg, Chase, Berge, Isensee, Fretland, Peyton Berg (two), Greiner, Goetzinger and Daniels (three).  Scoring Chatfield’s runs were Belle Berg, Chase (two), Berge (two), Nosbisch (two), Fretland, Peyton Berg (three), Goetzinger, and Daniels.

Chase had five innings of perfect ball for the Lady Gophers.  There were no GMLOK hits, no walks and no Chatfield errors, as she struck out 13 of the 15 batters that she faced.  The other two outs were grounders to first and shortstop. 

GMLOK 0-0-0-0-0 = 0-0-1, 0 LOB

Chatfield 5-0-8-0-x = 13-16-0, 6 LOB

Chatfield had more “crooked numbers” in the second game as they scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, three more in the third and one in the fifth, to complete its second shutout. 

The Gophers got three hits each from Belle Berg and Berge, two hits each from Chase and Daniels and solo hits from Isensee, Greiner and Nosbisch, for a total of 13.  Berge had a double and Belle Berg had a triple in the game. Chatfield’s runs were scored by Belle Berg (four), Chase (two), Berge, Daniels (two) and Goetzinger (two).  Knocking in the runs (RBI) were Belle Berg, Chase, Berge, Isensee, Fretland and Daniels.  Five of Chatfield’s 11 runs were unearned. 

Berge was in the circle for the five innings.  She struck out six, allowed no walks and only two hits. 

Chatfield 2-5-3-0-1 = 11-13-0, 5 LOB

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

Gophers beat undefeated Ramblers

In the showdown between the two division leaders, Chatfield scored its only run in the first inning, then hung on for the win.  Chase struck out 16 Cotter batters and allowed only two hits in the shutout win.  She gave up just two hits.

The Gophers got their lone run when Belle Berg led off the game with a double, advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on Chase’s groundout to second base. That was the only run the Lady Gophers needed for the win.  Also getting hits in the game for Chatfield were Isensee, Peyton Berg (two) and Greiner.

Chatfield threatened to score more runs in the second inning when the first two batters got on base, but one got picked off at third and the other runner was stranded on second.

Chat 1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 1-5-0

Cotter 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-2-0

Tuesday the gals are scheduled to have two games at Wabasha-Kellogg, Thursday they host Lewiston-Altura, Friday they host Southland for another doubleheader and Saturday they are at Rochester Century (11 a.m.).  Monday, May 14, the team will travel to Byron for a non-conference game and then finish the regular season with games on Thursday, May 17, with Rushford-Peterson (home) and Friday, May 18, with Caledonia/Spring Grove, also home.

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