FCL baseball team plays 40 percent of season in one week

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BILL BENTSON
NEWS LEADER

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Talk about a compact schedule!  The Fillmore Central/Lanesboro baseball team finished the regular season with a 5-8-2 record.  That’s 15 games, and six of the results, 40 percent, were completed in the final week of the season.

This past Tuesday the team played Rushford-Peterson in a doubleheader (won both), Thursday the had a single game with Wabasha-Kellogg (lost in six innings), Friday the guys finished a suspended game with Dover-Eyota (lost, after leading 7-0 through three innings) and Saturday they rounded out the season with a doubleheader in Caledonia (lost both).  The week was just like an oriental sauce, it started sweet but ended up rather sour.

This past Wednesday the team (seeded No. 6) was scheduled to travel to La Crescent (No. 3) for its first 1AA East sub-section game (5 p.m.).  If the guys won that game they would play again on Saturday, May 26, 12:30 p.m. in Chatfield against the winner of the Lake City (No. 2)/St. Charles (No. 7) contest.  If they lost on Wednesday, their season would be over!

Nice wins over R-P

In the first game, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro got all of its runs in the second (three) and fourth (four) innings, as the team went on to beat the Trojans 7-2 in the opener.  The Falcons got their three runs in the second inning on two hits (Nate Haugerud and Carson Schwichtenberg), two walks (Carter Johnson and Brady Ristau) and an error (Caden Anderson) and their four runs in the fourth inning on just one hit (Logan Corson) and three walks (Johnson, Hadrian Williams, Anderson) and an error (Ristau).  Anderson and Ristau reached base on an error, they didn’t commit the error.  Johnson got the other hit for the Falcons in the fifth inning.

Scoring the FCL runs were Haugerud, Johnson, Ristau, Williams (two), Anderson and Ian Shupe (pinch-running for Johnson in the fourth inning).  Runs-batted-in were credited to Schwichtenberg (two), Corson, Williams and Anderson.

Schwichtenberg pitched the full game (five innings), allowing four hits, four walks, two runs (both unearned), while striking out four.  He got the pitching win.

FCL 0-3-0-4-0 = 7-4-2, LOB 3

RP  0-2-0-0-0 = 2-4-2, LOB 7

Game two was an exciting contest for the Falcon fans, disheartening for the Trojan fans.  Rushford-Peterson scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to take what seemed like, a commanding lead at 6-2.  But FCL scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 6-6, sending the game into extra innings.  The Falcons got their four runs on three hits (Corson, Ryli Tostenson, Cody Schoenmann), a hit-batter (Johnson) and a walk (Ristau).  Schoenmann’s hit was a double that drove in two runs.  He was thrown out at second base after he realized his double wasn’t going to become a triple.  The Falcons were also aided by two wild pitches from the R-P pitchers.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Schoenmann reached on an error, went to second on a ground-out and scored on Schwichtenberg’s single to right field.  Final score: Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 7, Rushford-Peterson 6, on Carson Schwictenberg’s walk-off single.  Schoenmann led the team with three RBI.  Colten Kraling had an RBI-double in the first inning.

Corson went three for four in the game and scored two runs.  Also getting hits, not already mentioned, were Haugerud (third inning) and Ristau (second inning).

Doing the pitching for FCL were Corson (4 2/3 innings pitched, 11 hits, 6 runs, 2 earned runs, 6 strike outs, 1 walk) and Anderson (3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K).  Anderson got the win.

RP  0-0-3-0-3-0-0-0 = 6-11-1, LOB 8

FCL 1-0-0-1-4-0-0-1 = 7-10-2, LOB 8

Falcons vs. Falcons

The southern Falcons just gave up too many runs in too many innings and lost to their northern namesake, 18-7, in six innings. Getting the hits for FCL were Schwichtenberg (two), Corson, Kraling, Haugerud, Ristau and Johnson.  Knocking in the runs were Kraling (first inning single), Ristau (third inning single) and Tostenson.

Doing the pitching for FCL were Kraling (2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 K), Johnson (1-2/3 IP, 2 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 6 BB, 1 K) and Schoenmann (3-2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 BB, 2 K).  The FCL pitchers gave up 21 “freebies,” 16 walks and five hit-batters.

Falcons, north 2-4-4-3-3-2 = 18-9-0, LOB 12

Falcons, south1-0-2-2-2-0 = 7-7-1, LOB 5

Disappointing loss to D-E

The loss to Dover-Eyota, 9-8, was very disappointing, especially after taking a 7-0 lead after the first two innings of play before the game was suspended.  But 15 days after the game started, that’s what happened.  Both teams scored in the third inning, so it was still a seven-run lead for the Falcons, 8-1.  FCL gave up four runs in the fourth and one more in the sixth, but still had a one-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.  Then, four consecutive walks to D-E batters and an error, and the game was over with no outs recorded.

Getting hits for FCL were Corson (two), Kraling (two), Haugerud, Tostenson, Williams and Anderson.  Coming up with the RBI were Corson (two), Kraling, Haugerud, Tostenson (two) and Johnson.  Scoring were Corson (two), Kraling (two), Haugerud, Tostenson, Williams and Anderson.  FCL sent 16 batters to the plate in the first two innings (first go-round) and just 19 in the final five innings (second go-round) of play.

Logan Corson pitched the first two innings and allowed just one hit, no runs and no walks, and struck out three.  Caden Anderson pitched two-and-a-third innings, allowing five hits, six runs, four earned, six walks and no strikeouts.  Nate Haugerud pitched the final one-and-two-thirds innings, allowing one hit, three runs (one earned), five walks and one strikeout. 

FCL 2-5-1-0-0-0-0 = 8-8-5, LOB 6

DE 0-0-1-1-4-1-2 = 9-7-5, LOB 13

Final set for FCL

In the first game of the final set of games for the 2018 regular season, the Falcons could only come up with three hits, one each for Haugerud, Tostenson and Schoenmann.  The Falcons sent three batters to the plate in the first inning, three in the second, five in the third, five more in the fourth and four batters in the fifth inning.  The guys scored in the fourth inning and left another runner on second and left a runner on third in the fifth inning.  Haugerud scored the only run for the locals on a wild pitch.

Corson pitched four innings, allowing six hits, seven runs (six earned) and three walks, with no strikeouts.

Falcons 0-0-0-1-0 = 1-3-3, LOB 4

Warriors 0-0-7-0-x = 7-6-0, LOB 2

Game two against Caledonia was just one hit and one run better, as the Falcons lost the last regular season game 10-2.  Coming up with the hits were Schwichtenberg, Corson (two) and Haugerud.  Schwichtenberg and Corson scored the runs and Corson got the lone RBI.  

Schwichtenberg was on the mound for the Falcons.  He gave up 12 hits, 10 runs (eight earned) and three walks while striking out four.

Cal 2-4-0-4-0 = 10-12-3, LOB 5

FCL 0-0-0-0-2 = 2-4-3, LOB 4

 

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