GMLOK softball team wins two of three games


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Sydney Eickhoff makes a play in the field behind an umpire for the Bulldogs vs. Lyle/Pacelli.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK’s Lydia Voeltz takes off from third base in the game against Lyle/Pacelli.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK catcher Liz Jacobsen receives a pitch in the Lyle/Pacelli game.
By: 
Chad Smith

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland softball team took two of three games last week, starting on Tuesday, April 23, with a 10-1 SEC win at Mabel-Canton. They dropped a road matchup at unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Randolph 4-0 on Thursday, April 25. The Bulldogs finished the week on Friday with a 5-1 home-field win over Lyle-Pacelli.

The Bulldogs are 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the Southeast Conference.

Strong start vs. M-C

A five-run first inning for GMLOK put the Mabel-Canton Cougars back on their heels and the pitching of Lily Hughes did the rest in the nine-run Southeast Conference victory. The complete game from Hughes held a normally good-hitting Cougar squad to a run on four hits. The Bulldogs’ offense put up 10 runs on nine hits and took advantage of an uncharacteristic four M-C errors.

After the five-spot in the first inning, GMLOK added another run in the third before M-C drove in its first run in the bottom of the inning. GMLOK added to the 6-1 lead with two more runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and another in the seventh for the 10-1 win.

Freshman Brook Kolden led the team with three hits in four at-bats. Another freshman, Lydia Voeltz, went two for four and scored twice. Liz Jacobson went one for five with three RBI. Kylie Fenton-Musel went one for two with a double, two RBI, and scored once. Masie Voight scored three runs, Hughes added a single, Zoe Scrabeck scored a run, as did Emily Miner. Alexes Harwood drove in two runs, Audrey Webster scored a run, as did Kennedy Fenske.

Hughes spun off another complete game, working all seven innings and giving up four hits with one earned run. She hit double figures in strikeouts again, finishing with 13 Ks and six walks. She threw 152 pitches, 85 for strikes (55%).

Freshman Molly Lee led Mabel-Canton with two hits, while Lexi Thorson was one for four with a run scored. Cougar pitcher Emily Carolan also pitched all seven innings, allowing nine hits and ten runs (5 earned). She struck out six and issued eight walks.

Defensive struggle vs. Randolph

Runs were a little hard to come by against the unbeaten Rockets. Randolph sits atop the Southeast Conference standings and the team is also the No. 1 team in the Minnesota State Softball Coaches Association poll.

However, runs were a little hard to come by for Randolph as well. The Rockets scored a run in the first and held that 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, thanks to the pitching of Hughes. Randolph added another three runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on to close out the game.

Hughes pitched another complete game, taking the loss in spite of getting seven strikeouts against the state’s top-ranked squad. There wasn’t much in the way of offensive support as GMLOK could only muster three hits in the game.

No other stats were available at press time.

Another strong start vs. Lyle/Pacelli

A three-run first inning and another solid pitching performance from Hughes were all the Bulldogs would need to pick up a Friday afternoon Southeast Conference win over the Athletics. GMLOK added another run in the second inning and one more in the sixth. The only L/P run crossed the plate in the top of the sixth inning.

GMLOK finished with five runs on 12 hits and one error. Lyle/Pacelli had a run on five hits with one error. The Bulldogs had a chance to lengthen their lead but wound up leaving 10 runners on base. The A’s stranded six runners of their own.

Hughes pitched another complete game for GMLOK and allowed just five hits and one earned run. She struck out nine batters and walked only two while picking up the win. She also helped herself at the plate, going two for four with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.

Scrabeck led the Bulldogs with three hits and an RBI. Voight was two for two and scored twice. Rylee Groom chipped in a walk, a double, and a run scored. Jacobson added a single and an RBI, as did Fenton-Musel. Voeltz and Harwood each added hits. Emma Grafe scored a run.

L/P senior Mia Bauer led the A’s at the plate, going two for three at the dish with a double and scored once. Miranda Arkellis took the loss in the pitchers’ circle, pitching six innings, giving up 12 hits and five runs (3 earned). She struck out one GMLOK batter and walked three.

Schedule

The week is set to start on Tuesday, April 30, with a rematch at Houston. GMLOK won the first game 3-1 in the season-opener for both teams. The Bulldogs hit the road for a rematch at Lyle/Pacelli looking to sweep the regular-season series after a win last week. GMLOK will wrap up the week on Friday at Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons, looking to sweep the regular-season series.