GMLOK sweeps two doubleheaders in baseball

By: 
Chad Smith

It was doubleheader week for the GMLOK baseball team, and the Bulldogs swept both twin bills.

The Bulldogs beat Schaeffer Academy on Tuesday, May 7, by scores of 4-3 and 5-1. GMLOK then swept Spring Grove during a doubleheader at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, on Friday, May 10. Scores were 2-1 and 10-3. The Bulldogs are 15-2 overall (11-0 SEC) going into the final week of the regular season.

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The Bulldogs had to rally in order to take game one of the doubleheader by a 4-3 score. The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick lead but needed a run in the sixth and seventh innings in order to pull out the SEC win. GMLOK coach Dakotah Rostad said his team’s bats went cold after a good start to the game.

 “We got the first two runs of the game right away in the first inning, but things went quiet for the next four innings,” he said. “Schaeffer Academy’s pitcher got stronger as the game went on. The third innings was a rough one in the field as Schaeffer scored three runs. It took two clutch hits in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings to come away with a big conference win.”

Drew Copley was three for three with a double and a stolen base and scored twice. Dustin Copley added the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, his only hit in three at-bats. Welch was one for three with an RBI.

 “Welch delivered the game-tying hit in the bottom of the sixth innings,” Rostad said. “It was Dustin Copley with the big hit in the seventh inning, driving in the game-winning run, breaking a three-all tie.”

Dylan Lunning got the start, throwing 6.1 innings and allowing four hits and three runs (one earned). He struck out nine batters and walked four. Christian Millette pitched the final two-thirds of an inning, striking out two batters.

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Similar to game one, GMLOK jumped out to an early lead and then added some insurance runs late to help seal a 5-1 win and a doubleheader sweep. Rostad said the Bulldogs pitching was fantastic.

“Seniors Christian Millette and Drew Copley combined to throw a two-hit, one-run gem of a game,” he said. “They got some good help behind them as our defense was making solid plays for them in the field as well.”

Millette pitched two innings, giving up no runs and one hit, striking out three and walking two. Copley pitched three innings, giving up one hit and one run, getting six strikeouts and walking two batters.

Reid Kruegel was two for three at the plate and scored once. Drew Copley was also two for three, stealing a base, driving in a run and scoring twice.

Rostad added, “It’s always nice to take the first game of a doubleheader and even better when you complete the sweep.”

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The Bulldogs won a pitchers’ duel to take game one of a doubleheader on Friday. The teams combined for three runs and 10 hits over the course of 6.5 innings. Spring Grove errors likely played a big role in the game as only one of the two GMLOK runs were earned. The Bulldogs scored two runs on six hits and didn’t commit an error. The Lions had a run on four hits with three errors.

Spring Grove jumped out to the first lead of the game with a run in the top of the fourth. GMLOK took the lead back with a couple runs in the bottom of that same inning. That was it for the scoring. Bulldog pitchers did a good job of limiting Spring Grove runs as the Lions stranded six runners on base that could have changed the outcome of the game.

“It took a favorable bounce for GMLOK and a timely hit for the two runs to cross the plate in that fourth inning,” Rostad said. “After that, Drew Copley and the defense shut down any threat the Lions made.”

Drew Copley pitched a complete game to get the win, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He kept the ball in the strike zone, striking out six batters without issuing a walk. He threw 82 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Nick Eickhoff had the only RBI of the game for the Bulldogs, going two for three at the plate. Jacob Welch singled and scored. Dylan Lunning walked and scored the other GMLOK run. Reid Kruegel, Nolan Skifter and Drew Copley each added singles.

Isaac Griffin had two hits to lead Spring Grove. Nic Peterson took the loss in spite of giving up just two runs (one earned) and five hits in five innings of work.

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The Bulldogs broke open a one-run game with six runs over the final two innings to sweep the doubleheader, coming away with a seven-run win (10-3). GMLOK finished the game with 10 runs on 11 hits with just one error. Spring Grove had three runs on eight hits while making three fielding errors.

GMLOK jumped out to a quick lead with three runs in the top of the first inning (visiting team on the scoreboard in the second game). The Lions answered with a run in the bottom of the first before the Bulldogs answered with another in the top of the second to lead 4-1. Spring Grove scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to cut it to a one-run lead. GMLOK salted the game away with three runs in the sixth inning and the final three in the seventh inning.

Once again, GMLOK pitching controlled the game. Drew Copley pitched the first five innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs. He struck out five and walked four. Relievers Drew Copley and Christian Millette worked the final two innings and didn’t allow a run while giving up just two hits. Drew Copley pitched 1.2 innings and struck out four batters. Millette took care of the final third of an inning, giving up two hits.

Skifter carried a lot of the offense, going four of five at the plate, driving in an RBI and scoring once. Drew Copley went two for three with a team-high three RBI. Dustin Copley was two for four with a double, two RBI and scored once. Jacob Welch doubled and scored.

Alex Folz was two for three and scored twice. Three other Lions finished with two hits apiece.

Schedule

The Bulldogs start the final week of the regular season with a home game against Mabel-Canton on Tuesday, May 14. They finish the week with a home game against defending conference champion Randolph on Thursday, May 16.

GMLOK leads Randolph by a game with those two games left. They can clinch at least a share of the Southeast Conference title with a win over Mabel-Canton on Tuesday. The game with Randolph, assuming Rockets’ winning at Lyle/Pacelli on Monday and at home against Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger on Tuesday, will be for the outright SEC title. Randolph has to win those two games and beat GMLOK in the finale to win or share the title for a fourth-straight season.