GMLOK wins three of four softball games


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Sydney Eickhoff makes a play for GMLOK in a game against Stewartville.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Alexis Harwood of the Bulldogs throws the ball in from the outfield.
By: 
Chad Smith

The GMLOK softball team won three of their four games last week, the only loss being 6-5 to a very good Stewartville squad on Monday, May 6.

The girls bounced back with a home doubleheader sweep of Schaeffer Academy by scores of 15-0 and 23-2. They finished this week with a Saturday afternoon non-conference game against Minneapolis South, coming away with an 11-9 win.

The Bulldogs are 11-5 overall (8-2 Southeast Conference) with two games left in the regular season.

GMLOK 3 Stewartville 6

A handful of errors were likely the difference in the GMLOK home loss to Stewartville. While both offenses cranked out hits and each pitcher threw well, unearned runs turned out to be the story of the contest. The Bulldogs had three runs on 11 hits with five errors. The Tigers has six runs (two earned) on eight hits and no errors.

Stewartville scored a run in each of the first two innings before GMLOK scored its first run in the home half of the second. The Tigers expanded their lead by scoring three times in the top of the third, then added another in the top of the sixth to lead 5-1. GMLOK began a comeback attempt, plating a run in the home half of the six and one in the seventh, but Stewartville closed it out without further damage.

Both pitchers threw the ball well in the circle. Lily Hughes pitched well enough to deserve better results. She threw a complete game, giving up eight hits and six runs, but only two were earned. She struck out six and walked two while throwing 92 pitches (67 for strikes).

Stewartville senior Taylor Smith threw all seven innings, giving up 11 hits and three earned runs. She struck out eight Bulldogs, walked one and gave up one home run. Smith threw 107 pitches in the circle, 71 for strikes.

Zoe Scrabeck did some damage for GMLOK at the plate, going a perfect three of three with a double and a solo home run. She scored twice and added an RBI. Hughes also had three hits and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Masie Voight had two hits and scored once. Liz Jacobson was two for four and shortstop Rylee Groom added a single. Freshman Lydia Voeltz chipped in an RBI.

Aariana Sikkink had the only multi-hit game for Stewartville, finishing two for four at the plate with a run scored.

GMLOK 15 SA 0

The GMLOK girls wound up hosting a doubleheader against Schaeffer Academy because their first matchup was postponed by weather. The Bulldogs jumped out to a fast lead against the fledgling softball program and won game one by a score of 15-0 in four innings, throwing a no-hitter in the process. GMLOK had 15 runs on just eight hits and didn’t commit an error. SA had no runs and no hits while committing three errors.

GMLOK jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning. The Bulldogs added seven more runs in the second inning, one run in the third and two runs in the fourth. The team was one hit batter (freshman Claire Ekborn) away from throwing a four-inning perfect game.

Scrabeck had a single, a team-high two RBI and tied for the team-lead with two runs scored. Groom had a hit, an RBI and scored twice. The eight GMLOK hits were spread among eight different batters.

Hughes pitched a four-inning complete game, allowing no hits and just the one baserunner. She struck out 10 batters and threw only 57 pitches (43 strikes).

GMLOK 23 SA 2

A 16-run second inning broke the other game open against Schaeffer Academy and the game would end early, after 3.5 innings. GMLOK had 23 runs on 15 hits with two errors. Schaeffer Academy scored twice on one hit and committed five errors.

Hughes pitched two innings against the Lions, allowing just one hit while striking out three and walking one. Scrabeck pitched the other two innings, allowing no hits and two unearned runs. She struck out one batter and issued one walk.

Voeltz led the Bulldogs with three hits, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Kylie Musel-Fenton had two hits with a double and a team-high four RBI, while also scoring twice. Freshman Brooke Kolden led the team by scoring three runs. The team swung the bats well, getting a total of 15 hits in 24 combined at-bats.

GMLOK 11 Minneapolis South 9

The GMLOK Bulldogs had a chance to play a team they don’t normally see by welcoming Minneapolis South down to Spring Valley on Saturday. While it wasn’t a pretty game (nine combined errors), both teams came out swinging: 17 hits and 20 runs later, the Bulldogs wound up beating the Tigers by a score of 11-9.

South jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first before GMLOK tied it in the bottom of the second. That was when the offenses picked up the pace. The Tigers scored three more in the top of the third before GMLOK responded with two to tie it at three-all after three. The Tigers jumped back ahead with three more in the fourth, but GMLOK took the lead back with four in the bottom of the fourth. South tied it with a run in the fifth before GMLOK took the lead for good by scoring four in the fifth. South added a run in the sixth to finish out the scoring for both teams.

Musel-Fenton had the big blow in the game, hitting a home run and walking three times while finishing with a game-high four RBI and two runs scored. Voight added a single, an RBI and two runs. Hughes walked, singled and scored twice. Jacobson had a hit and RBI. Scrabeck with three of four with an RBI and a run scored. Groom had a single, RBI and a run scored. Voeltz singled, drove in a run and scored once. Harwood added an RBI and Emily Miner scored twice.

Hughes threw another complete game to get the win, allowing eight hits and nine runs, just four of which were earned. She struck out 12 and walked four. She threw a total of 140 pitches, 86 for strikes.

Schedule

There are just two games left in the regular season, starting with a home game against Mabel-Canton on Tuesday, May 14, looking to sweep the two-game, regular-season series. The Bulldogs will finish up with a home game against SEC champ Randolph on Thursday, May 16.