Gophers even baseball record at 5-5


LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Tedon Zimmerman is ready to put a tag on a La Crescent player at second base in one of Chatfield’s games last week.

LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Sam Stevens makes contact for the Gophers in the game against La Crescent.

LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield’s Lincoln Salisbury dives in an attempt to stop a La Crescent line drive.

LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Zach Roline at the plate for Chatfield in the game against La Crescent.
By: 
Bill Bentson

It’s getting a bit more difficult for the Chatfield baseball team to pick up any wins, especially when they are taking on the top teams in each of the divisions.  This past week the team dropped three games to St. Charles (4-1), La Crescent-Hokah (5-1) and Caledonia (17-0). 

St. Charles is tied for second in the TRC-west, Caledonia is leading the TRC-east and La Crescent-Hokah is in second place in the TRC-east, just 1.5 games behind the Warriors.

This past Monday the team was set to travel to Dover-Eyota, Tuesday they host TRC-west leader Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Thursday they will have another game with Caledonia at Chatfield, Friday they are at St. Charles and Saturday they travel to Mayo Field (Rochester) for a game with Rochester Lourdes. 

Final regular season games for the Gopher guys will be Tuesday, May 14, (double-header with Southland), Thursday, May 16, (vs. Wabasha-Kellogg) and Friday, May 17, at PEM.

In the loss to St. Charles, Chatfield out-hit the Saints, 6-4, but couldn’t come up with any timely hits and left 14 runners on the bases.

Six different players had the hits for Chatfield: Seth Allen, Lincoln Salisbury, Sam Stevens, Paul Griffin, Hunter Johnston and Austin Storm. Allen scored the only run and Henry Gathje had the only RBI.

Allen pitched 6-2/3 innings, allowing four hits, four runs, all earned, three walks, while striking out six. 

The Gophers played a rare Wednesday game, losing at La Crescent-Hokah.  Chatfield committed four errors in the game, but those errors didn’t affect the result of the game, as the five runs given up by the Gophers were all earned runs.

Max Aug pitched the first five innings of the game. He allowed three hits, two runs (both earned), struck out one and walked three. Austin Storm had one inning of relief, allowing four hits, three runs, all earned, with no walks and no strikeouts.

Salisbury and Zach Roline led the team with two hits each. The other hit for Chatfield was recorded by Aug. 

Chatfield left five runners on the base paths. Roline was credited with the RBI.

The stats were very inconclusive for the Caledonia game, but the score wasn’t.  The Gophers gave up six runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third inning and eight runs in the fourth inning.

Roline (3 innings), Gathje (1/3 inning) and Salisbury (2/3 inning) did the pitching against the Warriors.  Roline gave up six hits, nine runs (8 earned), no walks and struck out three.  Gathje just gave up one hit, with no walks and no strikeouts and Salisbury gave up three hits, eight runs, five of them were earned.  He walked four and struck out none.

In the Gamechanger scorebook, no stats were available after the third inning for Caledonia.

Chatfield was credited with two hits, one for Gathje and one for Griffin.