Lady Gophers ‘stay in step’ with 2017 during busy opening week

Chatfield catcher Shelby Isensee catches a foul ball for an out at the entrance to the Dover-Eyota dugout. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

McKenna Daniels throws to first base to get an out for Chatfield while pitcher Carlie Berge ducks down. The Gophers beat Dover-Eyota in five innings. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

The Gophers line up to congratulate Alexis Chase on her home run against Dover-Eyota. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

Carlie Berge makes a catch for the Gophers vs. D-E. Sam Clemens/Chatfield News

Britney Fretland gets a hit for Chatfield in the game against Dover-Eyota. Sam Clemens/Chatfield News
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Last year the Chatfield girls’ softball team went undefeated, 19-0, during the regular season, then lost out in the Section 1AA tournament to Rochester Lourdes and Zumbrota-Mazeppa. 

Well, the gals are back on their winning ways in 2018, picking up five wins, no losses, this past week, which was also the first week the team was able to get in some games.

Last Tuesday the gals picked up two wins against Plainview-Elgin-Millville (2-1, 9-4), Thursday they got a single win against La Crescent (3-0) and Friday they took two from Dover-Eyota (14-4 in six innings and 12-5).

Gals beat PEM twice

In the first game of the double-header against the Lady Bulldogs, Lexi Chase pitched the entire seven innings, allowing just three hits, one unearned run, while striking out 14 PEM batters.  She didn’t have any walks. 

Providing the hits for Chatfield were Belle Berg, Chase (two), Carlie Berge (two), Britney Fretland (two), Alanna Goetzinger (two) and Abby Nosbisch.  The Gophers got their first run in the fourth inning on a one-out triple by Goetzinger and a single by Nosbisch.  The winning run came in the fifth inning when Chase got on with a lead-off walk, advanced to third on a ground-out and then scored on Fretland’s single.  Reaching base with walks were Chase, Berge and Nosbisch.

Chatfield 0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 2-10-1

PEM 0-0-0-0-1-0-0 = 1-3-1

The Gophers gave themselves a bit more breathing room in the second game, scoring two runs in the first inning, two more in the fourth, four in the fifth inning and one more in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

Berge was “in the circle” for game two.  She scattered six hits, struck out six and walked two.  She allowed four runs, three of which were earned. 

Doing the damage at the plate were Berg (2 hits, 2 runs-batted-in, 2 runs), Chase (hit, walk), Berge (3 H, 2 RBI, 1 R), Shelby Isensee (2 H, 2 RBI, 1 R), Fretland (3 H, 1 R, walk), McKenna Daniels (2 H, 1 R), Goetzinger (RBI, walk), Kim Greiner (run), and Nosbisch (3 H, 2 R, RBI).  Berge and Isensee had back-to-back home runs in the first inning and Berg had a two-run jack in the fourth inning.  The Lady Gophers broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning on five hits, a walk and a PEM error.

PEM 2-0-0-0-0-2-0 = 4-6-1

Chatfield 2-0-0-2-4-1-x = 9-16-2

Solo win at La Crescent

Last Thursday the gals traveled to La Crescent and picked up a crossover win against the Lancers.  Chatfield had nine hits in the game, eight coming off the bats of Berg (3), Chase (2) and Berge (3).  Greiner got her first hit of the season, a double, in the fourth inning.  Greiner reached base on an error in the second inning, got to third base on a Nosbisch sacrifice and then scored the Lady Gophers first run of the game on Berg’s double.  Chatfield scored two more runs in the fifth inning on hits by Berg, Chase and Berge.  Berg and Autumn Allen (running for Chase) scored the runs. 

Chase was the pitcher of record, going the full seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out 15 Lancers.  She didn’t allow any walks in the 90-pitch effort. 

Chatfield 0-1-0-0-2-0-0 = 3-9-0

La Crescent 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-5-2

Gophers ‘clip’ Eagles’ wings

The Dover-Eyota gals came into the game with Chatfield at 3-0 in the Three Rivers Conference (3-1, overall) and left at 3-2 (3-3, overall).  Both teams need to be given a lot of credit for making it through the game, because it might have been April 27 on the calendar, it was Nov. 27 weather-wise.  The wind was blowing so hard it changed the flight of the ball, causing players to mis-judge the trajectory of the ball when it got up in the air.  The wind was blowing so hard it blew three chairs off the CCTV truck when setting up for the game. 

The Lady Gophers got on the board early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and kind of put the game out of reach in the third inning with six more runs.  The gals topped off their scoring with two more runs in the fourth and finished off the Eagles with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 10-run rule win. 

Leading the offensive attack with hits were Nosbisch and Berge, each with three, two hits each for Isensee, Goetzinger, Greiner and solo hits for Berg and Fretland.  Nosbisch had six runs-batted-in to go along with her three hits.  Also knocking in runs were Berge, Isensee, Fretland, Goetzinger and Greiner (two).  Scoring the runs were Berg, Fretland, Daniels, Goetzinger (three), Greiner (two), Nosbisch, Allen (three) and Devann Clemens (two).

Berge was on the mound and got the win for Chatfield.  She pitched six innings, allowed five hits, four runs (one earned), struck out seven and walked three.

DE 0-1-0-0-1-2 = 4-5-5

Chat 3-0-6-2-0-3 = 14-14-6

In game two, Chatfield scored seven runs in the second inning, which turned out to be enough for the win, but added two more runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and one more in the seventh inning.  DE scored all of their runs in the first two innings, two in the first and three in the second.  Chase had the hot bat for the Gophers, going four for five in the game, including a line drive shot over the right field fence for a home run.  She had four RBI in the game. 

Greiner showed her great speed on the base paths with an inside-the-park home run.  Greiner hit a hard liner to the shortstop, which took a high hop over her shoulder and rolled all the way to the fence.  When she rounded second you knew there was no stopping her from scoring.  Coach Mark Eickhoff gave her the green light when she hit third base and scored standing up.  That was Greiner’s only hit in the game, but it provided plenty of excitement. 

Also coming up with hits in the game were Berg, Berge, Isensee, Fretland (2) and Daniels.  RBI were also credited to Berge, Fretland, and Greiner (3).  Scoring the runs were Berg (3), Chase, Berge (2), Fretland, Daniels, Greiner (2), Nosbisch and Clemens. 

Chase did the pitching, allowing five runs (0 earned), striking out nine, walking one and allowing one home run.  She threw 109 pitches in the game. 

So, a very successful week one of play is now in the books.  The gals (5-0, 5-0) have five more games this week.  Monday, they were scheduled to travel to St. Charles (2-3, 3-3) for a double-header, Tuesday they are at home for another two games with GMLOK (1-2, 1-2) and Thursday they travel to Cotter (5-0, 6-0) for a single game.