Lady Gophers lose to Cotter to end season at 19-6

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Section 1AA second place Chatfield Gophers. In front, from left, are Kim Greiner, Lexi Chase, Abby Nosbisch, Katie Ihrke, Tatum Allen and Belle Berg. In back are Carlie Berge, Peyton Berg, Alanna Goetzinger, McKenna Daniels, Kielan LaPlante and Sloan Clements.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Chatfield pitcher Lexi Chase delivers a pitch to catcher Peyton Berg in the game against Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Chatfield and Zumbrota-Mazeppa players meet with umpires to start the section tournament.
Bill Bentson

The Chatfield softball team beat Zumbrota-Mazeppa 5-1 and then lost to Cotter 2-0, knocking the Gophers out of the section tournament.  The loss to Cotter was their second loss in the section tournament, both losses suffered at the mitts of the Cotter Ramblers.

Rochester Lourdes downed Cotter 4-0, winning its first ever section softball crown.  Lourdes (22-3) got the No. 2 seed in the state tournament and will play Annandale (17-8) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 6.  The other game in its lower bracket will feature Concordia Academy-Roseville (21-4) against Pipestone Area (No. 3, 24-2).  The top half of the bracket has Esko (18-6) vs. Norwood-Young America (No. 1, 23-2) and LeSueur-Henderson (No. 5, 18-7) taking on Thief River Falls/Goodridge (No. 4, 23-3).  All of the first-round games for Class AA will be at 9 a.m.  The state tournament is played at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

In Chatfield’s win over Zumbrota-Mazeppa, which was the No. 1 seed in the West sub-section, Lexi Chase limited the Lady Cougars to just three hits, a solo home run in the first inning, a single in the fifth inning and another single in the sixth inning.  Z-M’s only other baserunner was a walk in the seventh inning.  Chase struck out 10 and walked just the one batter in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Lady Gophers scored all the runs they needed for the win in the first inning on a lead-off double by Chase, Teagan Allen reaching on an error, a ground-out by Belle Berg and a single by Alanna Goetzinger (2 RBI).

Chase and Goetzinger finished the game with two hits each, and one each for Peyton Berg, Katie Ihrke and Abby Nosbisch.  Peyton Berg (2), Goetzinger (2) and Belle Berg had the runs-batted-in.  Chase (2), Allen, Ihrke and Nosbisch scored the Lady Gopher runs.

The Chatfield defense did not commit any errors in the game. 

Chat 2-0-0-0-1-0-2 = 5-7-0, LOB 6

Z-M 1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 1-3-1, LOB 3

In the loss to Cotter, Chatfield out-hit the Ramblers 6-2, but couldn’t come up with any timely hits.  The Gophers had a runner on second in the first inning with no outs; runners on second and third with two outs in the third inning; a runner on second base with no outs in both the fifth and sixth innings; and a runner on third with two outs in the seventh inning.

Chase pitched the first 4-1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, and two runs, both earned while striking out five and walking six.  Carlie Berge pitched the last 1-2/3 innings, also allowing just one hit, while walking one and striking out three.

Chase led the hitting with a pair of hits, and one each for Allen, Peyton Berg, McKenna Daniels and Nosbisch. 

Both runs for Cotter were a result of an initial walk to the batter.

Chatfield batters struck out 10 times and didn’t receive any walks.

Chatfield played Cotter three times this past season and didn’t score any runs on the Ramblers, losing 1-0, 5-0 and 2-0.

Chatfield 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-6-1, LOB 8

Cotter    0-0-0-0-2-0-x = 2-2-2, LOB 5

Look for a wrap-up of the season and stat leaders in next week’s paper.