Lions drop one, win one, have one suspended

Payton Leahy takes the throw as Rushford-Peterson's Dawson Dahl slides into second base. Photo submitted by Cheryl Patterson

Shortstop Chandler Bergrud fields the ball while backed up by Payton Leahy during road trip to Rushford-Peterson. Photo submitted by Cheryl Patterson
By : 
Stephen Lee Epps

Spring Grove (5-1, 4-0 SEC) suffered its first baseball loss and later added a win, but in between, the only conference contest was suspended by storms. There was a lack of attack in a 9-3 road loss at Rushford-Peterson on April 30, but the offense flourished during a 16-0 home rout of Coulee Region Christian on May 4. 

But the May Day trip to Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger was suspended with the Lions ahead 5-2 while batting in the fourth inning. That game was being completed as the Herald went to press on May 7.

R-P 9, SG 3

Shawn Marg tossed a two-hitter for the Trojans, handcuffing the Lions with 10 strikeouts and only one walk.

It was pitchers' duel through five innings. Down 1-0, SG had runners at first and third in the third inning but could not score.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, Spring Grove rallied with a dropped third strike, a Noah Elton RBI-double, and an error to tie it at 2-2.

Lion starter Alex Folz had to leave the mound due to the pitch count maximum just before the Trojans exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning.

The Lions added a run in the seventh with an Adin Solum single, a wild pitch, a ground out, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Folz that almost cleared the fence.

"Tough loss for us today," said coach Chris Strinmoen. "It was a good battle between Alex and their lefty, Marg. We just couldn't muster much offense throughout the game.

"We were lucky to get a couple in the fifth to tie, due to an error. But then it got away from us in the sixth."

R-P came up with 11 base hits, all singles except a two-RBI home run by Halen Schwendinger that broke the tie in the sixth. Schwendinger was batting for the second time in the inning with the bases loaded when the Lions escaped further disaster with a double play.

The Trojans "did a good job putting pressure on us the whole game. They left the bases loaded in the third and the fourth. They had guys on (base) every inning but the fifth.

"We were sloppy in the field today, even though most of the (six) errors didn't hurt us too bad.

"We also have to cut down our strikeouts at the plate. It was evident we missed Nic Peterson in our lineup - out with the flu - both offensively and defensively. This one might haunt us when (postseason) seeding rolls around."

R-P improved to 3-1 but would finish the week at 6-1.

R-P 9, SG 3

SG  000  020  1 - 3   2  6

R-P 101  007  x - 9 11  3

LOB: SG 5, R-P 11

WP-Marg, LP-Folz

Folz 5.1 IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 3W, 6K

Bergrud 0.0 IP, 6H, 6R, 6ER, 1W, 0K

Nerstad 0.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 1W, 0K

Marg 6.1 IP, 2H, 3R, 1ER, 3W, 10K

Mueller 0.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 0W, 1K

Lion lineup: p Alex Folz, c Carter Bratland, 1b Kyle Hagen, 2b Payton Leahy, ss Chandler Bergrud, 3b Sam Sanness, lf Isaac Griffin, cf Adin Solum, rf Noah Elton

SG 16, CRC 0

"It was a nice night for a game," said Strinmoen. Coulee is a young group that is trying to learn ther game, so they struggled a little bit, especially in the field. Our guys took advantage of their errors and made them pay for it.

The Lions batted during only three innings as the game ended with the 10-run rule in the middle of the fourth. SG took advantage of 10 Eagle errors and six walks while battering three Coulee pitchers with 10 hits.

Peterson singled home two runs in the first inning. In the seveb-run third inning, there were four straight singles by Peterson, Sam Sanness, Caleb Nerstad and Chandler Bergrud. 

Carter Bratland added a two-run double, the lone extra-base hit of the game. Jakob Myrah, running for Bratland, scored on an Isaac Gengler single before SG left the bases loaded.

Seven different Lions had base hits with Bratland, Peterson and Sanness each batting 2 for 3.

On the mound, Bergrud tossed the four-inning two-hitter with no walks while getting nine of the 12 outs with strikeouts.

"Chandler did a great job on the mound throwing strikes and not letting them create any momentum," added the coach. "It was nice to get a lot of guys into the game to contribute in some way."

SG 16, CRC 0

CRC  000  0 - 0  2  10

SG     367  x -16 10  0

LOB: CRC 2, SG 8

WP-Bergrud, LP- Root

Bergrud 4 IP, 0R, 2H, 0W, 9K


SG was one of three SEC teams entering the week undefeated following four games in league play. 

After finishing the suspended game at G-E/A-C on Monday of this week, the Lions hosted a Tuesday double header against league co-leader Lyle/Pacelli. 

The boys play at Houston on Friday, May 11 before next week opens with a Monday, May 14 non-conference road trip to Winona against Cotter/Hope Lutheran (5 p.m.).

Defending conference champion Randolph visits for a critical SEC double header on Tuesday, May 15.


SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE (updated since print edition with May 8 results)

Spring Grove….7-0 (8-1 season)

Randolph………5-0 (6-0 season)

Lyle/Pacelli……4-2 (5-2 season)

Houston……….4-4 (4-6 season)

Schaeffer……...1-4 (4-4 season)

Mabel-Canton...0-5 (1-6 season)

G-E/A-C……….0-6 (0-7 season)

>>>May 8 scores

SG 5, Lyle/Pacelli 3

Spring Grove 7, Lyle/Pacelli 1

Randolph 15, Mabel-Canton 1

Houston 9, G-E/A-C 2

Houston 5, G-E/AC 2

Schaeffer Academy 2, Bethlehem Academy

>>>Spring Grove 7-1 ( 6-0 SEC)

W vs. Mabel-Canton 13-1

W vs. Schaeffer Academy 1-0

W vs. Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger 5-4

W at Mabel-Canton 16-2

L at Rushford-Peterson 3-9

W vs. Coulee Region Christian 16-0

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 5-3

W vs. Lyle/Pacelli 7-1

May 11 at Houston

May 14 at Cotter/Hope Lutheran

May 15 Randolph (dh)

May 17 at Schaeffer Academy

May 18 Houston

May 21 at Coulee Region Christian