Softball girls shut out, then snowed out

Gabby Hoscheit looks toward first base after getting the force out of Houston’s Tessa Petersen at second base. Caledonia/Spring Grove defeated the Hurricanes 11-1 just after the Herald went to press. Photo by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

The Caledonia/Spring Grove softball girls suffered a hard-fought shut out to start the week before being snowed out at the end of the week.

Visiting La Crescent-Hokah broke a scoreless stalemate with a two-out and two-RBI, wind-blown single in the fourth inning and went on to blank the Warriors, 3-0. 

It was a very windy day at the Caledonia softball field, which according to coach Michelle Anderson, "affected a number of hit balls for both teams."

The April 8 softball loss was the third in as many games for Cal/SG, but by far the most competitive as the Warriors out-hit the Lancers 4-3.

Another major factor was free passes. It was not that the Lancer batters received so many - six (3 walks, 2 hit batters, 1 error), but that only one Warrior batter benefited from charity - a late Lancer error in the sixth inning. La Crescent-Hokah senior pitcher Kaylee Pogodzinski struck out 11 and walked none.

And when free passes came in pairs, La Crescent-Hokah scored. Cal/SG sophomore pitcher Grace Privet struck out nine, but a walk and a hit batter provided the base runners that scored on Jessica Kruckow's single. Two walks led to an insurance run (without a base hit) in the next inning.

The Warriors threatened in the bottom of the sixth but could not score despite combining two singles with a Lancer error. 

Cal/SG hits came from Kaydi Breese, Claire Buttell and Ashly Ideker.

"We are still struggling to make good contact with the ball at bat," said Anderson, "and that is something that will be a focus for upcoming practices."

La Crescent-Hokah - with six seniors, three juniors and a sophomore - improved to 2-2 (2-1 TRC), while Cal/SG left the field at 0-3 (0-3 TRC). The game had been moved up four days to avoid the impending winter storm that forced the cancelation of Saturday's annual tournament at Onalaska Luther for the second straight year. 

Last Thursday's home game versus Rushford-Peterson was postponed to May 17.

This week and next

The girls (1-3) defeated Houston 11-1 on Monday of this week, just after the print edition went to press. A conference road game at Preston against Fillmore Central/Lanesboro was scheduled on Tuesday..

A third straight trip game follows at Winona Cotter on Thursday, April 18. The Ramblers defeated C/SG 11-1 in their first TRC meeting.

The girls are back home versus Dover-Eyota on Tuesday, April 23.


La Crescent-Hokah 3, C/SG 0

LaC….000 210 0 - 3 3 1

C/SG..000 000 0 - 0 4 2

LOB: LaC 6, C/SG 4

Stolen bases: LaC 2, C/SG 1

Extra-base hits: none

WP-Pogodzinski, LP-Privet

Privet 7 IP, 3H, 3R, 0 ER, 9K, 3W

Pogodzinski 7 IP, 3H, 0R, 11K, 0W


Caledonia/Spring Grove Softball (1-3, 0-3 TRC) - updated since print edition

L vs. Lewiston-Altura 4-18

L vs. Cotter 1-11

L vs. La Crescent-Hokah 0-3

W at Houston 11-1