Softball rejects Rebels, falls to Saints, Gophers

During a time out at third base, Coach Michelle Anderson confers with runner Lydia Lange during a previous game. Photo by S. Lee Epps

The Caledonia/Spring Grove softball girls dropped two road games to teams with winning records on either side of a home win against winless Southland. A big inning propelled St. Charles past the Warriors 10-7 on April 30 before Cal/SG used timely hitting to put away Southland 6-2 on May 2. The next day Chatfield dominated play 17-2.

The Warriors closed the week at 4-8, all in Three Rivers Conference play.

St. Charles 10, Cal/SG 7

The Warriors took a quick lead when the game's first batter Claire Buttell singled and then scored when second batter Grace Privet doubled.

The Warriors out-hit the Saints 13 to 10, but the home team had three home runs and put together one big eight-run inning with a pair of three-run homers.

It would be 9-1 before the Warriors scored again with two runs in the fifth inning. 

It was 10-3 when the game became suddenly competitive with a five-hit, four-run Cal/SG rally after two outs in the sixth. 

"I was really proud of how the girls fought to get back into the game after being down 9-1 early," said Cal/SG coach Michelle Anderson. "St. Charles had one huge inning on offense, and we were able to get back into the game and even had runners on base towards the end of game with an opportunity to tie it up.”

The Warriors received two hits each from Privet, Buttell, Kaydi Breeser (2 for 2), Anna Mauss and Ashly Ideker.

Winning pitcher sophomore Jade Krenik struck out nine and walked only three. The Saints improved to 9-2.

St. Charles 10, Cal/SG 7

C/SG  100 024  0 - 7  13  1 

StC     008 110  x-10  10 2    

Left on base: CSG 10, StC 7 

LP - Privet 6 IP, 10H, 10R, 4ER, 6K, 8W


Cal/SG 6, Southland 2

Buttell drove in four runs while going 2 for 3 with a triple and a double. Privet batted 3 for 3 with a double while Mauss was 2 for 3 with a triple.

The Rebels (0-9) took the quick lead with two unearned runs in the first inning, But Buttell tossed a shutout during the final six innings, striking out eight and walking five.

The Warriors went ahead 3-2 with a bases-loaded triple from Buttell in the second inning.

Cal/SG added another three runs with back-to-back doubles from Buttell and Privet after two outs in the fourth. 

The Warriors out-hit Southland 8 to 5 with a 4-to-1 advantage in extra-base hits.

"We got some very timely hitting from Claire Buttell, Grace Privet, and Anna Mauss to push across the runs needed to win this game," said Anderson. "We have been doing a good job defensively recently against our opponents but will need to keep working on all aspects of the game whenever we are able to have a good outside practice."

Cal/SG 6, Southland 2

SHS  200 000  0 - 2  5  2 

CSG  030 300  x - 6  8 2  

Left on base: CSG 6, SHS 10 

WP-Buttell 7 IP, 5H, 2R, 0 ER, 8K, 5W


Chatfield 17, Cal/SG 2

Katie Tornstrom gave the Warriors a first-inning 2-0 lead with a two-run home run, but the Gophers (7-2) replied quickly with five runs in the bottom of the first before turning it into a rout with 10 runs in the second inning.

Winning pitcher Carlie Berge gave up only three hits in four innings The game ended after four innings with the run rule. 

Chatfield 17, Cal/SG 2

CSG    200 0 - 2 

CHS  5(10)0 2 -17


This week and next

On Monday of this week, the Warriors hosted Mabel-Canton before a Tuesday road trip for the rematch at Lewiston-Altura.

On Friday, May 10, the girls host Rushford-Peterson at Brownsville.

The regular season ends with three games next week, starting with the rematch at La Crescent-Hokah on Tuesday, May 14. 


Caledonia/Spring Grove softball 2019 

4 wins, 8 losses (4-8 TRC)

L vs.  Lewiston-Altura 4-18

L vs. Cotter/Hope Lutheran 1-11

L vs. La Crescent-Hokah 0-3

W vs. Housto11-1

W vs. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 6-5 (8 inn.)

L vs. Cotter/Hope Lutheran 3-7

W vs. Dover-Eyota 7-6

L vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville 0-4

L Vs. Wabasha-Kellogg 3-7

L vs. St. Charles 7-10

W vs. Southland 6-2

L vs. Chatfield 2-17

5/06 vs. Mabel-Canton

5/07 at Lewiston-Altura

4/10 Rushford-Peterson

5/14 at La Crescent-Hookah

5/16 Fillmore Central/Lanesboro

5/17 at Rushford-Peterson