Softball season ends against state-ranked Gophers

S. Lee Epps

The softball season for No. 7 sub-section seed Caledonia/Spring Grove ended at state-ranked No. 9 and No. 2 sub-section seed Chatfield in the 1AA-East quarterfinals, 16-0. 

Lexi Chase hit a grand slam home run and pitched a four-inning, perfect game for the Gophers - no hits, no errors, no walks, no errors, no Warriors reaching base. The junior pitcher struck out nine of the 12 batters she faced.

It was a tough finish for Cal/SG (7-12) but much like their previous four-inning visit to the same diamond. The Gophers scored 16 runs on 13 hits in this playoff game after scoring 17 runs on 14 hits in the teams' first meeting this season, a 17-2 affair. 

Chase tossed a 3-hitter in that previous game; Chatfield did not commit an error in either contest.

The Gophers, improving to 16-4, led 6-0 before erupting for 10 runs to end the game with the 15-run rule with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

The final swing was a two-run home run by freshman Peyton Berg, who batted 3 for 3 while driving in six runs with the round tripper and two doubles.

Chase had five runs batted in while batting 3 for 4 with the homer and a double.

It was the final game for four Warrior seniors - Anna Mauss, Gabby Hoscheit, Katie Tornstrom and Kiley Meyer.

"This group of seniors kept things lively, and we all enjoyed being around them," said coach Michelle Anderson.  "Most of these seniors have played for a number of years and have been dedicated to our team and that is much appreciated.

"This is a group of girls who were willing to do what their team needed at the time and again; that is much appreciated by the coaches and their teammates.  They will certainly be missed next season.

"I often felt like this team was often one inning, one crucial hit or one big defensive play away from winning a number of more ball games.  

"We did have five one-run games this year - winning four of them in pretty dramatic fashion. So this group is very capable, but probably a bit more experience and seasoning in all areas will be needed.

"Work through the summer and off season will make a big difference, and if this offseason work is done - our team will make a marked improvement into next season.

"We are in a very competitive conference and section, but with really great effort and equally as good attitudes and mental focus, we will be right there competing with the top teams in our area."

Chatfield 16, Cal/SG 0 

C/SG 000  0 - 0    0   4

Chat  150 (10)-16 13  0

Left on base: CSG 0, Chat 6

C/SG: no hits

Chat: 2 home runs, 4 doubles, 7 singles

WP-Chase, LP-Privet

Privet 3.1 IP, 13H, 16R, 10 ER, 3W, 0K

Chase 4 IP, 0H, 0R, 0W, 9K