Softball team ends season with winning record


CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK infielder Sydney Eickhoff scoops up a Randolph ground ball.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Seniors on the GMLOK softball team were honored during the team’s last regular season game. From the left are Sydney Eickhoff, Kylie Fenton-Musel, Liz Jacobsen and Masie Voigt. In the back are coaches John Fenske and Laurie Hendrickson.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Rylee Groom takes the throw for GMLOK to put out a Randolph base-runner.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Lydia Voeltz is greeted by her GMLOK teammates as she crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the game against Randolph.
By: 
Chad Smith

The GMLOK softball team dropped a couple of conference matchups last week to end the regular season.

The Bulldogs dropped a home game against Mabel-Canton 7-2 last Tuesday, May 14. The Bulldogs then ended the regular season on Thursday by dropping an 8-3 decision against Randolph.

GMLOK softball ended the regular season at 11-7 overall (8-4 Southeast Conference) and get the playoffs going this week on Monday, May 20.

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You can’t give teams extra outs and the GMLOK girls found that out the hard way during a 7-2 loss at home to Mabel-Canton on Tuesday. Four errors in the field led to six unearned runs in the loss. Both starting pitchers threw complete games and pitched well enough to deserve a win.

GMLOK actually jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a run in the second and third innings. The Cougars pushed four runs across the plate in the top of the fourth inning and added three more in the top of the fifth. Both pitchers put zeroes up on the board the rest of the way. Mabel-Canton scored seven runs on six hits, while GMLOK had two runs on three hits while committing four errors.

Bulldog pitcher Lily Hughes threw all seven innings, giving up six hits and seven runs, one earned. The veteran hurler struck out 10 batters and walked one while throwing 124 pitches (83 for strikes). Cougar pitcher Emily Carolan was just as effective, throwing all seven innings and giving up just three hits and two runs, one earned. Carolan struck out four Bulldogs and walked one, all while throwing only 72 pitches (54 strikes).

GMLOK didn’t have many opportunities for the offense. Masie Voight (run), Liz Jacobson (RBI) and Rylee Groom all had singles for the Bulldogs. Zoe Scrabeck scored the other Bulldog run. Kylie Fenton-Musel was the only other baserunner, drawing a walk. While the GMLOK girls had four baserunners, only one was left on base over seven innings.

Kenidi McCabe led the Cougars with three of their six base hits, doubling and scoring twice. Lexi Thorson added a single, an RBI and scored twice.

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The GMLOK girls closed out the regular season with a home loss to Southeast Conference champ Randolph on Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs didn’t help themselves by committing four errors in a game for the second time last week. Those errors led to three unearned runs against Randolph.

GMLOK jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the second. Randolph tied it with a run in the top of the fourth. The Rockets broke the game open with five runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Bulldogs tried to rally with two runs in the bottom of the inning, cutting the Randolph lead to 6-3. The Rockets stretched out their lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Neither team would score after that.

Freshman Lydia Voeltz had the only multi-hit game for GMLOK, getting two hits in three at-bats. She had a solo home run and scored twice. Voight added a single and RBI. Sydney Eickhoff singled and scored once while Hughes added a single in three at-bats. The Bulldogs had trouble with Randolph pitcher Morgyn Otte, striking out a total of 12 times.

Hughes fired yet another complete game for GMLOK in the pitcher’s circle. She gave up eight hits and eight runs (five earned) in her final regular-season start, striking out four and walking one batter. Of her 108 pitches, 74 were strikes.

Otte also fired a complete game for her team, giving up five hits and just three earned runs. She struck out 12 batters, walked one and gave up the home run to Voeltz. She threw 97 pitches, an impressive 73 of which were strikes.

Three different players had two hits apiece to lead Randolph to the win.

Schedule

The Bulldogs are the number six seed in the Section 1AA softball tournament. They were already scheduled to open up the playoffs in Byron on Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. The first round is single-elimination, with everything after that a double-elimination format.