Softball team picks up two wins behind no-hitters from Berge, Chase

Bill Bentson

The Chatfield softball team started the week with a one-run loss to Cotter (1-0) and finished the week with a one-run win over Lewiston-Altura (1-0).  Sandwiched between those two one-runners was a 12-0 five-inning win over Rushford-Peterson.

The team is now 5-2 overall, 4-1 in the Three Rivers Conference and 2-1 against teams from the East division.

In the loss to Cotter, Chatfield gave up an unearned run in the second inning on a hit, error and hit, but couldn’t get the offense going to get the win.

Lexi Chase suffered the loss in the circle as she allowed three hits, one run (unearned) and no walks.  She struck out nine Rambler batters.

The Lady Gophers only got two hits off the Cotter ace, Isabell Northrop.  Chatfield batters struck out 13 times. Recording the Lady Gopher hits were Chase and Carlie Berge.  The only other Gopher batter to reach base was Katie Ihrke, who walked in the third inning.  Chatfield never had more than one base-runner in any inning.

Chatfield 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-2-3, LOB 2

Cotter  0-1-0-0-0-0-x = 1-3-0, LOB 2

In the five-inning win over the Lady Trojans, Chatfield hit the ball hard and often and scored early, and also, often.  The gals scored five runs in the first inning, five more in the third inning and two more in the bottom of the fourth.  The team came up with 15 hits in the game.

Chase and Belle Berg each went three for four in the game, two for four for Teagan Allen and two for three for McKenna Daniels.  Coming up with solo hits were Alanna Goetzinger, Kim Greiner, Abby Nosbisch, Peyton Berg and Katie Ihrke.

Five girls had two runs-batted-in each, Chase, Allen, Belle Berg, Peyton Berg and Ihrke and one RBI for Goetzinger and Daniels.  Eight different players scored runs: Chase (2), Allen (2), Belle Berg, Goetzinger (2), Daniels (2), Greiner, Nosbisch and Ihrke.  Goetzinger was the only player to walk.

Peyton Berg (double), Chase (double), Ihrke (double), Belle Berg (home run) and Daniels (home run) recorded extra-base hits.

Berge pitched the five-inning no-hit shutout.  She struck out 10 and walked one.

R-P 0-0-0-0-0 = 0-0-0, LOB 1

Chat 5-0-5-2-x = 12-15-0, LOB 6

In the win over Lewiston-Altura the Chatfield batters just couldn’t come up with any opportune hits, stranding 12 runners on the base paths.  Chatfield had 10 hits in the game and four walks, but could only come up with one run in the nine-inning game.

The lone run for the Lady Gophers came in the top of the ninth inning with one out, on consecutive hits by Chase (single), Allen (single) and Belle Berg (double). Chase scored the lone run and Belle Berg had the lone run-batted-in.

Chase led the team with four hits at her lead-off position in the batting order.  Allen, batting second, and Belle Berg, batting third, each had two hits in the game. Goetzinger and Greiner had the other Gopher hits.

Chase pitched the no-hitter, struck out 20 and walked two.

Chatfield 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 1-10-1, LOB 12

Lewiston-Altura 0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-0-1, LOB 2

Tuesday the team was scheduled to host La Crescent-Hokah, Thursday the Gophers travel to Fillmore Central/Lanesboro (Preston), and finish the week with a home game against Caledonia/Spring Grove.

Monday, May 6, the team travels to St. Charles and Tuesday, May 7, the Gophers are at Plainview-Elgin-Millville.  The regular season ends on May 16.