Softball wins one, drops two, receives No. 7 seed

Third basemen Anna Mauss. Photo by S. Lee Epps
S. Lee Epps

Caledonia/Spring Grove, with the No. 7 seed, opened the Sub-section 1AA East Softball Tournament at No. 2 Chatfield as this edition of the Herald was going to press on Monday of this week. The loser was eliminated, while the winner moved on to a Tuesday game, embarking on the double elimination portion of the play-offs.

The Warriors had closed the regular season at 7-11 (5-11 TRC) with one win sandwiched between two losses last week.

In a May 14 battle for third place, La Crescent-Hokah secured that spot in the Three Rivers East Division with a second three-run win against Cal/SG, 7-4.

Then in a battle for fourth place, the Warriors squeezed past Fillmore Central/Lanesboro in extra innings for the second time. Having gone to eight innings to edge FC/L by one run (6-5) back in Mid-April, the Warriors and Falcons went to an extra inning again on May 16 with Caledonia/Spring Grove again coming away with a one-run decision, this time at home 3-2.

Then on May 17, last-place Rushford-Peterson earned a season split with a 5-1 road win at Cal/SG. 

La Crescent-Hokah 7, Cal/SG 4

La Crescent-Hokah broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the sixth inning. A walk, followed by two doubles and triple did the damage.

The Warriors had led 4-0 in the third inning but would not score again. The Lancers caught up in the fourth before winning it in the sixth.

Anna Mauss (2 RBIs) batted 2 for 3 and Lydia Lange (RBI) 2 for 4, each with a double. There were also doubles from Dana Augedahl and Kiley Meyer plus additional hits from Grace Privet and Ashly Ideker.

La Crescent-Hokah (12-3, 7-8 TRC) out-hit the Warriors 12 to 8, banging out a triple and six doubles, including a pair of two-baggers by Alexus Bartsch.

It was the Lancers' second three-run win versus Cal/SG this season, having won previously 3-0.

La Crescent-Hokah 7, Cal/SG 4 

C/SG 112  000 0 - 4   8   2

LCH   002 203  x - 7  12  0 

Left on base: CSG 5, LCH 6

C/SG: 4 doubles, 4 singles

LCH: triple, 6 dbls, 5 singles

WP-Pogodzinski, LP - Privet 

Privet6 IP, 12H, 7R, 7ER, 2W, 1K

Hoiness 3 IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 1W, 3K

Pogodzinski 4 IP, 2H, 0R, 0W, 6K


Cal/SG 3, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro 2

The Warriors, scoreless through the first six innings, won with a walk-off hit by Lydia Lange with two outs in the bottom of an extra eighth inning. An RBI-single by Amber Stemper had tied the score with one out.

It was the second two-out clutch hit by Lange, whose two-out double had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra frame. Six of the Warriors' eight hits came in the final two innings.

Fillmore Central/Lanesboro had led 1-0 for five innings and was one out from victory in the bottom of the seventh before Lange’s equalizer.

And then two walks and a single had put the Falcons back ahead by one run in the top of the eighth.

FC/L (5-14, 4-12 TRC) managed only four hits but had additional base runners with nine walks and an error. However, the Falcons left 13 runners on base, while Cal/SG stranded eight.

Gabby Hoscheit batted 2 for 3 while Lange went 2 for 5 with the double. Another double came from Katie Tornstrom along with singles from Kiley Meyer and Kaydi Breeser.

Tornstrom pitched into the eighth inning, but Privet earned the win while facing only four batters.

Cal/SG 3, FC/L 2 

FCL  001 000  01 - 2  4  1

CSG 000  000 12 - 3  8  3

Left on base: CSG 8, FCL 13

CSG: 2 doubles, 6 singles

FCL: 4 singles  

WP-Privet, LP-Jorgenson

Tornstrom 7 IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 9W, 8K

Privet 1 IP, 1H, 0R, 0W, 0K

Jorgenson 7.2 IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2W, 7K


Rushford-Peterson 5, Cal/SG 1

A two-out, inside-the-park home run by Tornstrom tied the score at 1-all in the bottom of the first inning, but that would be the only run of the game for the Warriors.

The Trojans quickly scored four runs in the next half-inning with a series of bunts, a walk, a single to center field and a two-out error.

 That 5-1 margin would hold for the final five and half scoreless innings. The Warriors turned two double plays and the Trojans came away with one twin killing.

Each team finished with four hits and left four runners on base. Other Warrior hits came from Hoscheit, Breeser and Mauss.

For R-P, Karrissa Eide (double) and Megan Oian each went  2 for 3 with an RBI.

R-P (5-14, 2-14 TRC) earned a season split one week after an 8-6 setback against the Warriors.

R-P 5, Cal/SG 1

RP    140 000  0 - 5  4  1

CSG 100  000 0 - 1  4  1    

Left on base: CSG 4, RP 4 

CSG: home run, 3 singles

RP: double, 3 singles

WP-Hoiness, LP-Privet

Privet 7 IP, 4H, 5R, 3ER, 5W, 6K 

Tornstrom 0 IP, 0H,0R,0W,0K

Hoiness 7 IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1W, 1K 


Three RiversEastSOFTBALL– 2019 – end of regular season                     

 Cotter/Hope Lutheran…16-0 TRC (18-2 season)                                                                                                                                       

Lewiston-Altura……………12-3 TRC (13-4 season)                             

La Crescent-Hokah…………7-8 TRC (12-3 season)                                                               

Caledonia/Sp.Grove……..5 -11 TRC (7-11 season)                   

Fillmore Cen/Lanesboro…4 -12 TRC (5-14 season)                       

Rushford-Peterson………….2 -14 TRC (5-14 season)