Spring Grove Senior Legion suffers first loss; Little League record is 3-0

Caleb Griffin is safe at home plate during Little League home win against New Albin. Photo by S. Lee Epps
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S. Lee Epps

There were more games rained out than were played last week. The Legion guys (19-under) sustained their first loss, but the Little League lads (13-under) avenged a previous setback against perennial league powerhouse New Albin.


>>Plainview 13, SG 12

Down by one run with no outs and the bases loaded, Spring Grove (3-1) did not score as the game ended with a double play (at home plate and first base) and a strikeout. It was a bizarre ending to an unlikely final half inning in which the Lions rallied with five runs to get back within one run with no outs. A walk-off win appeared imminent until the final two plays.

The ending was just the last of several momentum swings. SG, with a four-run second inning, led 5-0 only to see Plainview score five runs in the next half inning.

Then in the next frame - after the defense faltered with three errors, two walks and a hit batter - Plainview tacked on another five runs (all unearned) as the early five-run Lion lead became a five-run deficit (10-5).

The Lions added two runs, but the Pirates answered with three to lead 13-7 going into the bottom of the final seventh inning.

The late five-run Lion rally included three consecutive walks and a hit batter but also featured three hits from Isaac Griffin, Carter Bratland and Chandler Bergrud - all with no outs. But it was not to be, and SG (3-1) lost for the first time.

It was a frustrating evening as both teams committed four errors and five pitchers combined to issues 22 free passes (16 walks, 6 hit batters).

Plainview had 12 base hits and SG 10 with only three going for extra bases. Bratland had a 3-RBI double while going 2 for 5 with 5 RBIs.

Toby Leahy batted 3 for 3 while Bergrud went 2 for 4. Griffin, Payton Leahy and Alex Folz each contributed a single. Most unusual was Folz being hit by a pitch three times in one game (by two different pitchers).

Joe Irish was the winning pitcher and also batted 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

The Pirates improved to 3-2 overall with a 2-0 league mark.

Pv  005  500  3 -13  12 4

SG 140  002  5 -12 10  4

LOB: Pv 10, SG 10

WP-Irish, LP-Bratland

Bratland 3.1 IP, 8H,10R,4ER,5K,3W, 3HB

Nerstad 3 IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 0K, 3W

Folz 0.2 IP, 0H, 0K, 1W



The June Little League game with New Albin was rained out but was made up on June 22 with the Lions posting their first win over the Iowans in three years. The June 19 evening double header with West Salem was played as scheduled. SG closed the week at 9-2 (3-0 Little League)


>>West Salem 9, SG 2

For the Lions, Logan Brumm batted 2 for 3 with two doubles. One defensive highlight came with Caleb Griffin throwing out a runner attempting to steal second base. There was also an outstanding stop and throw by shortstop Nathan Solberg.

>>West Salem 15, SG 3

Elijah Solum sent 2 for 2 with a double and also drew a base on balls.


>>SG 11, New Albin 4

The Lions improved to 3-0 in Little League action with the come-from-behind home win while also avenging a previous tournament loss to New Albin.

Both teams had seven hits, but SG had a 5-to-1 advantage in extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs.

New Albin was rolling along with a 4-1 lead after scoring in each of the first three innings of the five-inning game. 

But a hit batter, a walk and a home run by Brumm suddenly tied the score with one out. Three additional walks, a 2-RBI single from Isaac Nerstad and an error made it 7-4.

The visitors would not score again, but the Lions added four more in the next inning with a home run by Solum and back-to-back RBI-doubles by Jacob Olerud (2-for 2, walk) and Nerstad (2 for 3). The other SG hit was a double by Solberg.

New Albin threatened with successive singles in the top of the final fifth inning. But the game ended with a double play as Brumm stepped on third for a force out and then threw to first.

Jaxon Strinmoen picked up the pitching win

NA  211 00 - 4  7  1

SG  016  4x-11 7  0

LOB: NA 6, SG 6


>>SG 4, New Albin 3

In the non-league second game, Ty Cleven batted 2 for 2 with double while Caleb Griffin went 2 for 3. Solberg and Solum each had an RBI-single.

SG broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. NA had the tying run on third base with only one out, but the game ended with a ground ball back to the pitcher and fly ball to Olerud in right field.

Brumm went all five innings on the mound, allowing only four hits in five innings. 

NA  100  11 - 3 4   3

SG  101  2x - 4 6  0

LOB: NA 5, SG 4



Two of three games were rained out, but the 11-under boys (3-5) did play in Trempealeau on June 19.

>>Trempealeau 10, SG 5

The Lions led early 2-0 before two big innings by the home team. The big blows for Spring Grove were back-to-back doubles by Gabe Klug and Caleb Ranzenberger as the Lions tied the score at 4-4.

SG  202  10 - 5

Trp  045  2x -11