Sub-section starts today as Gophers end baseball season with three wins in four games

LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Sam Stevens stretches for the ball to get a Plainview-Elgin-Millville runner out at first base.

LYNN SALISBURY/CHATFIELD NEWS Hunter Johnston delivers a pitch for the Gophers.
Bill Bentson

In the final week of the regular season, Chatfield got two wins over Southland, 5-3 and 10-9, and a win over Wabasha-Kellogg, 9-3. The Gophers lost to Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 8-6, to end the regular season with a 9-9 record. The team was 7-8 in Three Rivers Conference play and 2-3 against teams in the East division.

Max Aug got the win in the first game of the double-header against the Rebels. Aug pitched 5-2/3 innings, allowing just three hits, three earned runs and three walks while striking out five. Aug got help from Austin Storm (1-1/3 innings pitched), who got a save in the game. Storm gave up one hit and struck out two Southland batters.

Chatfield scored two runs in the first inning, two in the third and one more in the fifth. Southland got all of its runs in the sixth inning.

Zach Roline led the team with three hits, with two hits for Aug and one each for Storm and Paul Griffin. Roline also had three runs-batted-in, a two-run double in the first inning and another on a single in the third. Henry Gathje had a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score a run and Storm had an RBI single in the fifth inning to knock in another run. The runs were scored by Seth Allen (walked and scored on Roline’s double), Lincoln Salisbury (walked and scored on Roline’s single) and Aug scored in the first (singled and scored on Roline’s double), third (walked and scored on Gathje’s sacrifice fly) and fifth (singled and scored on Storm’s single) innings.

Southland 0-0-0-0-0-3-0 = 3-4-0, LOB 7

Chatfield 2-0-2-0-1-0-x = 5-7-0, LOB 6

The Gophers fell behind 7-1 after three innings, but rallied in the fifth (three runs) and seventh (six runs) innings to pick up the one-run win.

Hunter Johnston got the win on one inning of relief work. He didn’t give up any hits or runs, walked one and struck out one. He was the third of four pitchers to work in the game for Chatfield. Allen started the game, working three innings. He gave up 10 hits, seven earned runs, struck out two and walked one. Gathje worked two innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs and struck out one. Storm worked after Johnston for one inning. He was credited with no hits, no runs, no walks and no strikeouts. He had an “oh-oh, no-no, better than so-so” outing!

Roline was the hero in the batters-box. He had a ground-out RBI in the first inning, a ground-out RBI in the fifth inning and a base-clearing double in the six-run seventh inning, for a total of five runs-batted-in for the game. Also at the plate, Gathje and Storm each had two hits and one RBI, Allen had a hit and walked twice, Aug had a hit and an RBI and Johnston had a hit and an RBI. Tate Karver also had an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Chatfield’s defense did a very nice job in keeping Southland from scoring more runs. The Rebels left seven runners on bases in their 16-hit barrage.

Chatfield 1-0-0-0-3-0-6 = 10-8-1, LOB 7

Southland 2-0-5-0-2-0-0 = 9-16-0, LOB 11

Chatfield solidified its win over Wabasha-Kellogg with three runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth. The Gophers had eight runs in the game, two each for Roline and Gathje and one each for Salisbury, Aug, Storm and Karver. Runs-batted-in were credited to Salisbury, Aug, Roline (2) and Gathje.

Storm pitched the full seven innings and got the win. He gave up five hits and three runs, one earned, walked two and struck out two.

Seven different Chatfield players scored runs: Allen, Salisbury, Aug (2), Gathje, Tedon Zimmerman, Storm and Karver (2).

Eight Gopher batters received walks in the game and 10 Gopher batters struck out.

Chat 0-3-1-4-1-0-0 = 9-8-1, LOB 9

W-K 0-1-0-0-0-2-0 = 3-5-2, LOB 3

Chatfield out-hit PEM, 9-8, but gave up three unearned runs in the loss to the Bulldogs.

In the hit department, Griffin led the way with three, his best output of the season. Salisbury moved down a few spots in the batting lineup and responded with two hits. Coming up with solo hits were Aug, Gathje, Storm and Sam Stevens.

Chatfield didn’t score any runs in the first four innings of the game and gave up four runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth.

Doing the pitching for Chatfield were Roline (4 IP, 4h, 5r, 2er, 3k, 1w) and Johnston (2 IP, 4h, 3r, 3er, 1k, 2w). Roline took the loss in the game.

Chat 0-0-0-0-2-1-3 = 6-9-3, LOB 5

PEM 0-1-0-4-3-0-x = 8-8-3, LOB 6

Chatfield got the number five seed in the upcoming sub-section tournament and will travel to Lewiston-Altura (No. 4, 10-8) on Wednesday, May 22. If the Gophers win on Wednesday, they will travel to Plainview to play the winner of Caledonia (No. 1, 15-3)/Cotter (No. 8, 0-16-1) on Friday, May 25.