Tournament begins for softball team

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The Chatfield softball team lost its last regular season game of 2018 to Caledonia/Spring Grove 6-3, but had a chance for redemption with a “loser-out” sub-section game this past Monday, which was played after this edition went to press. 

Chatfield got the No. 1 seed in the 1AA-East sub-section and were scheduled to play Caledonia/Spring Grove (6-10), the No. 8 seed, this past Monday.  Loser of that game would be out of the tournament, while the winner would move into the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

In that season finale loss to the Warriors, Chatfield came up with 10 hits, but couldn’t put a string of hits together to score more than three runs.  Lexy Chase, Carlie Berge and Peyton Berg led the offense with two hits apiece.  Coming up with solo hits were Britney Fretland, Abby Nosbisch, Kim Greiner and Teagan Allen.  Chase scored all three of Chatfield’s runs.  Coming up with the runs-batted-in were Allen (single in the second inning) and Fretland (fielder’s choice in the fifth inning). Chatfield left nine base runners on in the game.

Berge pitched the first four innings, allowing eight hits, six runs (four earned) and one walk, while striking out three.  She was relieved by Chase in the fifth inning.  Chase didn’t allow any hits, runs or walks, while striking out seven in her three innings of work.

C/SG 1-0-2-1-2-0-0 = 6-8-1, LOB 4

Chat 0-1-1-0-1-0-0 = 3-10-2, LOB 9

On Monday, May 14, the gals got a doubleheader win over Southland (13-0, 18-0) and on Tuesday, May 15, they shutout Rushford-Peterson, 17-0.  In the win over the Trojans, Chase pitched a perfect game, her second such achievement of the season.

Game 1, Southland

Chatfield pounded out 15 hits in the first win over the Lady Rebels, three each for Belle Berg and Chase, two each for Berge, Nosbisch and Greiner and one each for Shelby Isensee, Peyton Berg and McKenna Daniels.  Bella Berg had a great offensive game with a home run while scoring two runs and knocking in five runs.  Fretland had two RBIs and solo RBIs for Chase, Berge, Isensee, Nosbisch, Greiner and Daniels.  Also scoring runs were Chase (two), Isensee, Fretland, Peyton Berg, Greiner (two), Daniels, Katie Ihrke and Kielan LaPlante (two). 

Berge pitched the five-inning shutout, allowing just three hits, no runs, no walks and four strikeouts.

Southland 0-0-0-0-0 = 0-3-1, LOB 3

Chatfield 3-3-2-5-x = 13-15-0, LOB 5

Game 2, Southland

The hitting barrage continued into the second game as the Lady Gophers collected 18 more, including four each for the Berg sisters.  Three hits for Fretland, two each for Berge and Allen and solo hits for Chase, Isensee and Alanna Goetzinger.  The team had 14 runs-batted-in; six for Bella Berg, three each for Goetzinger and Allen and two for Daniels.  Runs were scored by Bella Berg (three), Isensee, Fretland (three), Peyton Berg (four), Daniels (three), Goetzinger (two) and Allen (two).  Chatfield scored 13 of their 19 runs in the top of the seventh inning, which is why there wasn’t a 10-run rule in effect. 

Chase was in the circle, going seven innings and allowing three hits, no runs, no walks and 19 strikeouts.

Chatfield 0-4-2-0-0-0-13 = 19-18-0, LOB 7

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

Chase has perfect game vs R-P

The 15-run rule, after four innings, was in effect for the game with the Trojans and Lexi Chase faced the minimum number of batters, 12.  Nine of the outs were recorded as strikeouts for Chase, the other three outs were ground-outs to the third baseman, shortstop and second baseman.  And since it was a perfect game, there were no walks, no hits and no errors for the defense.

Chatfield came up with 12 hits in the four-inning contest, three for Berge, two for Chase, and one each for Bella Berg, Berge, Isensee, Fretland, Greiner, Daniels and Allen.  Scoring the runs were Bella Berg, Chase (two), Berge (three), Isensee, Fretland (two), Peyton Berg (two), Greiner, Daniels, Allen (two), Ihrke, and LaPlante.   Coming up with runs-batted-in: Bella Berg, Chase (two), Berge, Fretland (three), Peyton Berg (three), Greiner (three) and Daniels.  Chatfield had 31 plate appearances in their three innings of offense.

R-P 0-0-0-0 = 0-0-2, LOB 0

Chat 4-13-0-x = 17-12-0, LOB 5

If the Gophers were successful in beating Cal/SG on Monday, they would play the winner of La Crescent (No. 4, 10-6)/Plainview-Elgin-Millville (No. 5, 9-11) on Tuesday.  After Tuesday the tournament moves to St. Charles on May 24.  After Thursday, the tournament continues at Todd Park, Austin, on May 29 and May 31.  The West Sub-section is playing at the higher seed before moving to Pine Island and Todd Park.

The entire bracket can be found on the Minnesota State High School League website.