Young softball squad falls in first two games

By : 
Lee Epps

The Caledonia/Spring Grove girls opened the softball season with a pair of league losses, falling to Lewiston-Altura 18-4 on April 4 and then the next day dropping a an 11-1 decision to East Division favorite Cotter.

The Warriors fell behind early both days with a 5-0 second-inning deficit against the Cardinals and a first-inning 4-0 deficit versus the Ramblers. Both games ended after five innings with the run-rule.

This week and next

Due to impending weather issues, the April 12 home game versus La Crescent-Hokah was moved up to Monday of this week. At press time, the Thursday, April 11 home game at Brownsville versus Rushford-Peterson was still on the schedule.

Saturday, April 13 is the annual four-team tournament at Onalaska Luther with first pitch at 11 a.m.

The girls head to Houston for a non-conference game on Monday, April 15. It is back to Three Rivers play the next day at Preston versus Fillmore Central/Lanesboro.

L-A 18, C/SG 4

The Warriors were only out-hit 8 to 6, but C/SG committed nine errors to only one for the Cardinals.

For C/SG, Kaydi Breeser batted 2 for 2 and Ashley Ideker (RBI) went 2 for 3.

Lewiston-Altura 18, C/SG 4

>>>L-A   050 58 -18  8  1

>>>CSG 010  03 - 4   6  9

WP-Funk, LP-Privet

Privet 5 IP, 8H, 18R, 4K, 6W

Funk 5 IP, 6H, 4R, 6K, 3W


Cotter 11, C/SG 1

Claire Buttell batted 2 for 3, and Ideker had an RBI double for C/SG. But senior ace pitcher Isabelle Northrup struck out a dozen Warrior batters and walked none in five innings.

In the circle for the Warriors, Buttell struck out four and walked four.

Ellie Macal belted a home run and drove in four runs for the Ramblers. Cotter out-hit C/SG 7 to 4 and committed only one error, compared to five miscues by the Warriors.

Cotter 11, C/SG 1

>>>WC   404 30 -11  7  1

>>>CSG 100  00 - 1   4  5

WP-Northrup, LP- Buttell

Buttell 5 IP, 7H, 11R, 4K, 4W

Northrup 5 IP,4H, 1R, 1 ER,13K, 0W



The Warriors are rebuilding with only five letter winners after graduating eight senior letter winners from last spring's 6-11 team that finished fourth in the Three Rivers East Division (6-8 TRC). 

Michelle Anderson is back for a 29th season after missing last spring on medical leave. The veteran mentor says the team features "talented, passionate young players ready to compete."

The girls are getting a bit of a late start with the weather and the Caledonia girls basketball team advancing to the state championship game.

"Once again, our pitchers are young," said Anderson, "but have great attitude and work effort. We may take a while to find the right fit with positions and batting order but will continue to work until we find what works on a regular basis."