Gophers win three of four games in baseball
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:33 PM
This past week was a busy and mostly successful one for the Gophers baseball team.
SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Chatfield’s Andrew Hare slides into second base before the St. Charles fielder can make the tag.
The team picked up wins over Wabasha-Kellogg by a 6-4 score and Dover-Eyota, 12-8 and 11-4 in a doubleheader, but lost to West division leader St. Charles 10-0. The team is now 4-2, both in the Three Rivers Conference and overall.
Tuesday of this week the team will host GMLOK (1-4, 1-4) and Friday the Gophers have a division cross-over game with Caledonia (2-0, 3-1).
In the win over W-K, Jacob Gillespie started the game on the mound and went the first two innings. He was relieved in the third inning by Robert Crouch. Gillespie gave up seven hits in his two innings of work, along with three runs, all earned. He had no walks and no strikeouts. Chatfield was leading 5-2 when Gillespie left the game. Crouch finished the last five innings of the game, allowing only one hit. He gave up one unearned run, struck out eight and walked none.
Chatfield got things started off with three runs in the first inning and two more in the second inning. That turned out to be enough to win the game, but added an additional insurance run in the fourth inning. Offensively Ben Ihrke was three-for-three with three runs scored in the game. Spencer Mandt had just one hit in the game, but knocked in three runs and also scored one run. Crouch had a hit and an RBI as did Austin Hines. Also getting hits were Jake Mandt, Bennett Gathje, Lincoln Salisbury, Andrew Hare and Nick Maki. Also scoring runs were Jake Mandt and Gathje.
Chatfield had 11 hits in the game and left 10 runners on base. The Falcons had two errors in the game, which gave Chatfield two unearned runs.
Chatfield 3-2-0-1-0-0-0 = 6-11-1, LOB 10
Wabasha-K 1-0-2-0-1-0-0 = 4-8-3, LOB 5
The Chatfield bats went silent in the loss to the Saints. The hits were recorded by Jake Mandt, Hare and Crouch, but no runs crossed the plate. Chatfield didn’t reach base with any walks either. Chatfield only left two runners on base.
Bennett Gathje suffered the loss on the mound. He went three innings, allowing four hits, four runs (one earned), walked three and had no strikeouts. Nick Maki (2 innings pitched, 2 hits, 3 runs, 2earned, 1 strikeout, 4 walks) had two innings of relief. Cole Sprau (0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB) and Sawyer Haagenson (3 H,3 R,0 ER,1 K) each had one inning of relief.
StC 1-0-3-1-2-0-3 = 10-9-1, LOB 10
Ch 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-3-6, LOB 2
The Gophers trailed by one run, 7-6, going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but then exploded for six runs to take a 12-7 lead. Chatfield sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth inning. Nick Maki got the inning started with an infield base hit. He got another RBI single later in the same inning. Also contributing to the offense in the bottom of the sixth inning were Austin Hines (single, run), Terron Ostby (sacrifice bunt), Jake Mandt (RBI single, run), Gathje (RBI, single, run), Ihrke (RBI, double, run), Crouch (RBI single), Travis Blohm (run), and Salisbury (walk).
Chatfield had 12 hits in the first game of the doubleheader: Jake Mandt (2), Gathje (2), Ihrke (2), Crouch (2), Maki (2), Hines and Ostby. Also coming up with the RBI were Jake Mandt, Gathje (2), Ihrke (2), Spencer Mandt , Crouch (2) and Maki (2).
Doing the pitching were Crouch (2.1 IP, 2 H,5 R,4 ER,3 K,3 BB), Ihrke (2.2 IP, 3 H,2 R,2 ER,4 K,3 BB) and Gillespie (2 IP, 3 H,1 R,0 ER,2 K,0 BB). Gillespie was the winning pitcher.
D-E 0-1-4-2-0-0-1 = 8-8-6, LOB 7
Chat 1-1-2-2-0-6-x = 12-12-1, LOB 5
The second game of the doubleheader only went six innings, called after six because of darkness. D-E went ahead in the second inning with two runs, but Chatfield countered that and tied the score 2-2 in the top of the third inning. Dover-Eyota was the home team in the second game. The Gophers got six more in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth, cruising to the 11-4 win.
Spencer Mandt started the game and went the first five innings. He allowed five hits, four runs, two earned, struck out five and walked just one. He got the win. Jake Mandt came in for the last inning and struck out the side.
Chatfield had 12 hits in the game, three for Jake Mandt, two each for Ihrke, Maki and Ostby, and one each for Gathje, Josh Bernard, and Hines. Ihrke led the team with four runs batted in. Getting one RBI each were Jake Mandt, Gathje, Spencer Mandt, Bernard and Ostby. Scoring the runs were Jake Mandt (2), Gathje, Ihrke (2), Spencer Mandt, Maki (2), Hines and Ostby (2).