Baseball team squeaks out win in only game last week

Bill Bentson

“Not pretty, but a win,” said Chatfield baseball coach Brian Baum. “Zero walks for our pitchers was nice to see.”

Those were the comments from Baum about the team’s only game this past week, a 3-2 win over Wabasha-Kellogg. And with only one game last week, it will mean the rest of the season is going to busy – really busy some weeks.

And really busy comes this week, and next, as the team has four games lined up this week: Monday at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Tuesday at home against Cotter, Thursday at Rushford-Peterson and Friday at home against Lewiston-Altura. The team also has games on Monday, April 29 at home against St. Charles and Tuesday, April 30 at La Crescent-Hokah, along with two more games at the end of week into the month of May. That is eight games in two weeks, which also puts a lot of pressure on the pitching staff.

In the win over W-K, Chatfield scored one run in the first inning and two runs in the third inning, then held-on for the win as the Falcons scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Chatfield was out-hit 6-2 in the contest and committed four errors, but still won the game, a reflection of why the coach commented “not pretty.”

Seth Allen scored Chatfield’s first run. He reached base when he was hit-by-a-pitch, stole second, advanced to third on Lincoln Salisbury’s single and then scored on a wild-pitch.

Chatfield manufactured two more runs in the third inning. Allen reached first on an error, then advanced to second on another W-K miscue. Allen then went to third when he tagged-up on Salisbury’s fly to center field. Allen scored his second run of the game on a Falcon balk. Then Max Aug got into the “manufacturing magic” with a single, stolen base, passed ball and score on Henry (aka Harry) Gathje’s ground-out.

Aug also did his thing on the mound, pitching six innings for the win. Aug gave up six hits, two unearned runs and struck out eight. No walks were issued.

Austin Storm finished the last inning with scoreless relief work. He struck out one, and like the coach said, “walked none.”

Both teams left six runners on the bases. None of W-K’s runners left-on-base got past second base.

W-K 0-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 2-6-2, LOB 6

Chat 1-0-2-0-0-0-x = 3-2-4, LOB 6