Lion baseball loves and endures the results of the racing rules
The Spring Grove boys were held up by two days of cold weather, but once on the diamond they experienced two extremes of opponents and results – a 10-point rule, at home 11-1 win the Schaeffer Academy without a win a day before a racing rule 17-0 defeat to undefeated Randolph, ranked by the state.
It was the Rockets’ fifth shutout in eight games and the fifth time they have scored 17 or more points. Randolph won seven games with huge double-digit margins, edging opponents 120-8. The Rockets improved to 8-0 (5-0 SEC). while Schaeffer collapsed to 0-4 and ended the week at 0-5 (0-4 SEC).
Spring Grove closed the week halfway between winless and undefeated with a 3-3 (3-2 SEC) record. Two of the three losses came against state-ranked clubs No.9 Randolph and No.10 Wabasha-Kellogg. The other loss came against Lyle / Pacelli, still undefeated.
The April 22 game with Schaeffer was a make-up from the start of the week, a day before the long Friday bus ride to Randolph. The other early week postponement against Mabel-Canton was scheduled for an April 26 makeup date.
The Lion B team (2-3) lost a 9-3 decision to Randolph. The junior high school Lions are 2-4 after splitting doubles with Mabel-Canton and GMLOK and being swept away in a twin bill against Houston.
SG 11, Schaeffer Academy 1 (6 rounds)
Spring Grove led a 3-1 competition before saluting the decision with executives of four consecutive points. With two strikeouts at the bottom of the sixth inning, a 2-run double produced by Logan Brumm ended the game with the 10-point rule.
“We finally got to see the bats come to life a little bit tonight,” said coach Chris Strinmoen. “I was happy to see Zach Brumm making his first college start, pushing us forward with a single RBI in the second run. It became contagious after that, as Nathan Solberg delivered a triple to open the next set, and a bunch of runs would follow. Gora threw well for Schaeffer (9 strikeouts, 2 goals) but didn’t get much help from his defense.
“Isaac Griffin was great again. Hard to believe he could follow his last performance (14 strikeouts) with 15 strikeouts this time around. He beat the area and knocked out the free passes.
Seven different Spring Grove hitters contributed to an 11-hitting offense. Solberg went 2 for 3 and Caleb Griffin 2 for 4. Logan Brumm (3 RBI) and Zach Brumm (RBI) both scored 2 for 3, and both girded a brace in the sixth inning final.
Nolan Gora provided the bulk of Schaeffer’s offense with half of the team’s hits and the two extra-base hits, a triple and a double, while hitting 2 for 3. Schaeffer’s only run n was not deserved, helped by Spring Grove’s only mistake.
The hometown Lions were never left behind, but the visiting Rochester Lions tied 1-1 early in the third inning. The Grove guys responded immediately with two runs down the sleeve, with 3 starting baggers from Solberg, a single from Caleb Griffin and a sacrificed fly from Jaxon Strinmoen, helped by a Schaeffer error.
That 3-1 lead held until a three-shot, four-point blast made it 7-1 in the fifth. One inning later, the final four-point salvo ended the game one inning earlier.
“Good victory and good night’s time at last,” added coach Strinmoen.
Spring Grove is 8-6 all-time against Schaeffer Academy and has parted ways with those other SEC Lions for the past three seasons. The 2021 rematch will be held in Rochester on May 14.
SG 11, Schaeffer 1
- 001,000 x = 1 4 4
SG 012 044 x = 11 11 1
Left on the base: SG 4, SA 4
Stolen bases: SG 9, SA 3
SG shots (triple, 2 doubles, 8 singles): Nathan Solberg 2-3, triple, RBI, 2 points, steal; Logan brumm 2-3, doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 runs, 3 interceptions; Zach Brumm 2-3, overtake, RBI, run, fly; Caleb griffin 2-4, 2 strokes, fly; Jonah udstuen 1-3; Isaac griffin 1-4, run, fly; Brandon jahnke 1-4, RBI; Jaxon Strinmoen RBI, 2 races, fly; Ty cleven RBI; Matthew doering run, fly
SA success (triple, double, 2 singles): Nolan Gora 2-3, triple, double, run, fly
LAUNCH – SG: WP – Isaac Griffin 2-0
Isaac Griffin 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 15 K, 1 BB
PITCHING – SA: LP – Nolan Gora
Nolan Gora 5.0 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 9K, 2 BB
Cole Morgan 0.2 PI, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
Registers: SG 3-2 (3-1 SEC); SA 0-4 (0-3 SEC)
SG RANGE: p Isaac Griffin, c Logan Brumm, 1b Ty Cleven, 2b Jonah Udstuen, ss Nathan Solberg, 3b Brandon Jahnke and Matthew Doering, lf Jaxon Strinmoen, cf Caleb Griffin, rf Zach Brumm
SG 0, at Randolph 17 (5 rounds)
“We knew at the start of this game that turning the Rockets upside down was going to be a tough task,” said coach Strinmoen. “They’re one of the best teams in Class A. When you watch the shows you want to model, I tend to like the way they run their business on the baseball field.
“That being said, we just didn’t give ourselves a chance to compete with them tonight. Our pitchers gave way too many free passes, and then when there were chances to play and get out of innings, we didn’t. You can’t give a good team so many bases and free outs, or the score will quickly run out of control. And that’s what happened tonight.
“On the positive side, we were able to execute a selection game to perfection. I thought Ty Cleven was doing his best on the mound to fight and give us a chance when he came to help. And it was nice to see some hits from Jaxon Strinmoen, who started the season quite coldly on the plate. We will regroup and prepare for Mabel-Canton on Monday at home.
The lion’s misery came early, in the first inning, as Randolph took advantage of seven walks and one mistake to score five runs with a single hit. There would eventually be 14 steps but also a dozen basic Rocket hits. On eighth bat, Joel Gehrke belted two doubles while leading by five points and hitting 3 for 4.
Meanwhile, two Randolph pitchers combined to strike out 10 and walk only one while allowing Spring Grove just three hits. Strinmoen went 2 for 2 and Logan Brumm 1 for 2.
Twice the Lions advanced a runner to third base with just one out, but both Rocket pitchers survived with strikeouts that strangled the rally. In the second inning, Strinmoen made a single and reached third base after that one step towards Brandon Jahnke and wild ground. But Brandon Gerster eliminated the next two Lions.
In the fourth, back-to-back singles from Brumm and Strinmoen plus a wild pitch saw Brumm advance to third. But reliever Joel Gehrke saved the shutout with consecutive strikeouts.
SG 0, Randolph 17
SG 000 00 = 0 3 2
Ran 590 3x = 17 12 0
Left on the base: SG 4, Ran 9
Stolen bases: SG 0, Ran 7
SG success (3 singles): Jaxon Strinmoen 2-2; Logan Brumm 1-2
Ran hits: (2 doubles, 10 singles) Gehrke 3-4, 2 doubles, 5 RBI, racing
LAUNCH – SG – LP Jaxon Strinmoen (1-1)
Jaxon Strinmoen 0.2 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 0 K
Ty Cleven 3.0 IP, 11 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 7 BB, 1 K
Nathan Solberg 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
LAUNCH – WP Brandon Gerster
Brandon Gerster 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Joel Gehrke 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Registers: SG 3-3 (3-2 SEC); Ran 8-0 (5-0 SEC)
SG starting team: p Jaxon Strinmoen, c Logan Brumm, 1b Ty Cleven, 2b Jonah Udstuen, ss Nathan Solberg, 3b Brandon Jahnke, lf Caleb Griffin, cf Isaac Griffin, rf Zach Brumm, courtesy rider Caleb Ranzenberger
2021 conf. season
BASEBALL WL WL
Randolph 5 – 0 8 – 0
Lyle / Pacelli 4 – 0 4 – 0
Southland 3 – 0 4 – 1
AC / GE 4 – 2 4 – 3
Spring Grove 3 – 2 3 – 3
GMLOK * 2 – 3 3 – 3
Mabel-Canton 0 – 3 0 – 3
Schaeffer Academy 0 – 4 0 – 5
Houston 0 – 7 0 – 7
* reigning champion
Spring Grove Baseball 2021
3 wins, 3 losses (3-2 SEC)
W in Houston ………………………………………… 13-2
L to Wabasha-Kellogg …………………………… .. 3-12
W vs. Grand Meadow / -Ostrander / Kingsland 2-1
L at Lyle / Pacelli …………………………………… .. 1-11
W v Schaeffer Academy 11-1
L at Randolph ……………………………………… .. 0-17
Mon 04/26 Mabel-Canton
Fri 04/30 Southland
Mon 05/03 at Alden-Conger / Glenville-Emmons (Glenville)
Tu es. 04/05 Houston
Fri 05/07 at GMLOK (Spring Valley)
Sat 08/05 v Hayfield (at Rushford-Peterson) 10am
Sat 08/05 vs Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (at Rushford-Peterson) 2:00 p.m.
Mon 05/10 v Alden-Conger / Glenville-Emmons
Tu es. 05/11 Lyle / Pacelli
Fri 05/14 at Schaeffer Academy (Rochester)
Mon 05/17 at Mabel-Canton
Thursday. 05/20 Randolph
Tu es. 05/25 Fillmore Central / Lanesboro
Thursday. 05/27 at Southland (Adams)
Team B Lions
2 wins, 3 losses
W in Houston ………………………………………. 10-1
L to Wabasha-Kellogg ………………………… .. 4-10
W vs. Grand Meadow / -Ostrander / Kingsland 2-4
W at Lyle / Pacelli ……………………………………… 14-9
L at Randolph ……………………………………………. 3-9
Junior high school lions
2 wins, 4 losses
W v Mabel-Canton 11-3 (WP Ben Udstuen)
L vs. Mabel-Canton 3-7
L vs. Houston 1-12
L vs. Houston 5-12
L at GMLOK 4-5
W to GMLOK 9-7 (WP Lyric Wilson-Stadtler)