Bulldogs play tough, but bow out of sub-section softball tournament

Haley Colton gets the out at third base for the Knights in a sub-section game against Plainview-Elgin-Millville.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 3:45 AM
Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland softball players saw their season come to an end as they competed in sub-section play last week.

The GMLOK softball team began postseason play on Monday against the St. Charles Saints. A win moved the Bulldogs into the second round of tournament play where they met the number one seed California/Spring Grove Warriors. A loss there sent them to the loser's bracket where they met the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs.

GMLOK 6, St. Charles 3

In the opening round of tournament play the Bulldogs avenged a loss to the Saints earlier in the season by eliminating them from postseason play with a three-run victory. 

The Bulldog offense was led by the trio of Haley Colton, Kailynn Hamersma and Jamie Stevens, who each went two for four from the plate. Hamersma and Colton drove in two runs each in the game, with Colton scoring a pair of runs as well. Hamersma and Stevens each scored a run, too.

GMLOK also got a hit apiece from Alayna Meskill, Theresa Gehling and Hannah Corson. Gehling and Corson each scored a run in the game as well. The two runs batted in that didn't come from Hamersma or Colton were driven in by Gehling and Stevens, who each drove in one.

Meskill was the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs in the first round game. She earned the win for her team, pitching a complete game while allowing five hits and striking out four Saint batters. 

GMLOK 0, Caledonia/Spring Grove 4

In the second round of the sub-section tournament the Bulldogs met the number one seed Warriors and were defeated despite an impressive pitching performance that held the potent Caledonia/Spring Grove lineup to four runs on three hits.

The GMLOK lineup was shut down completely in this game, as they were unable to record a hit all game. They did have several base runners that reached via base on balls, however. Two of those runners, Colton and Kellyn Webster, each recorded a stolen base in the game. Those two stolen bases were the only offensive statistics to speak of, though, as the Warrior pitching staff completely stifled the Bulldog lineup.

Jamie Stevens started the game in the circle for GMLOK and pitched all six innings. Though she was saddled with the loss, she pitched a great game against the 10th ranked team in the state. In her six innings of work she struck out 11 batters and allowed only three hits.

The loss to the Warriors put the Bulldogs in the loser's bracket of the tournament where they faced the P-E-M Bulldogs. In the match-up of the two Bulldog teams, P-E-M prevailed, winning 9-7 to end GMLOK's season. Statistics for this game were unavailable.

Contact: John Fenske
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