Wolverines clobbered by CAL in league play

GREEN MOUNTAIN – One night after facing Mariah Fritz and Class 3A No. 3 East Marshall, GMG softball coach Keith Krier saw an opportunity for his team to get back up to speed Wednesday.

Despite facing a pitcher with less velocity and a team with far fewer wins, the Wolverines never got on track en route to an 18-0 three-inning loss against CAL in Iowa Star Conference play.

The Cadets capitalized on six Wolverine errors and never allowed a GMG runner to reach base. GMG (1-10, 1-8) lost its seventh straight game, put just three balls in play and failed to reach base as Stephine Theiler struck out six in three innings of no-hit ball.

“I thought this team would be kind of on par with where we’re at and a good club that could hit the ball well,” Krier said. “Playing East Marshall last night and seeing the heat that they brought, we weren’t ready for this type of pitcher and we didn’t swing the bats as well as we have been.”

The Cadets tallied six of their seven first-inning runs with two outs and sent 11 batters to the plate. Benefiting from a hit batsman, a walk and an error, CAL (5-8, 3-4) scored its first two runs on passed balls and Dianna Porzio’s bloop single made it 3-0. Clarissa Gomez added an RBI double before another error and walk loaded the bases for Rachel Arnold, who cleared them with a three-run double to center.

GMG committed three errors in the inning, though Krier thought a couple came from a lack of hustle.

“It’s probably poor coaching on my part,” Krier said of the errors. “I wish they would have understood that it’s really how hard you try defensively. You have to want to get the ball and it looked like sometimes we just allowed the ball to drop and roll away.”

Haley Stahl fanned the first two batters to open the second, though a walk, error and another beaned batter opened the door for another run as Gomez laced an RBI single to push the gap to 8-0. GMG catcher Mikaella Koster chased down a foul ball for the final out.

“Sometimes (Stahl) gets into a nice groove and it looks like defensively we make some nice plays and don’t give the other team multiple outs they’re not entitled to,” Krier said. “When we give the other team four, five or six outs, the innings go on forever. We can hardly stop the bleeding.”

The Cadets’ -run surge in the third fittingly started with another GMG error before Jenna Johnson connected on an RBI single and Karter Miller clubbed a two-run single. Porzio’s bunt single stretched the score to 12-0 before Miller scored on a wild pitch and another run came through on a walk.

Sidney Turner tacked on an RBI single and Johnson capped the scoring with a three-run double.

Stahl took the loss allowing 18 runs (12 earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts in three innings.

The eighth-grader is one of eight underclassmen in GMG’s starting lineup, which is one reason to hope Wednesday’s experience will help later in the season.

“If there’s a silver lining, it would be that all the girls are getting an opportunity to play and so we are figuring out who can play what position and who wants to play,” Krier said. “That will make some decisions down the road a little bit easier.”

Notebook

The Wolverines host Don Bosco Friday at 5 p.m. … GMG lost to East Marshall 13-1 in Le Grand Tuesday.