The Warriors continued their playoff baseball tournament by traveling to Plainview to take on Lewiston-Altura in the subsection semi finals on May 25th. L-A would score a run in the top of the first to take the 1-0 lead. Caledonia would answer with a run in the bottom of the inning on walks to Payton Schott and Tate Meiners and an RBI groundout by Eric Augedahl. The Warriors would add another run in the third on walks to Meiners and Augedahl and a SAC fly by Austin Klug for a 2-1 lead. Meiners, Augedahl and Klug would load the bases in the fifth with three consecutive hits and Evan Denstad would walk to push another run across to increase the lead to 3-1. The Warriors would blow the game open in the sixth as Klug hit a bases loaded single and Denstad followed with an RBI single and Caledonia would win by a 7-2 final. Augedahl picked up the win by throwing 5 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 6. Storlie pitched the last 1 2/3, striking out 4. Klug and Denstad led the offense with 2 hits each.
With the win the Warriors advanced to the subsection final vs Plainview-Elgin-Millville on May 28th. Casey Storlie got the start and set down the PEM hitters in order in the top of the first. Payton Schott led off the home half of the first with a single. He would steal second and score on a Tate Meiners hit for a 1-0 lead. Meiners would lead off the third inning with a long home run over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead. Eric Augedahl would follow with a single and score on a Storlie double, Storlie would steal third and score on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead. That would be plenty of offense for Storlie as he shut down the PEM offense. Storlie threw a complete game, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 10 in the 4-1 victory. Meiners led the offense with 2 hits, a HR and 2 RBI’s. With the win the Warriors claimed the subsection title for the second year in a row and advanced to the section tourney to face Stewartville on June 1st.
Tate Meiners would hit a one out double in the top of the first to open the game vs Stewartville. He would score on a Casey Storlie triple and the Warriors were out to a quick 1-0 lead. Tyler Wiebke would lead off the third inning with a base hit. Payton Schott would ground to the shortstop who tried to throw out Wiebke at third. Wiebke would beat the throw as the Warriors now had runners on the corners and no outs. Wiebke would score on a passed ball and Schott would eventually score on an Eric Augedahl single for a 3-0 lead. Stewartville would push a run across in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1. Wiebke would lead off the seventh and reach on an error by the third baseman. Schott would get beaned to put runners on first and second. Meiners would work a full count vs the Stewartville pitcher, who then hung a curveball and Meiners crushed it over the 350’ sign in left center for a 3 run HR and a 6-1 lead. The Warriors would add another run on a Storlie single and a Kyle Cavanaugh RBI groundout to complete the scoring at 7-1. Storlie got the win as he was dominant on the mound again. He threw four innings, allowing only three hits, no runs and striking out 5. Evan Denstad picked up the save as he threw three innings, allowing one run and striking out one.
“Our defense has been playing great these last few games, making a lot of good plays and not committing any errors. The two double plays we turned in the Stewartville game were crucial to kill their momentum. Our pitchers have been doing a tremendous job of throwing strikes and keeping hitters off balance. We only walked two batters vs 26 strikeouts in these past three playoff games”.
The Warriors now advance to the section final vs LaCrescent on May 4th. LaCrescent has one loss, so they will need to beat the Warriors twice. The winner will advance to the state tourney.