Schuck leads New Ulm over Cardinals

NEW ULM – Sydney Schuck pitched a five-hit complete game shutout and the New Ulm Eagles softball team earned its third win of the week with a 6-0 victory over the Fairmont Cardinals Thursday evening at Harman Park.

Schuck struck out five batters and walked just one and she also had an RBI at the plate. Brittany Hoffmann and Katie Forst each had two hits and Sarah Nelsen and Ellie Schneider each picked up an RBI.

Fairmont sophomore Alyson Eversman took the loss in her first career start.

With the victory, The Eagles remain perfect in the South Central Conference with a 5-0 record and an 8-1 record overall. Meanwhile, it’s a different story for the Cardinals. Fairmont has yet to win a game this season, but head coach Terry Ehlert sees improvement and hopes his team can turn it around.

“We’re going in the right direction,” Ehlert said. “Right now we haven’t won anything, but we are getting better. Our defense is getting better and the first time we played them on Monday we lost 11-1 and now its 6-0. Our defense is playing better so there is a positive side – we’re getting there.”

Eversman started out her career with a quick four-pitch walk to Abby Kamm. Kamm later came around to score on a fielder’s choice and New Ulm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Eversman was able to keep the Eagles in check in the second and third inning before New Ulm broke it open in the fourth.

An RBI base hit for Schuck, a wild pitch that allowed Hope Capp to score, and a run on a fielder’s choice gave the Eagles a commanding 5-0 lead. Fairmont’s offense failed to start up and one more run in the sixth sealed it for New Ulm.

The Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they host Jackson County Central at 5:30 p.m. and Fairmont will play at the Windom tournament on Saturday.

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