Greyhounds prevail in windy conditions
NEW ULM – The New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds doubleheader softball win against the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers Tuesday night could be called a windsweep.
Whether all the dust kicking up caused the MVL errors that helped Cathedral win 7-3 and 6-2 could be debated, but the nine-inning pitching relief job done by freshman Anna Mohr cannot be.
With Greyhounds first-game starting pitcher Leah Krzmarzick leaving the game after three innings because of sickness, Mohr stepped in and held the Chargers scoreless and hitless the rest of the game and allowed just four hits and no runs in the first five innings of the nightcap.
“I threw fastballs and changeups, that’s pretty much it,” Mohr said.
Cathedral opened the scoring in the top of the second with two out. Abby Hauser nailed a double to left, scoring on an error on Krzmarzick’s fly ball that would have ended the inning.
A Lindsay Simon to right scored Krzmarzick, with MacKinnon Ehlenz then making it 4-0 on a long hit to right that cleared the bases.
The Chargers showed some life in the bottom of the third when Carlie Maasz opened with a walk, Jordan Marotz reached on an error and the Greyhounds lead was cut to 4-2 with an ensuing triple to right by Karissa Schlottman.
It became 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth when Rachel Stark walked and came home on a Charlotte Pfingsten triple to right center. At this point, Mohr was summoned and got the side out.
But the Greyhounds responded in the top of the fifth when Paige Pautzke was hit by a pitch and Karlee Pfaff singled to left. Then Pautzke scored when a throw off a Hauser grounder sailed over first base to make it 5-3.
Cathedral clinched its seventh Tomahawk Conference victory with two more runs in the top of the seventh, aided by a passed ball and wild pitch for the 7-3 final.
While the second games of this year’s doubleheader obsession don’t count in the conference standings, they still mean something for overall records and again the Greyhounds found themselves being given favors by the Chargers defense.
Pfaff led off the bottom of the fourth with a long double against the wind that hit the centerfield fence.
“It was right down the middle of the plate on the first pitch, so I took it,” Pfaff said.
Anne Schwarz then reached on an error and Anna Mohr walked to load the bases. Another outfield error plated Pfaff and Schwarz. Two more infield errors by MVL, a bobbled grounder and a bad throw, gave the Greyhounds two more runs and a 4-0 lead.
It became 5-0 on when Jenessa Rothmeier scored oan a Simon single up the middle.
Cathedral added one more in the bottom of the sixth on a Kristin Mohr double and Rothmeier single, with MVL avoiding a shutout with two in the bottom of the seventh.
The Greyhounds are now 12-3 overall, 7-3 in conference play, while the Chargers drop to 4-7 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
MVL resumes action on Thursday with a doubleheader against Sleepy Eye in Sleepy Eye beginning at 4:30 p.m. Cathedral hosts Mankato Loyola at 5 p.m. Friday at Harman Park.