A Birthday Bash for Pfaff

NEW ULM – Over her four-year career at Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Carlie Maasz has made a habit out of making opposing hitters look pretty bad at times.

Well, except for New Ulm Cathedral catcher Karlee Pfaff.

Pfaff, who has caught Maasz many times in summer softball, continued her assault on Maasz Tuesday as she homered and drove in six runs. Not a bad day for the birthday girl.

The six RBIs helped lead Cathedral to a 9-6, come-from-behind victory over the Chargers in the first round of the Section 2A, North Subsection playoffs. The loss ends MVL’s season at 5-9.

Cathedral (13-5) plays at No. 2 seed Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s at 5 p.m. Thursday in the double-elimination portion of the bracket.

Pfaff hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third, then rallied her team again with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the sixth that put her team up 8-6. After striking out in her first at-bat, she more than made up for it the rest of the way, finishing with three hits.

“I’ve caught her during summer ball, and I think with her, she’s the pitcher who I know [what she’s thinking],” Pfaff said.

Maasz ended her career with the loss. She went six innings, allowing 12 hits and nine runs. She struck out five and walked two while also hitting a batter.

Anna Mohr earned the win in relief of Leah Krzmarzick. Mohr pitched 3 2/3 innings and walked one. She gave up one run and two hits. Krzmarzick was charged with five runs and she struck out two while giving up two hits.

The two freshmen struggled at times for the Greyhounds.

“They were behind batters and they were struggling all day,” Cathedral coach Bob Mertz said. “We’ve been working on some things and thankfully Karlee came to the game, she really came up big.”

The Chargers scored a single run in the top of the first, taking advantage of a Cathedral throwing error. Jordan Marotz singled to score Charlotte Pfingsten.

MVL then scored two more runs in the top of the second, this time with Marissa Kroells and Anna Munsen crossing the plate to put the Chargers up 3-0.

The Greyhounds responded with a big third inning, scoring three times, the big blow coming from Pfaff’s home run. Lisa Helget also had an RBI prior to Pfaff’s blast and the Greyhounds were up 4-3 at that point.

MVL then scored three more runs in the top of the fourth after Maasz delivered a three-run double to give the Chargers a 6-4 lead.

After scoring a single run in the fifth to cut the MVL lead to 6-5, Cathedral scored four more runs in the sixth to go ahead for good.

The Chargers threatened in the seventh and put runners on first and second, but the rally ended with a strikeout.

“It was fun, we thought we were ready and we played them close a couple of times and we shot ourselves in the feet with some errors in the first two games we played them,” MVL coach Dave Biedenbender said. “We took advantage of some their miscues and came back they had us 4-3. It was just a fun, tight ballgame to be a part of.”

Charlotte Pfingsten had two hits, an RBI and scored two runs for the Chargers. Maasz had three RBIs and Marotz also added an RBI.

Helget had two hits and she scored two runs and Abby Hauser had two hits for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds face St. Mary’s, a team that swept them earlier this year.

“I think we need to play a little bit better defense and definitely get the bats going,” Pfaff said.

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