NORTH MANKATO – On a perfect day for outdoor hockey, the New Ulm Cathedral Greyhounds extended their season at least one more game by shutting out the Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial Knights 11-0 after falling 5-0 to the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs earlier in the second round of the Section 2A softball playoffs.
The Greyhounds will again face Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s, who they beat in the second round last Thursday, but dropped a doubleheader to during the regular season. That game will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
After being shut out and held to just four hits by LP/HT, Cathedral’s bats woke up in time for the nightcap. Paige Pautzke led off with a walk, followed by a sacrifice bunt from Abby Hauser. Karlee Pfaff reached on an infield hit, with both runners advancing on a wild pitch. A single to left by Anne Schwarz then made it 2-0.
The Greyhounds struck again in the second, when a walk, a fielder’s choice and an error put Anna Mohr and Jenessa Rothmeier on base. Pautzke’s double over the right fielder’s head scored Mohr, with Rothmeier coming home on Hauser’s grounder. A walk to Lisa Helget loaded the bases, with a double to left center by Pfaff extending the lead to 6-0.
MacKinnon Ehlenz got the Greyhounds off to a great start in the third, coaxing a walk after falling behind in the count 0-2. Anna Mohr reached on a error and Rothmeier took a base on balls to fill the infield. A Pautzke grounder scored Ehlenz, who beat a throw home.
Hauser’s single plated Anna Mohr, with a Helget single scoring Rothmeier to make it 9-0. Grounders by Pfaff and Schwarz gave Cathedral opened the margin to 11-0, putting the game in the hands of pitchers Anna Mohr and Leah Krzmarzick.
Mohr started the second game for the Greyhounds and allowed no hits in two innings, followed by Krzmarzick, who finished the final three with no damage. Krzmarzick took the loss in the first game against LP/HT when the Bulldogs nailed back-to-back homers in the first inning for three runs, than added two more in the second.
Anna Mohr came in and retired 10 in a row, but there was just no life in the Greyhounds bats. “We didn’t do anything to help Anna,” Cathedral coach Bob Mertz said. “We only had four hits and their pitcher (Rachel Heuer) was really effective. We heard she didn’t throw very hard, but was really effective keeping batters off guard, which she did today.”