St. Mary’s takes two from Chargers
By Jake Calhoun
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM – All Anna Lux had to do was calm herself down.
In her second start on varsity, the Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s freshman stared down the final inning of the latter half of a doubleheader against Minnesota Valley Lutheran with a 10-2 lead in the circle that eventually saw the tying run at the plate.
Lux gave up five earned runs in the seventh inning, but was successful in her calming efforts as she got the outs needed to secure the 10-7 victory for St. Mary’s to complement its 8-2 win in Game 1 on Thursday.
“When I went out, the thing that I told her was that it looked like she was showing frustration and she needs to work on not showing that frustration and just focus on hitting her spots,” said St. Mary’s coach Wendy Owens. “She’s got a lot to learn as a freshman, but she’s come along well. She’s doing a nice job for us.”
Lux got the win for the Knights (5-1, 5-1 Tomahawk) having allowed seven runs – six earned – off 11 hits. She struck out six batters and walked seven.
The Chargers (0-10, 0-7) were challenging her after tallying two quick outs in the inning. Lux walked Karissa Schlottman before giving up a hit to Jordan Marotz to put runners on first and second.
A six-pitch walk of Johanna Kettner loaded the bases for Mary Kate Santelman, who finished off her night with a two-run single to the right-center fence before scoring on a two-run single by Allison Lease.
“I was angry, so I wanted to hit it,” Santelman said. “I was frustrated because I haven’t been hitting well this season, so I thought I might as well just try my hardest.”
Santelman led the Chargers offensively in the second game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with two RBIs, one run scored and a double that hugged the left foul line out to the grass in the sixth inning, which sent Kettner to third after notching a single.
Santelman and Kettner were left on in the sixth, however, as Lux managed to get out of that sticky situation with two swinging strikeouts and a pop-up to shortstop Larissa Helget. Lux went 2-for-2 at the plate with one RBI and two runs while being walked once.
Even though its comeback attempt came a little too late, it felt promising for an MVL team that is still searching for its first win of the season.
“I think we can get a lot more,” Santelman said. “When we play other teams, we’re going to do a lot better because now we know our strengths and we know what we need to work on in practice.”
St. Mary’s was outhit in both games 11-7 and 11-9, but was able to score runs when it needed to thanks to MVL’s defensive miscues that began in the second inning of Game 1.
“I’ve got some good speed leading out there and we need to be able to capitalize when we get those errors,” Owens said. “Actually, the bottom of the order is what started all of that so that was good to see them help us out and then the top of the order came through with some speed and laid bunts down.”
The Knights scored five runs in the second inning en route to its 8-2 victory.
Laura Pelzel got the win in Game 1, having allowed two earned runs off 11 hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
St. Mary’s will play at 5 p.m. on Friday at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop. MVL will host Nicollet at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
S.E. St. Mary’s 050 002 1 – 8 7 1
MVL 000 020 0 – 2 11 1
L Pelzel and Berkner; Schlottman and Santelman.
W – L Pelzel (S) 7 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2.00 ERA
L – Schlottman (M) 7 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 5.00 ERA
Leading hitters – S.E. St. Mary’s: Berkner 1-1 1 RBI 3 BB, L Helget 1-3 3 RBI 2B 1 BB, Smith 1-3 1 RBI 2 R, Schwartz 1-3 1 R; MVL: Pfingsten 3-4 1 R 2B, Hammerschmidt 2-3 1 K, Kettner 2-4 1 RBI, Schlottman 2-4 1 R.
MVL 110 000 5 – 7 11 1
S.E. St. Mary’s 424 000 x – 10 9 1
Lux and Berkner; Biedenbender, Schlottman (3) and Santelman.
W – Lux (S) 7 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 BB, 6 K, 6.00 ERA
L – Biedenbender (M) 2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 24.03 ERA
Leading hitters – MVL: Santelman 3-4 2 RBI 1 R 2B, Rieger 2-3 1 RBI 1 BB, Pfingsten 2-4 1 R, Lease 1-2 2 RBI 1 K; S.E. St. Mary’s: Lux 2-2 1 RBI 2 R 1 BB, A Helget 2-3 1 R 1 BB, L Helget 1-3 2 RBI 3 R 1 BB, Brinkman 2-4 1 R.