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Saints sock New Ulm in seventh

April 29, 2011
By Michael Gassett - Journal Sports Writer (sports@nujourna.com) , The Journal

NEW ULM - For six innings, New Ulm's South Central Conference match-up with St. Peter was a pitchers duel.

Then the seventh inning came.

The Saints sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs as they beat New Ulm 8-0.

It was close at the start as New Ulm's Kelsy Kannegiesser and St. Peter's Kami Smesmo was knotted in tight battle.

After St. Peter loaded the bases in the top of the first, Kannegiesser struck out Megan Bittner to end the threat. In fact, Kannegiesser struck out nine through the first four innings.

The Saints got to Kannegiesser in the third. Rachel Thompson singled and scored when Molly Card doubled down the left-field line.

New Ulm allowed just two base runners until that fateful seventh inning.

Meanwhile, New Ulm had its chances. The Eagles stranded Laura Holm at second in the fourth and had thier best chance to score in the fifth when Maddie Kral walked, then advanced all the way to third when Hannah Backer reached on an error. Next, Jill Garies hit a pop fly to center that was dropped but Kral was thrown out at home.

The Eagles had just one runner the rest of the game.

That led to the Saints' seventh inning. Kierstin Karlsrud led off the inning when she reached on an error and the next eight batters reached base.

Next thing anyone knew the 1-0 lead turned into a 8-0 bashing.

Kannegiesser allowed eight runs on 11 hits with 11 strikeouts, three walks and a hit batter.

The Eagles had just four hits in the game with Garies, Holm, Kannegiesser and Sydney Schuck.

Smesmo earned the win as she struck out eight and walked one.

New Ulm is at the Mankato East tournament today.

 
 

 

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