NEW ULM - It's been a little over two weeks since the New Ulm Cathedral and Sleepy Eye softball team's have taken the field. Due to the recent postponements, the Greyhounds and Indians were slated to play a double-header.
In the first game, it was Cathedral jumping out to an early lead en route to an 8-1 victory. In the second game, Sleepy Eye played well, but it was a 4-run sixth inning that helped Cathedral earn the 6-0 victory in Tomahawk Conference action.
Cathedral's Leah Krzmarzick (seven innings, 3 hits, 2 walks) showed no sign of being rusty in the first game as she earned the win and neither did her team's defense.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Lisa Helget connects with a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader against Sleepy Eye Thursday at Harman Park in New Ulm.
Sleepy Eye's Carly Jensen took the loss allowing eight runs on eight hits while allowing six runs in six innings. Cathedral started the scoring right away in the first inning. After a pair of walks to start the game, Karlie Pfaff was able to find a gap in the infield for an RBI single to put her team up early.
Sleepy Eye threatened to score in the second inning as a fielder's choice put runners on second and third with two outs. However, it was the ninth grader Krzmarzick stepping up and getting the final batter of the inning to ground out to second base. Cathedral added one run in the third on a passed ball and in the fifth inning the hard-hitting senior Lisa Helget unloaded on a pitch to right-center field for her first career home run.
Sleepy Eye broke up the shutout as they got a run on a fielder's choice in the sixth inning before the Greyhounds scored a few more runs in the home half of the sixth.
Kristin Mohr was able to score easily on a Lindsay Simon single and Helget hit a two-run blooper into center field to take a 7-1 advantage. Pfaff followed up with another RBI single and Krzmarzick shut down the Indians in the following inning to seal the game.
"I'm looking forward to a lot more exciting games," Krzmarzick said. "Our defense works really hard and makes really exciting plays."
In the second game freshman Anna Mohr (seven innings, eight hits, six walks) picked up the shut out victory. Carly Jensen took the loss allowing eight hits in six innings. Helget and Pfaff each were 2-for-3 with an RBI. MacKinnon Ehlenz was 2-for-4 with two RBI's.
"It's just nice to be outside, we've been in a gym for the past two and a half weeks," Sleepy Eye coach Tim Hoffmann said. "I think overall the girls played well. When McKayla threw strikes she did well, she hurt herself by falling behind in the count and walking some batters. As far as hitting, we put the bat on the ball but we didn't really hit anything solidly. We were hitting the ball into the ground or into the air. All those things combined, a little rust, just not being outside, hitting against the wiffle balls isn't quite the same as hitting a live softball."