NEW ULM - The New Ulm Cathedral softball team was faced up with its biggest challenge of the season on Friday when the Mankato Loyola Crusaders visited Harman Park.
Ranked No. 1 in state, Loyola jumped out to an early five-run lead. Although Cathedral was able to fight back, the Crusaders held on for a 5-4 victory.
Katie Homan earned the complete-game win for Loyola.
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New Ulm Cathedral center fielder Anne Schwarz jumps to make a catch at the fence during the Greyhounds’ game against Mankato Loyola Friday at Harman Park in New Ulm.
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Anna Mohr took the loss for Cathedral, she allowed eight hits and four earned runs in four innings. Leah Krzmarzick pitched three innings in relief and struck out two batters and allowed two hits.
"They are a nice team," Cathedral coach Bob Mertz said. "We had a chance, it was there. We got behind 5-0 and that was not good, but we pecked away at it. We had some opportunities, at one time we had two runners on and we said 'here comes a big hit,' but it just wasn't meant to be. Hopefully we will get another chance to play this team."
Abby Hauser was 3-for-4 at the plate for Cathedral while Krzmarzick had a pair of hits. Mohr had a double and two RBI.
Loyola got on the board early when clean-up hitter Maddie McGarger unloaded for a first inning two-run home run. In the second inning, Cathedral got a run when Mohr reached base on an error that allowed Hauser to score.
Hauser scored again in the fourth when Mohr singled to center field and then a double from Mohr in the sixth scored Krzmarzick and brought the Greyhounds within two runs. Krzmarzick shut down the Crusaders in the seventh and Anne Schwartz was able to double to left field in Cathedral's final at-bat.
Schwartz took advantage of a poor relay throw and advanced to third on the play and later scored to pull within one run of Loyola. Homan had no problem with the rest of the side and the Crusaders escaped with the victory.
Cathedral is the No. 3 seed in the Section 2A, North Subsection playoffs and will host No. 6 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 5 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs at Harman Park.