NEW ULM - The saying goes that good pitching and good defense wins games in both baseball and softball.
On Monday, New Ulm Cathedral used both of those plus some big hitting as it cruised to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Wabasso at Harman Park in Tomahawk Conference softball action.
The game, which was originally scheduled to be played in Wabasso, was moved to New Ulm because of unplayable field conditions in Wabasso. The Greyhounds even played on the field that New Ulm High School usually plays on because the field they usually use wasn't ready either.
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New Ulm Cathedral’s McKenna Berdan (12) slides safely in to third avoiding the tag of Wabasso’s Janessa Baune during the Greyhounds’ win Monday at Harman Park in New Ulm.
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Anna Mohr went all five innings to get the win for Cathedral (1-0). She allowed one hit and she struck out four.
While Mohr was tough in the pitcher's circle, her battery mate Karlee Pfaff was tough on the Rabbits. She hit a long two-run home run in the first inning and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Overall, it wasn't too bad of a performance for the Greyhounds, who were pretty much making their outdoor-debut for the season since practices have been held in the gym the last few weeks.
"We practiced like twice outside," Mohr said. "Last season we were inside because of the snow storms, so it's early."
Pfaff agreed it feels good to be outside finally.
"It's a lot better than being in the cage, that's for sure," Pfaff said.?"It felt good to finally put it all together after about two or three weeks."
Callie Rohlik took the loss for the Rabbits. She gave up nine hits and all 10 runs in five innings.
In the first inning, Pfaff worked the count in her favor before blasting Rohlik's offering over the fence in left gave the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead.
"It was a 2-0 pitch and it had to be perfect," Pfaff said.?"It was pretty perfect."
Cathedral added three more runs in the third, the big hit coming off the bat of freshman shortstop McKenna Berdan, who drove in Anne Schwarz and Lindsay Simon.
The Greyhounds kept up the aggressiveness in the fourth inning, scoring three more times. Berdan hit a hard grounder to short, which went under Jennie Wotschke's glove, leading to three more Cathedral runs. The Greyhounds ended the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Janessa Rothmeier was 3-for-3 in the leadoff spot for Cathedral and scored a couple of runs. Schwarz and Simon scored two runs and Berdan drove in a pair of runs.
Cathedral gets back into action today when it hosts Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 5 p.m. Wabasso (0-1) hosts Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 5 p.m. Thursday.