NEW ULM - New Ulm Cathedral's Karlee Pfaff got a rare second chance Thursday, and the sophomore made sure she delivered.
Pfaff hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, two innings after being robbed of a home run at the right field fence. The homer gave her team a 3-0 lead, and the Greyhounds hung on for the 3-1 Tomahawk Conference softball win over their crosstown rivals.
The home run scored MacKinnon Ehlenz and it was a boost after the Greyhounds were struggling somewhat offensively.
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New Ulm Cathedral shortstop Lisa Helget tags out Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Tracy Flygare Thursday at Harman Park in New Ulm.
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"I saw MacKinnon out there and I?knew we needed to get her in," Pfaff said. "One run was not enough and I guess it just worked."
The Greyhounds scored the game's first run in the bottom of the fourth after Lisa Helget scored on a sacrifice bunt by Lisa Helget.
The Chargers (1-2) were able to keep the game close, thanks in part to some good infield defense. But a couple of mistakes were enough for the Greyhounds to pull away.
"I think there were a couple of defensive things and a couple baserunning things that we did and we could've been right in the game," MVL coach Dave Biedenbender said. "But I'm real happy with our girl's effort."
The Chargers scored their only run in the top of the sixth inning after Carlie Maasz scored on Emily Wessel's RBI triple.
Kristen Mohr earned the win in her first varsity start. She allowed four hits and walked three.
"Towards the end, I was nervous, I was trying my hardest," Mohr said.
Maasz took the loss for the Chargers. She allowed three runs and six hits.
The Greyhounds (2-1) host Springfield at 5 p.m. Monday and MVL is at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart Monday.