NEW ULM - New Ulm Cathedral showed off its power by hitting five home runs in a doubleheader as it went on to sweep Springfield 11-1 (5 inn.) and 8-4 in a Tomahawk Conference softball match-up.
Lisa Helget got the Greyhounds started in the first game with a two-run home run over the right-centerfield fence in the bottom of the first inning.
"We pitched well at times, but we left a couple of balls up in the zone and it cost us," Springfield head coach Paul Dunn said.
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New Ulm Cathedral’s MacKinnon Ehlenz punts the ball as teammate Karlee Pfaff runs toward home plate during the first game of a doubleheader at Harman Park in New Ulm. Pfaff would score on the play.
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After a scoreless second inning, Springfield cut the Cathedral lead in half on a RBI double by Sonia Fielder, but it would not score for the remainder of the game.
The Greyhounds were able to put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the third inning when MacKinnon Ehlenz converted a suicide squeeze bunt followed by a RBI by junior Lindsay Simon. Ehlenz later scored on a Springfield error.
Cathedral put the game out of reach with a huge fourth inning.
After Jenessa Rothmeier reached first base on an infield single, Karlee Pfaff blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence.
"I was just waiting to get my pitch, and when I saw it coming I hit it, and I knew it was going over right away," Pfaff said.
Anne Schwarz joined the home run club in the very next at bat with a shot to nearly the same place as the one Pfaff hit before her.
"It's always hard to follow up a home run, but (Schwarz) definitely followed it up well, and it got us really pumped up as a team," Pfaff said.
Abby Hauser hit a two-run double later in the inning and then scored on a single by Paige Pautzke to give the Greyhounds an 11-1 lead.
Winning Pitcher Leah Krzmarzick held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the fifth inning to end the game early.
Krzmarzick pitched all five innings and gave up one unearned run on five hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.
"We wanted to jam them, and Leah (Krzmarzick) did a great job of hitting her spots all night," Pfaff said.
Helget and Pfaff led the Greyhounds offensively. Helget was 1-for-3 with two RBI, while Pfaff was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Ehlenz was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Molly Dunn took the loss for Springfield. She gave up 11 runs on 10 hits and two walks.
The Tigers were led by Tiffany Schwanke at the plate. Schwanke went 2-for-3. Fiedler was 1-for-3 with a RBI.
"The middle of our order did a great job of hitting the ball hard today," coach Dunn said.
Cathedral continued its power display in the second game as it went on to complete the sweep with an 8-4 win.
Pautzke went 2-for-4 with a two-RBI home run, while Helget went 2-for-3 and added another home run to her total for the day.
Helget ended the day batting 3-for-6 with two home runs and three RBI.
Anna Mohr picked up the win on the mound. Mohr pitched all seven innings and allowed four runs on eight hits and three strikeouts.
Jenny Platz was the losing pitcher for Springfield. Platz gave up eight runs through seven innings on nine hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.
The Tigers were led on offense by Becky Roiger in the second game. Roiger was 1-for-3 with a home run of her own.
Cathedral (7-0) will play at Comfrey/Cedar Mountain on Monday, while Springfield (4-2) will be back in action on Tuesday at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.