NEW ULM - New Ulm Blue and Red split a hometown, 16-U softball double-header Thursday night at Harman Park in New Ulm.
Blue won the first game 3-1. Blue scored two runs in the first inning. Kelsey Anderson reached base on a single. Tori Botten hit a double that scored Anderson. Nikki Dittrich belted another single that scored Botten to give Blue a 2-0 lead.
Chania Ruehling scored Blue's third run after she hit a single. Hunter Ahlness drove Ruehling in with a single of her own.
Brittney Denn scored Red's lone run in the third inning on a bunt by Nicole Rieger.
Tori Botten was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game. She struck out five batters.
Denn was the losing pitcher, going three innings and striking out six batters. Anna Mohr pitched the last two innings and she had three strike outs.
New Ulm Red took control early in the second contest when it scored three runs in the first inning. Jensesa Rothmeier led off with a single. She stole second and she advanced to third on an error on a throw to first base. Botten got a hit to drve in Rothmeier.
Bergan Forst got a hit to drive in a run. Denn hit a double to score Tahylor Bolduan for the final run of the inning.
In the bottom of the first, Blue had runners on second and third, but it was unable to score any runs.
The second inning saw the Blue's Emily Grobo hit a double. Sidney Forstner hit a triple to drive in Grobo. Forster scored on an error, closing the gap to 3-2.
Red broke the game open in the fourth inning when it pushed three runs across. Nicole Rieger singled and scored Morgan Schabbert. Emily Zenk's hit scored Forst and Reiger to boost Red's lead to 6-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, Brianna Sieve belted a triple that scored Sarah Hoffman. Sieve scored on a hit by Bolduan to make the score 8-2 Red.
Blue would not die as it mounted a threat in the bottom of the fifth inning. The bases were loaded before Blue scored its final run of the night.
Red was able to get the final out with no further damage and it secured the 8-3 win.
Anna Mohr was the winning pttcher in game two. She pitched three innings, and she had three strike-outs. Brittney Denn earned the save, pitching the final two innings and she had four strike-outs. Denn was 3-for-6 on the night with a double and two singles. Bolduan had three hits over the two games she played.
Hunter Ahlness was the losing pitcher, going the distance and striking out three batters. Ahlness and teammate Nikki Dittrich each had two hits for Blue.