NEW ULM - Sleepy Eye St. Mary's and New Ulm Cathedral combined for 34 runs, 33 RBIs, 39 hits and five home runs in their doubleheader on Tuesday at Harman Park.
Cathedral came out victorious, winning Game 1 by a 12-0 score in six innings and Game 2 in a 12-10 eight-inning contest.
Anne Schwarz hit two home runs to drive in seven runs in Game 1. The first came on a 0-1 pitch from Laura Pelzel that drove in three runs and the second was a first-pitch grand slam that gave Cathedral (10-1, 8-0 Tomahawk) a 12-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
"She hits the ball hard every time," said Cathedral assistant coach Jamie Portner. "Going yard for her is becoming more and more common."
In Game 1, Anna Mohr held the Knights (7-4, 7-4) to two hits en route to getting the win in the circle. The Knights committed five errors in Game 1 and were also 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
St. Mary's turned it around in Game 2, scoring three runs in the top of the first off Cathedral starter Leah Krzmarzick.
Freshman Anna Lux was solid in holding Cathedral to three runs on four hits through the first four innings.
In the fifth, however, she allowed a grand slam to Cathedral senior Lindsay Simon, who hit a grand slam in the first inning of the team's Game 1 victory of a doubleheader against Springfield last Thursday.
"She's doing a very good job for us this year," Portner said of Simon. "She's really coming through for us in that No. 5 spot. We look forward to having a lot more hits from her."
Mohr came in for Krzmarzick in the fifth with an 8-5 lead, but surrendered three runs without recording an out. This gave Krzmarzick the no-decision, during which she gave up five runs - four earned - on nine hits in four innings pitched.
The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning, when Karlee Pfaff bolstered Cathedral's fortunes with a three-run home run immediately following a passed ball that allowed McKenna Berdan to score from third.
"That was huge," Portner said of Pfaff's home run. "That swung momentum our way and made us more confident going into the last inning with a lead."
Despite Pfaff's demoralizing dagger, the Knights had a little fight left in them. A triple to right field by senior Deonna Brinkman scored pinch runner Ali Beltz from first base to cut the lead to 12-9.
After a strikeout of Ashley Helget to notch two outs, Pelzel drove in Brinkman with an RBI single to cut the deficit to two runs.
A 1-3 putout of Carly Hoffmann off the first pitch sealed the deal for the Greyhounds, however.
Brinkman went 4-for-5 for the Knights with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Larissa Helget belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. For Cathedral, Jenessa Rothmeier went 4-for-5 with three runs scored in Game 2.
SESM 000 000 - 0 2 5
NUC 030 405 - 12 11 1
L Pelzel and Berkner; A Mohr and Pfaff.
W - A Mohr (C) 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
L - L Pelzel (S) 5 1/3 IP, 11 H, 12 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Leading hitters - SESM: L Helget 1-3, A Helget 1-2; NUC: Schabert 2-4 2 RBI 1 R 1 K, Pfaff 2-4 1 RBI 2B, Simon 1-3 3 R 1 BB 2B, Schwarz 3-4 7 RBI 3 R 2 HR (1 GS).
NUC 012 050 04 - 12 10 3
SESM 300 230 02 - 10 16 3
Lux and Berkner; Krzmarzick, A Mohr (5) and Pfaff.
W - A Mohr (C) 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
L - Lux (S) 8 IP, 10 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 6 BB, 2 K
ND - Krzmarzick (C) 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Leading hitters - NUC: Rothmeier 4-5 3 R, Pfaff 2-5 5 RBI 2 R HR, Simon 1-4 5 RBI 2 R HR (GS); SESM: L Helget 1-5 2 RBI 2 R HR, Berkner 2-4 1 RBI 1 BB 1 K, Fleck 2-5 1 RBI 1 R 2B, Brinkman 4-5 2 RBI 2 R 3B, Lux 2-3 1 RBI 1 R 1 BB.