NEW ULM - While New Ulm Cathedral's defense was much improved from the last game it played, the bats seemed to have some trouble Thursday against Cleveland pitcher Desi Becker.
Becker kept the Greyhounds from making solid contact throughout most of the game, but Cathedral pitcher Anna Mohr was even better as the Greyhounds defeated Cleveland 3-1 in the Section 2A softball playoffs Thursday at Harman Park.
The win means the top-seeded Greyhounds (17-1) will now play No. 2 seed Sleepy Eye St. Mary's at 10 a.m. Saturday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
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New Ulm Cathedral starting pitcher Anna Mohr winds up to deliver a pitch during the Greyhounds Section 2A playoff game against Cleveland Thursday at Harman Park in New Ulm.
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Cleveland will play Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity at 10 a.m. Saturday in an elimination bracket game at Caswell Park.
Mohr's change-up had the Clippers swinging and missing as she finished with 11 strikeouts.
"She looked really good," Cathedral catcher Karlee Pfaff said. "It was fun calling. It helps when she hits them [her spots]."
Mohr went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. Becker took the loss, going six innings and allowing 10 hits. Becker kept the Greyhounds from cashing in on several key opportunities.
"She did a nice job, she had a little speed to her and she had us off-balance," Cathedral coach Bob Mertz said of Becker. "We had a chance to really break this thing open but we didn't."
While Mohr was keeping them guessing in the pitcher's circle, she also got it done at the plate. Her two-run single in the bottom of the second put her team up 2-0 and she later scored on Janessa Rothmeier's hit for a 3-0 lead.
That lead didn't grow though, much to Cathedral's surprise. Mohr was kind of shocked that the scoring ended there. The Greyhounds stranded 11 runners in the game.
"We had a lot of runners on base, we just never got that timely hit to get them in," she said.
Cathedral left two runners on in the third inning, two more in the fourth and it left the bases loaded in the fifth, only to come up short.
The Clippers put together a mini rally in the seventh inning. With two outs, Anna Ely homered to left and Erika Wobbrock followed with a single. But Mohr retired the next batter to end the game.
The Greyhounds look to continue their run in the Section 2A playoffs on Saturday and Mohr likes their chances.
"I say we are really well put together as a team, we have a lot of strengths everywhere," Mohr said.