NEW ULM - One bad inning all tournament for the New Ulm Black 16U softball team was the difference in its 8-1 loss to North St. Paul in the 16U championship game of the Windmill Classic on Sunday.
A two-run home run capped a five-run second inning for the Polars, which catapulted them out in front early.
Leah Krzmarzick took the loss in the circle for Black allowing all eight runs on 15 hits while striking out four and walking only one.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm U-16 Black’s Hunter Ahlness fields a ball at third base during Black’s game against Rockford Sunday in the Windmill Classic at St. Paul’s Field 2 in New Ulm.
The Polars picked up another run in the third after a string of hits.
"They hit the ball and ran the bases well," coach Lon Ahlness said.
An Emma Berg single and back-to-back walks from Hunter Ahlness and Nikki Dittrich loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning. Berg then scored after an overthrow from the catcher to the pitcher for Black's lone run of the game.
North St. Paul pushed across its final two runs in the seventh with a pair of singles and a two-run double.
Sydney Forstner, Emily Grob and Dittrich each had a hit for New Ulm.
To get to the championship, New Ulm won a pair of games against Rockford and Annandale on Sunday.
Krzmarzick got the win against Rockford allowing only one run on four hits and striking out five in five innings of work.
The game was cut short because of the eight-run rule after five innings.
Morgan Wilfahrt and Grob each had three hits and Ahlness had two hits and two RBIs.
In the semifinal game, New Ulm defeated Annandale 3-0. Ahlness got the win and the shutout, scattering six hits and striking out 10.
Black got its first run in the third inning after Kelsey Anderson singled in Grob. It added two more in the fourth when Allyson Vorwerk singled to score Krzmarzick and a bases-loaded walk to Anderson scored Sydney Forstner.
Vorwerk had two hits for Black. Wilfahrt, Ahlness, and Grob each had a hit as well.