New Ulm blanks Waseca
NEW ULM — New Ulm defeats Waseca 8-0 in a Big South Conference softball game Thursday, holding Waseca to only two hits.
Ashlyn Donner started in the pitcher’s circle for the Eagles, delivering three shutout innings on five strikeouts and two hits.
New Ulm got on the board right away when Kaila Brudelie earned a one-out walk in the first inning before stealing second. Carli Botten pushed the runner to third on a ground ball before Camryn Schiro earned the RBI with a two-out base hit into left field.
Madison Suess led off the second inning with a single into right field taking second base on a wild pitch to batter Emma Bute. Bute’s sacrifice pushed Suess to third on heads up base running from the Eagles. Meleah Reinhart’s double brought home the first run of the inning. Reinhart later scored on a wild pitch from Waseca.
“It was a full team effort, we scored up and down the lineup,” New Ulm coach Kristi Andersen Loose said. “It is fun when you know that we can have runs come from any part of the lineup.”
The Eagles’ third run of the inning came when Ashley Mehlhop singled and Kayla Brandes’ double one-hopped the left field fence, scoring Mehlhop.
Donner struck out the side in the top of the third inning to end her day for the Eagles.
The Eagles struck again in the third inning when Schiro smashed a 3-1 pitch over the left-center fence giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
Mariah Piotter pitched the fourth and fifth innings facing six batters and getting six groundouts.
“The pitchers have done an awesome job combining, they complement each other so well,” Anderson Loose said.
The Eagles put up three runs in the fourth inning. Brandes reached on a one-out bunt and Rylee Gag singled to put two runners on for the Eagles.
Gag and Brandes later completed the double steal putting both runners in scoring position. Schiro then doubled for New Ulm, driving in two runs on the play. Suess’ RBI single ended the scoring for the Eagles in the fourth inning.
Reinhart pitched the final two innings for the Eagles earning five strikeouts and one walk.
“Each pitcher was able to come in and hit their spots and stayed in charge on the mound, it is fun to have those options,” Andersen Loose said.
Schiro was 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs and Suess went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for New Ulm.
New Ulm will be at the Mankato East tournament on Friday and Saturday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.