New Ulm 16U goes 1-2 in 1st day of Windmill Classic
By Travis Rosenau
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM — New Ulm 16U dropped two of its three games on Saturday in the Windmill Classic.
In the first game, New Ulm was defeated by St. Peter Thunder 7-1. Madison Portner led New Ulm, going 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Madeline Gag also had a double for New Ulm, while Ellie Bute added a hit.
Game 2 had a much more positive outcome for New Ulm as it defeated Cardinal Power 5-2.
Portner was 3 for 3 for New Ulm in Game 2 with two RBIs and a double, while Abbey Lee and Noelle Forstner added two hits apiece. Gag also added an RBI double in the winning effort.
Taylor Forstner picked up the win in the circle for New Ulm, allowing two runs and six hits. She also struck out three batters.
New Ulm coach Kevin Forstner was pleased with what he saw in the second game and hopes to see more of that same effort on Sunday.
“For the most part we played good defense, especially in the Fairmont game,” Kevin Forstner said. “We had solid pitching and we hit the ball real well.
“We strung hits together and scored some runs. Like I said, we played some excellent defense in that game.”
In the third game of the day for New Ulm, it fell to Buffalo 7-1 to drop to 1-2 on the day.
Abby Furth had a base hit, while Erin Gleisner added a bunt single.
New Ulm had a tougher time against Buffalo than it did with Cardinal Power and it mainly came down to not getting enough hits. Kevin Forstner said that he thinks that the key to winning Sunday rests in the hands of the offense.
“I’d just like to see our bats come to life tomorrow morning,” Kevin Forstner said. “That would be the biggest thing.
“I think our defense and pitching should be there to keep us in the game, but when our bats wake up, then we click.”
New Ulm 16U will play New Ulm 18U next at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Harman Field 3.