Eagles softball picks up sweep over Waseca
NEW ULM — New Ulm remained perfect as the Eagles swept Waseca 10-0 and 7-0 on Thursday in a Big South Conference softball doubleheader.
Ashlyn Donner, Mariah Piotter and Taylor Forstner all pitched for the Eagles in both games. In Game 2, the trio combined to pitch a no-hit shutout. Waseca managed only two hits in the first game.
The Eagles were able to take advantage of Waseca mistakes, were aggressive on the basepaths and played solid offensively and defensively.
New Ulm head coach Kristi Andersen Loose said she was pleased with how well the pitchers did their jobs.
“We were hitting the ball well, we had timely hitting and had strong defense today,” Andersen Loose said.
Donner got a lead-off single for New Ulm in the top of the second. Erin Gleisner entered as a courtesy runner. She scored later on a Waseca miscue for a 1-0 lead for the Eagles.
Noelle Forstner reached base on an error and advanced to second on an overthrow. She scored on a passed ball by the Waseca catcher, making it 2-0.
Joey Batt cracked a single to center field. She stole second base and scored on a Waseca error.
New Ulm took advantage of a walk, a passed ball and got a run on an infield hit by Donner. The Eagles led 4-0 after three innings.
The Eagles pushed six runs across in the top of the fourth inning. They captialized on three Waseca errors, got four hits, which included a double by Kaila Brudelle and a Noelle Forstner triple, and took the 10-0 final score.
Donnor was the winning pitcher in Game 1. She pitched two innings, gave up one hit and she struck out three batters.
Forstner had a triple with two RBIs and Brudelie had a double with two RBIs for the Eagles.
Donnor earned the victory in Game 2. She pitched for one inning and had three strikeouts.
Ellie Bute was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored in Game 2. Brudelie went 1 for 3 a run scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases.
New Ulm (9-0) will participate in the Section 2AAA Preview Tournament starting at 4 p.m. on Friday at Casewell Park in North Mankato.