Cathedral sweeps MVL

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Cathedral shortstop Sarah Mohr (2) makes a throw to first after forcing out Lauren Paulsen (11) of Minnesota Valley Lutheran Thursday at Harman Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — New Ulm Cathedral swept Minnesota Valley Lutheran 4-1 and 10-0 on Thursday in a Tomahawk Conference softball doubleheader.

In Game 1, the Greyhounds downed MVL 4-1. Both coaches characterized the game as one being played well by both teams.

“It was a real good game to watch and play,” MVL head coach Barb Leopold said. “There were good plays made by both teams.”

Lauryn Franta got the Greyhounds on the board in the bottom of the first when she crushed a Stephanie Dalueg pitch over the left-field fence for a 1-0 Cathedral lead.

MVL’s Haley Ditch cracked a double to left field in the top of the fourth inning. She moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt and she scored on Lauren Paulsen’s right field single for a 1-1 tie.

Shay Ubl reached on an error. Sarah Mohr’s double scored Megan Haala (who was a courtesy runner for Ubl) that gave Cathedral a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Two MVL errors proved costly for the Chargers in the sixth inning. Those errors led to Cathedral scoring two runs. Pautzke cracked a lead-off single to center field. She went to second on a bunt and she scored on an MVL error.

Franta reached on a bunt and she scored later on MVL’s second error of the inning for the 4-1 final.

Pautzke was the winning pitcher. She went seven innings and she had four strikeouts. Dalueg was the losing pitcher giving up two earned runs, seven hits, walking three and striking out five batters.

“Josie pitched a good game,” Cathedral head coach Jamie Portner said. “Lauryn [Franta] covered a lot of ground in the outfield, and we took advantage of a couple of errors.”

In Game 2, Cathedral blanked MVL 10-0 in five innings. Josie Pautzke was the winning pitcher going five innings giving up no runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Dalueg took the loss in Game 2. She gave up nine hits, with two strike outs and one walk.

“We played a much better all around game in the second game,” Cathedral head coach Jamie Portner said.

Cathedral’s Emily Schommer went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, Pautzke was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Hedi Hoffmann went 3 for 3 with three RBIs.

Grace Bauer went 2 for 3 in Game 2 for MVL.

Cathedral will travel to Minnesota Southwest Christian on Monday. MVL will travel to Nicollet on Monday.

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