Greyhounds fall 5-1 in semifinals

NORTH MANKATO — Despite having an early lead, New Ulm Cathedral was unable to come up with big hits when it needed them on Thursday night.

The Greyhounds (20-3) scored a run in the top of the first inning, the Flying Dutchmen tied the game in the third and scored three more times in the fifth inning to defeat the Greyhounds 5-1 in the semifinals of the Class A state tournament.

The loss sends the Greyhounds to the third-place game at 11 a.m. against Randolph.

Sierra Van Dyke earned the win, allowing a run on four hits and six strikeouts.

Josie Pautzke took the loss, allowing three earned runs in six innings.

In the late game, Cathedral got on the board first when Rose Hazuka singled to score Sarah Mohr. That was the only run support given to Josie Pautzke as the Flying Dutchmen scored the next five runs in the game.

Edgerton scored a run in the bottom of the third when Hannah Nerem singled to score Gabby Buckridge. Then in the fifth, Buckridge, Chynna Berning and Emily Nerem scored in an inning where the Flying Dutchmen sent nine batters to the plate. They added another run in the sixth.

Gabby Buckridge went 4 for 4 with a pair of runs and a double and Chynna Berning was 2 for 4 with a run, RBI and a triple.

Earlier in the day, the Greyhounds scored all 10 of their runs in the first three innings and held on for a 10-2 victory against Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the quarterfinals.

Pautzke earned the win. She allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings.

Pautzke admitted she was a little nervous in her state tournament debut, but she shook that off after her team gave her the early run support.

“I had a little bit of nerves, but I told my mom this morning that I’m just happy to be here, win or lose,” Pautzke said. “It really helps when we have that run support behind me, I can have confidence in myself.”

Offensively for the Greyhounds, Sarah Mohr was 3 for 4 and Lauryn Franta was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Rose Hazuka also drove in two runs.

“I’m feeling pretty good, I mean our bats were really really good today,” Franta said.

The Gators scored a run in the top of the first inning off Pautzke, but Cathedral responded with three runs in the bottom of the first after Sarah Mohr, Abby Furth and Franta scored. Heidi Hoffman drove in a run with a double and Hazuka and Franta also drove in a run.

The Greyhounds scored five more times in the bottom of the second as they sent 11 batters to the plate in that inning. Franta drove in two runs while Mohr and Jenna Helget each also drove in a run. They then scored two more runs in the third inning.