Big first inning lifts New Ulm by St. Peter

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Carli Botten connects with a pitch during the Eagles’ win against St. Peter Thursday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — It was a case of sweet redemption for the New Ulm softball team on Thursday.

St. Peter defeated New Ulm 3-2 on April 16 in a battle of Big South Conference powers, but on Tuesday, New Ulm scored five times in the first inning. The Eagles used the momentum, along with another strong pitching performance from Ashlyn Donner, to crush the Saints 10-0 in five innings at New Ulm High School.

Donner gave up a leadoff double to start the game, but she worked her way out of it with a pair of strikeouts in the inning. She struck out seven for the game and she allowed just two hits — one in the first inning and another in the fourth.

Meanwhile, New Ulm’s bats got her more than enough run support in the bottom of the first inning. Joey Batt started the offensive show with a leadoff triple and she scored on that play thanks to a throwing errror.

Later in the inning, Donner helped her cause with an RBI single to score Carli Botten to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Abbey Lee had a two-run single that scored Noelle Forstner and Madeline Gag to make it 4-0. Ellie Bute’s grounder to second scored another runner to make it 5-0.

New Ulm scored three more times in the fourth inning. Botten reached on an error by the St. Peter third baseman and a throwing error allowed Erin Gleisner and Batt to score to make it 7-0. Botten later scored on Gag’s single.

New Ulm then put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. There, the Eagles scored twice, with Botten delivering the final RBI to end it at 10-0.

Batt was 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and Botten scored two runs. Lee also had two hits and two RBIs.

New Ulm is at a tournament in Lakeville on Saturday.