New Ulm makes quick work of Waseca in 2

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm High School pitcher Morgan Deslauriers tosses a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader against Waseca Thursday at NUHS.

NEW ULM — New Ulm, the No. 10-ranked team in Class AAA, made short work of Waseca in a Big South Conference softball doubleheader on Thursday, downing the Bluejays 12-0 in a five-inning Game 1 and 15-3 in a five-inning Game 2 at New Ulm High School.

Ashlyn Donner picked up the win in the circle for the Eagles (11-1, 8-1) in the first game, striking out eight in four innings of work. The only hit allowed by Donner was a single in the third inning to Jozie Gehloff, and she didn’t allow any walks, either.

In the second game, junior Morgan Deslauriers got her first varsity win in her first varsity start, allowing four hits and two walks for three unearned runs.

“Pitching performances were fantastic today,” New Ulm head coach Kristi Andersen Loose said. “Both Morgan and Ashlyn did extremely well with mixing pitches and I’m really proud of how Morgan stepped up to come into her first start really calm and collected. Halfway through a season, being able to come in and have that composure is really, really impressive.”

In the opening game, the Eagles added a run in the first inning after Noelle Forstner grounded out, allowing Joey Batt to wait for the throw to first before coming home from third. Batt was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI for New Ulm in Game 1, while Forstner had two hits, three RBIs and a run scored.

The Eagles had a three-hit, two-error second inning that led to a 7-0 lead, led by a two-run double from Forstner. Forstner and Abbey Lee each added RBI singles in the third to highlight a three-run inning for New Ulm and put the Eagles up 10-0.

In the fourth inning, Ellie Bute walked and later scored on a wild pitch, while Erin Gleisner walked and was brought in on an RBI single by Abby Juni for a 12-0 lead. Deslauriers pitched the fifth inning for New Ulm in the first game and allowed one hit.

Donner also had two hits and an RBI for New Ulm in Game 1, while Carli Botten was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored and Gleisner added an RBI.

In the second game of the day, New Ulm’s attack was led by Ellie Bute, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Madeline Gag also had a nice second game for the Eagles, going 3 for 4 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored.

The Eagles were relentless on Thursday, scoring at least one run in every inning they played. They also had 18 hits in the second game, and every batter had at least one hit.

“We had a really slow start against Worthington on Tuesday [May 7], and I was just really excited that that did not transfer into today,” Andersen Loose said. “The girls scored every single inning, put the pressure on, didn’t matter the outs — we scored multiple times with two outs. The girls were just relentless at the plate. They fouled pitches off, they battled for their pitch, it was the best offensive performance that I’ve seen from the girls to date.”

New Ulm is at Marshall for a 5:30 p.m. conference game Friday.

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