Greyhounds rally against Wolverines

NORTH MANKATO — New Ulm Cathedral freshman catcher Emily Schommer had a chance to be the hero against Mountain Lake Area and she didn’t disappoint.

With the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth, Schommer hit a hard ground ball that was misplayed and rolled into left field, allowing Megan Haala to score from second and giving the Greyhounds a 7-6, Section 2A victory over the Wolverines Saturday at Caswell Park.

With two outs, Schommer had a lengthy at-bat against MLA pitcher Molly Carnell. After seeing a variety of pitches from the righthander, Schommer hit a hard grounder that was booted by the shortstop.

“I think I was nervous of course, but my coaches believe in me and I knew that if I got good contact I was going to make it,” Schommer said.

The Greyhounds were down 6-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh. There, the Greyhounds got a two-out single from Heidi Hoffmann that scored Sarah Mohr and Schommer to tie the game.

“I think we just stick together as a team, we knew we could do it and we can come back late in games, it’s just gotta get done,” Schommer said.

Josie Pautzke went eight innings to earn the win. She gave up six runs and allowed seven hits. She struck out five.

Carnell took the loss. She also went the distance and allowed seven runs on seven hits.

The Greyhounds scored an early run in the second inning after Abby Beranek scored. MLA responded with three runs in the top of the third inning, but the Greyhounds got a run back in the bottom of the third after Schommer scored on a throwing error.

The Greyhounds took a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning after Lily Franta hit a slow roller to first. Franta collided with the MLA first baseman, allowing Mohr and Schommer to both score on the play after the first baseman fell to the ground and was unable to throw the ball.

Margo Stoesz hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to put the Wolverines up 5-4 and they added another run in the sixth inning for the 6-4 lead before Cathedral rallied and advanced to play Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s.