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MVL, Cathedral split

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Kaiden Hammerschmidt throws to first baseman Zachary Riederer for an out during the first game of a doubleheader with New Ulm Cathedral on Thursday at Johnson Park.

NEW ULM — A New Ulm Cathedral throwing error in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Connor Johnson ground ball scored Cole Thompson from third and lifted Minnesota Valley Lutheran to a 2-1 win over the Greyhounds Thursday night in the second game of a doubleheader. Cathedral won the first game 2-1

Cole Thompson also picked up the win for the Chargers, now 7-1 in conference play and 8-1 overall.

Carter Haala, who held MVL hitless for 6 1/3 innings, took the loss for Cathedral (5-2, 4-2). Haala, who threw 70 pitches in his stint, allowed just one hit — a single by Cole Thompson — and struck out five.

Luke Thompson started for MVL and went 3 2/3 innings and was charged with one run. He allowed two hits.

Cathedral had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Brody Kirschstein walked and stole second. He scored when Carter Haala helped his own cause with an RBI single.

Cathedral held that 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth when MVL tied the game without the aid of a hit.

Zach Riederer walked and Garrett Parker was safe on an infield error.

Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before a Leyton Brau sacrifice fly scored Riederer to tie the game, setting the stage for the Chargers’ win.

In the first game, Cathedral righthander Sam Knowles allowed just two hits and one run — all of them coming in the fourth inning — as the Greyhounds came away with a 2-1 win. Knowles struck out seven and did not issue a walk.

Josh Giefer took the hard-luck loss for MVL.

He went seven innings and scattered four hits and fanned four.

Cathedral scored a run in the third on a throwing error before MVL tied it up in the fourth inning on singles from Caleb Carlovsky and Cole Thompson.

The Greyhounds’ eventual winning run scored on David Wilfahrt base hit.

Both MVL coach Jim Buboltz and Cathedral coach Alan Woitas felt that each team played solid games. In two games, the two teams pitching staffs threw well.

Catedral’s pitchers allowed a combined four hits while MVL’s held Cathedral bats to nine hits.

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