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New Ulm Blue drops final game of Windmill Classic to NYA Central

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm Blue’s Abi Mathiowetz is tagged out sliding back to third during New Ulm’s final game of the Windmill Classic Tournament on Sunday at Jefferson Elementary.

NEW ULM — After a bye to start the day was followed up with a two-inning 10-10 tie, New Ulm 16U Blue dropped its final game of the day 7-5 to the Norwood Young America Central Raiders in five innings of Windmill Classic Tournament softball action on Sunday.

Blue’s 10-10 tie was Sunday morning against 612 Navy. Each had game a one-hour, 15-minute time limit.

In the final game of the day for Blue on Sunday afternoon, starting pitcher Kendal Conrad pitched five innings in the no-decision and had five strikeouts.

Despite striking out three times in the top of the first, NYA Central still managed to score three runs in the inning for an early lead. New Ulm got a run back in the bottom of the inning after a double by Morgan Ranweiler was followed up with a bunt single by Abi Mathiowetz and an RBI single to left from Becca Kuck.

NYA Central added a run back in the third on an error to lead 4-1 before New Ulm had a four-run bottom of the inning. In that bottom half of the inning, Mathiowetz had an RBI double to have New Ulm down 4-2. Kuck then reached on an error that got Mathiowetz to third before Conrad singled in Mathiowetz for a 4-3 score.

Kuck scored on a wild pitch before an RBI groundout from Sophia Cooke led to the final run of the inning and a 5-4 New Ulm lead.

NYA Central scored another run on an error in the fourth to tie it at 5-all and re-took the lead in the fifth on a dropped pop-up with the bases full that scored two. Abby Rathmann had a two-out single in the bottom of the inning for Blue, but the Raiders forced a popout to end the game.

Mathiowetz’s two hits led New Ulm’s bats. No stats were available for Blue’s game with 612 Navy.

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