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Greyhounds cruise to 11-1 win over Jaguars

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm Cathedral’s Justin Berg (9) slides into second and beats the tag applied by Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther’s McKenna Benck on Thursday in a nonconference baseball game at Johnson Park.

NEW ULM — Four New Ulm Cathedral pitchers combined to hold Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther hitters to three hits and six different Greyhounds hitters each collected a hit as New Ulm Cathedral closed out their home regular season with an 11-1 win over the Jaguars Thursday at Johnson Park.

The game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run lead rule.

It was also a game where history was made when the first female high school varsity baseball player played at Johnson Park when GHEC/T/ML’s McKenna Benk played second base for the Jaguars.

She went 0-2 with a walk.

Carter Haala, the second of four pitchers used by Cathedral in the game, got the win as the Greyhounds improved to 16-2 overall.

Jake Finstad started and went two innings and fanned four. Haala tossed the third inning and he was followed by Levi Franta, who pitched two innings. Isaiah Rieser pitched the sixth inning and allowed the lone run.

Cathedral will close out their regular season Monday at BOLD in a 5 p.m. first pitch.

Kaeden Mayes took the loss for the Jaguars (6-8) allowing four runs in four innings of work.

Brody Kirschstein had a double for the Greyhounds with Owen Pyan and Kirschstein each drove in two runs.

For the Greyhounds and head coach Alan Woitas, the game was one where everyone contributed.

“And it was an good opportunity to get out and play another game,” he said. “Our pitchers all threw strikes.”

It was also a game where Woitas planned to use a lot of pitchers.

“That was the plan,” he said. “We had guys who needed to get some work, so we used this as an opportunity to get some work before postseason.

“And we wanted to make sure we got all of our seniors in this game and they did a nice job leading the way.”

Cathedral took a 1-0 leads in the bottom of the first when they scored twice. Cater Haala singled and took second on a passed ball. He scored on a Justin Berg single. Berg raced home on a Kirschstein double.

The Greyhounds added a run in the third when Isaiah Rieser walked stole second and took third on a throwing error. He trotted home on a Haala sacrifice fly.

It became 4-0 in the fourth when David Wilfahrt singled and swiped second. He scored on an error.

Levi Franta’s lead-off single sparked a four-run inning.

An error, a walk and a balk added a run. A Kirschstein sacrifice fly, a walk to Markus Friendshuh and an Pyan single made it a 8-0 game.

The Jaguars broke into the scoring in the sixth before Cathedral added three runs in the sixth to end the game by the 10-run lead rule.

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