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New Ulm Blue 16U wins silver championship at Windmill Classic

Nicollet takes 2nd in gold championship game

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Gracie Baker swings at a pitch during a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School in New Ulm on Sunday.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Blue 16U softball team won the silver championship at the Windmill Classic Softball Tournament in New Ulm on Sunday.

High school division games were played at New Ulm High School and Jefferson Elementary.

New Ulm defeated the Gamblers 6-5 to win the silver championship and finish the tournament 3-1. Blue lost to the Gamblers out of St. Charles earlier in the tournament 3-2 but defeated Roseville in their third game of the day to earn a rematch with the Gamblers in the silver title game.

The Nicollet Raiders also had a strong 3-1 showing in the tournament, suffering their only loss in the tournament in the gold championship game against Pipestone 5-4 to finish second in the tournament. The Raiders defeated Willmar 6-3, Bloomington 9-0 and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 5-2 to earn the right to play for the gold championship.

New Ulm started the day with a 17-0 shutout of Bloomington before the Gamblers took a 3-2 win in New Ulm’s second game of the day. New Ulm bounced back with an 8-6 win over Roseville before finishing with the silver title win over the Gamblers.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Shelby Serbus catches a throw to first during a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School in New Ulm on Sunday.

In New Ulm’s win over Bloomington, Cali Koop led the Blue bats by going 3 for 3 with a triple, while Megan Brudelie was 2 for 3 with a triple and Gracie Baker was 2 for 3. Brudelie also got the win in the circle in two innings and allowed three walks while striking out six.

In the loss to the Gamblers, New Ulm was left without a hit but saw Koop pick up an RBI and a walk, while Amber Moll had an RBI and Chloe Kachelmeier had a walk and a run scored. Brudelie pitched all four innings of the game in the loss, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out five.

In the win over Roseville, Shelby Serbus was 2 for 2 with two RBIs to lead New Ulm at the plate, while Baker was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and Koop was 1 for 2 with a double and an RBI. Also for New Ulm, Maddy Meyer was 1 for 2 with an RBI, while Brogan Hulke was 1 for 2 and Lily Poehler was 1 for 2. Brudelie pitched three innings and allowed three hits and six walks while striking out four. Makenna Lagare pitched one inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.

In the silver championship win, New Ulm was led again by Serbus, who was 2 for 2 with a double, while Baker was 1 for 2 with a triple and an RBI and Kiera Sullivan was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs. Meyer was 1 for 2 with three RBIs also, while Hulke was 1 for 2. Lagare pitched 4 1/3 innings in the win, allowing five hits and four walks while striking out three.

In Nicollet’s win over TMB, Brooklyn Bode was 1 for 2 with a triple and three RBIs to lead the way at the plate for the Raiders, while Leah Bode was 1 for 1 with a triple and an RBI. Taylor Wilking was 1 for 1 while Jacelyn Wilking and Brooke Grommersch each scored a run. Leah Bode got the win in the circle.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Cali Koop watches her hit into the outfield during a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School in New Ulm on Sunday.

In the win over Bloomington, Brooklyn Bode was 3 for 3 with a triple and a double, while Leah Bode was 2 for 2 with a homer, a triple and five RBIs. Jazmyn Goettlicher added a single, while Cason Forbrook, Kamryn Truebenbach and Lydia Martens each scored a run. Leah Bode pitched again and earned the win.

In the win over Willmar, Zoie Rengstorf was 2 for 2 for Nicollet, while Leah Bode, Brooklyn Bode and Goettlicher each had a single. Forbrook and Truebenbach each scored a run for the Raiders in the win, while Leah Bode again earned the win in the circle.

In the championship game, Nicollet was led by Leah Bode at the plate, who was 2 for 2 with two triples, while Goettlicher and Truebenbach each had a single. Leah Bode pitched again and took the loss.

Sleepy Eye went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating Wabasso 3-2, Willmar 5-3 and TMB 11-0. Taylor Berkner got the win in the circle against Wabasso and TMB, while Reagan Beadell got the win against Willmar. No other statistics were available.

Wabasso went 1-1-1 in the tournament, falling to Sleepy Eye 3-2 before beating TMB 6-5 and tying with Willmar 11-11. Aylah Jenniges got the win in the circle against TMB. Sara Carlson had an inside-the-park homer in the tournament also for the Rabbits. No other statistics were available.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Chloe Kachelmeier runs to third base in a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at Jefferson Elementary in New Ulm on Sunday.

Byron took first in the 10U tournament on Sunday.

The 12U and 14U tournament games Saturday were canceled due to rain, while Sunday’s first games were pushed from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. start times. All games had a one-hour time limit.

Staff photo by Jeff Meder Sleepy Eye pitcher Taylor Berkner winds up to deliver a pitch in a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School in New Ulm on Sunday.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Nicollet’s Brooklyn Bode throws a pitch to first in front of shortstop Lydia Martens during a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School on Sunday.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Nicollet’s Breah Hendrickson swings at a pitch during a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School on Sunday.

Staff photo by Jeff Meder Wabasso pitcher Aylah Jenniges looks in at her catcher before delivering a pitch in a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School in New Ulm on Sunday.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Sleepy Eye’s Jace Schauman (1) gets a five from her coach after reaching third base in a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School on Sunday.

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Nicollet’s Kam Truebenbach swings at a pitch during a Windmill Classic Softball Tournament game at New Ulm High School on Sunday.

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