May 7 Game 1: St. Mary’s 4, New Ulm Cathedral 3; Game 2: St. Mary’s 6, New Ulm Cathedral 5

New Ulm Cathedral hosted St. Mary’s on May 7 for a softball doubleheader in which the Lady Knights barely prevailed.

St. Mary’s scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning. The Greyhounds scored three of their own also in the fourth inning, but the Knight’s defense held the Greyhounds to only those three for the rest of the game.


Pitching: Maddy Helget 7 IP, 30 BF, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 3 BB.

Other: Bethany Berkner 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI;

Deonna Brinkman 2-4, 1 R;

Helget 1-3, 1 2B;

Karlie Heiderscheidt 2-3.

In game two, New Ulm Cathedral took an early lead, but the Knights had a great fifth inning and scored five runs. The Greyhounds tied it up at 5-5 at the top of the seventh, but junior Deonna Brinkman had a game-winning RBI for St. Mary’s in the bottom of the seventh.

“We started out slow in the second game, but put things together at the right time to pull out this win,” St. Mary’s coach Wendy Owens said. “Great team effort all the way around.”


Pitching: Laura Pelzel 7 IP, 34 BF, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 K, 2 BB.

Other: Larissa Helget 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B;

Bethany Berkner 2-4, 1 R;

Jenna Hose 2-4, 1 2B;

Maddy Helget 2-3;

Pelzel 1-3, 1 R;

Deonna Brinkman 1-4, 1 RBI.

May 9 Game 1: St. Mary’s 16, Sleepy Eye Public 5; Game 2: St. Mary’s 11, Sleepy Eye Public 10

On May 9, the Sleepy Eye cross-town high schools played each other in a doubleheader. St. Mary’s took control of the first game after they scored eight runs in the fourth inning. The Indians couldn’t come up with enough hits to catch up, even after they had four less errors than the Lady Knights.


St. Mary’s

Pitching: Laura Pelzel 6 IP, 32 BF, 5 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB.

Other: Maddy Helget 4-4, 3 R;

Larissa Helget 4-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI;

Emily Schumacher 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI;

Andrea Schwartz 1-1, 1 R, 1 2B.

Sleepy Eye Public

Pitching: Carly Jensen 3 2/3 IP, 28 BF, 13 R, 10 ER, 12 H, 3 K, 4 BB;

McKayla Ahlrich 2 1/3 IP, 12 BF, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 2B, 2 K.

Game two started strong for Sleepy Eye Public. The Indians scored five runs in the third and another two in the fourth inning. But in a drastic turn of events, St. Mary’s caught up in the sixth inning with seven runs. From that point on, it was a back-to-back battle on both sides.

Solid pitching by both St. Mary’s Laura Pelzel and Sleepy Eye Public’s McKayla Ahlrich, led the game into five extra innings. But after a close play at first from a base hit by Larissa Helget, junior Karissa Fleck was able to hit in Helget to win the game in the bottom of the 12th.

“This was a hard fought game,” Sleepy Eye Public coach Tim Hoffmann said. “A few mistakes cost us the win.”


St. Mary’s

Pitching: Maddy Helget 2 1/3 IP, 17 BF, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 K, 1 BB;

Laura Pelzel 9 2/3 IP, 38 BF, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 2B, 4 K, 2 BB.

Other: Larissa Helget 4-7, 3 R;

Maddy Helget 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B;

Karissa Fleck 2-7, 1 R, 2 RBI.

Sleepy Eye Public

Pitching: McKayla Ahlrich 12 IP, 58 BF, 11 R, 9 ER, 19 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 7 K, 1 BB.

Records: St. Mary’s 9-3 overall, 5-1 conference.