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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • St. Mary's softball team goes 2-2 in playoffs

  • The St. Mary’s softball team won two and lost two in the Section 2A tournament.
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  • The St. Mary’s softball team won two and lost two in the Section 2A tournament.
     
    On May 22, the Lady Knights hosted Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity where they defeated the Bulldogs 4-2.
     
    The game started off with plenty of action. LP/HT loaded the bases in the second inning, due to a walk plus a couple of hits gave them an opportunity to score. However, a pop fly caught from freshman Anna Lux ended the chances.
     
    The defensive efforts in the top of the second paid off in the bottom of the second, as St. Mary’s plated two runs to take a 2-0 lead. After two quick outs, a single was hit by junior Laura Pelzel followed by another single, this time from junior Natalie Schroepfer. It was then Lux who stepped up to the plate and hit a two RBI triple to put the Knights on the board.
     
    “We capitalized on errors and Anna’s triple with two outs scoring two got us going,” said Coach Wendy Owens on the win. “Pretty solid defense helped as well.”
     
    In the third, senior Emily Schumacher started the inning with a bunt which put her on base. Senior Karissa Fleck followed suit with a bunt of her own, and the Bulldogs made a throwing error to first on the play, which allowed Schumacher to score. The throwing error deemed to be a crucial one, as the Knights scored another run in the inning to take a 4-0 lead. The run came from an RBI single from senior Bethany Berkner. Freshman Emily Ludewig also recorded a hit in the inning.
     
    Lester Prairie finally got its bats going in the fourth, and scored one run but could have scored more. After a couple of hits and a double, the Bulldogs found themselves with players on base again only for the inning to end with a nice throw from senior Larissa Helget to home plate, where a Bulldog was tagged for the third out. The St. Mary’s defense continued to hold strong for the rest of the game, only allowing one more run in the seventh.
     
    Pelzel gets the win on the mound, throwing two strikeouts, one walk, two runs and seven hits. She also went 2-for-3 at bat. Lux meanwhile, went 1-for-2 with one triple and two RBI.
     
    On May 24, the Knights traveled to Caswell Park in Mankato where they took on New Ulm Cathedral in the third round of playoffs.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - It was a one-sided game from the start, as the Greyhounds scored eight runs in the first inning with a plethora of hits. St. Mary’s recorded eight total errors in the game, which didn’t help the situation.
     
    The only run scored for the Knights was in the fifth, when Helget hit an RBI double. Ashley Helget and Berkner each went 1-for-2 at bat. Defensively, Pelzel and Lux walked five runners and allowed one home run.
     
    A few hours later, St. Mary’s faced Martin County West in the loser’s bracket where the Knights won 5-4 to keep them alive.
     
    After a successful first and second innings with a lead of 2-1, St. Mary’s allowed the Mavericks to score three in the third inning to make the score 4-2 Martin County.
     
    The Knights had some opportunities in the bottom fourth after some hits and a walk loaded the bases, but the Mavericks slowly recorded the outs and St. Mary’s left all three runners on base. After another failed chance in the fifth, the Knights finally caught up in the sixth after a single from Lux plus a bunt from L. Helget. A throwing error from MCW scored one for St. Mary’s. After hits from Schumacher and Fleck loaded the bases, a clutch two RBI single was hit from junior Carly Hoffmann, which scored two to take the 5-4 lead which the team held on to for the rest of the game.
     
    On May 27, St. Mary’s took on Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity once again.
     
    The Bulldogs got on the board with three hits and another sacrifice fly gave them a 2-0 lead in the first. The Knights responded in the third after Lux hit a triple followed by doubles from L. Helget and Fleck scored two to tie it. Berkner added an RBI single to take the lead.
     
    However, Lester Prairie scored four in its own third inning, off of multiple Knight errors. St. Mary’s had some chances in the fifth and sixth innings, but left batters on as the Bulldogs went on to win 7-3.
     
    The Knights end their season with a winning record of 16-8 overall.
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