New Ulm softball outduels Fairmont, 4-1

RUNDOWN FEELING — Fairmont shortstop Courtney Williams (left) chases down New Ulm runner Ashley Mehlhop, who was attempting to steal second base before reversing direction, during Big South Conference softball action Tuesday at Cardinal Field in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Perennial Big South softball powerhouse New Ulm utilized extra-base power in the latter innings to exit Cardinal Park with a 4-1 triumph over Fairmont on Tuesday.

Cardinals junior ace right-hander Jordan Ehlert and Eagles junior ace hurler Ashlyn Donner locked up in a 1-1 pitchers’ duel through four completed frames in Fairmont.

Donner clouted a leadoff home run in the top of the second inning to stake New Ulm to a quick 1-0 lead before Sydnea Brinkman spoiled Donner’s no-hit and shutout bids during the bottom of the third inning.

Brinkman launched a one-out double over the Eagle right fielder’s head before wheeling to third base when Mallory Mosloski dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt. Brinkman then knotted the game at 1-all by crossing the plate when Mallory Gochanour’s sharp grounder to first base was mishandled.

Donner then worked around plunking Ehlert in the bottom of the fourth frame before allowing an infield hit up the middle to Taylor Crissinger.

The New Ulm junior right-hander later gave up a two-out single to Courtney Williams in the sixth before Eagles third baseman Kaila Brudelie turned a double play in the seventh to end the game.

Ellie Bute singled, moved to second base on Ashley Mehlhop’s sacrifice bunt and later scored what proved to be the game-winning run on Joey Batt’s RBI single to right in the top of the fifth.

Brudelie and Forstner used their extra-base hits to help plate two insurance runs for the Eagles in the sixth. Brudelie, who doubled twice on the game, drilled a leadoff two-base hit in the sixth, but was thrown out at third base when Fairmont centerfielder Ericka Kim charged Donner’s one-hop single and pegged a strike to third base.

Erin Gleisner, Donner’s courtesy runner, circled the bases when Forstner hammered an RBI double off the left-field fence before Forstner scored on Mariah Piotter’s RBI single.

Donner recorded 10 strikeouts, walked two and hit one batter in allowing one unearned run on three hits in seven innings pitched to net the complete-game victory.

Ehlert gave up four earned runs on 10 hits, struck out four and did not issue a walk in seven frames of work to take the loss.

“I’d rather take a 4-1 loss to a program like New Ulm during this time of the year,” said Fairmont head coach Haley Loerts. “We hit the ball today, which we didn’t when she (Donner) no-hit us in the season-opener.

“I think we proved today we can play with good teams.”

Fairmont (7-8) plays host to Waseca at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Cardinal Park. New Ulm (11-1) plays for the Big South championship at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against an opponent to be determined.

NU 010 012 0 — 4 10 1

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Ashlyn Donner (WP) and Abbey Lee. Jordan Ehlert (LP) and Mariah Gochanour.

LOB–Fairmont 5; New Ulm 4. 2B–Sydnea Brinkman (F), Joey Batt (NU), Kaila Brudelie (NU) 1, Noelle Forstner (NU). HR–Donner (NU). SAC–Mallory Mosloski (F), Ellie Bute (NU) and Ashley Mehlhop (NU).

Hailey Meyers delivered the tiebreaking and eventual game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to guide Fairmont to a 3-1 victory over New Ulm during junior varsity action Tuesday in Fairmont.

Sydney Hainy doubled, singled and drove in one run for the Cardinals, while Maddy Moeller produced a pair of hits. Chloe Murphy and Kaitlyn Freese each contributed a hit

Jen Moeller allowed one run on four hits, struck out six and walked two in seven innings of work to earn the victory for Fairmont (9-1).

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 10, Martin Luther/GHEC/ Truman 4 — Madi Loken went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored to help the Bulldogs collar the Jaguars during Valley Conference action Tuesday in Truman.

Hailie Wheelock doubled, singled and scored two runs for JWP, while Katlyn Jaeger doubled home a run and scored once.

Cassidy Storjohann allowed four runs — only one earned — on 10 hits, struck out seven and did not issue a walk in seven innings pitched to earn the complete-game victory for JWP.

Lydia Steinhaus, Chloe Hartman and Lizzie Oothoudt each produced two hits to top the Jaguars’ effort. Lydia Steinhaus scored a run, while Hartman singled in a run.

Sarah Shane singled home a run and scored twice for the Jaguars, while Michaelah Petrowiak singled and scored a run.

Oothoudt allowed five runs — three earned — on three hits, struck out six and walked five in four frames to take the loss.

Marissa Steinhaus gave up five runs — all unearned — on four hits, struck out and walked two in three innings of relief.

The Jaguars play host to Madelia at 4 p.m. in Truman in a rescheduled conference game.

Martin County West and Cleveland split a doubleheader on Tuesday in Cleveland.

The hometown Clippers produced 10 hits to fuel a 5-1 victory over the Mavericks during the opener, which was deemed a Valley Conference contest.

Lily Hollerich belted a two-run homer and singled for Cleveland in Game 1, while Joie Weller and McKenna Robb each supplied two hits.

Robb hurled a three-hitter, striking out three and walking two in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory in the opener.

Jordan Stahl fanned five batters and did not issue a walk in giving up five runs on 10 hits in seven innings pitched for Martin County West.

Hannah Olson supplied one hit and the Mavericks’ only run in Game 1, while Madison Klima and Erin Tlam chipped in one hit apiece.

Mercedes Moeller unleashed three hits, including a pair of doubles, to drive in two runs to pace MCW’s 12-4 triumph over Cleveland in Game 2.

Alyssa Williamson generated two hits and two RBIs for the Mavericks, Shaylynn Anderson doubled and singled, while Sydnee Hein chipped in a single and two RBIs.

Williamson allowed four runs on five hits, struck out four and walked three in five frames of work to earn the Game 2 victory for MCW.

Lily Hollerich singled home two runs for the Clippers in the nightcap, while Robb chipped in an RBI single.

Weller allowed 12 runs on 13 hits, struck out three and walked six in five innings pitched to absorb the loss for Cleveland.

Martin County West (9-4, 7-1 Valley) faces Cleveland in a rematch at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Valley Showcase game in Mankato.