COPY-New Ulm Softball Team Wins First State Title
New Ulm had a wild first day in the 2-A tournament, seeing the Eagles score two in the 7th inning against Kasson-Mantorville and go on to win 3-2 in eight.
Then New Ulm beat Maple River 4-3, scoring the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th.
Today the Eagles were in search of the school's first softball championship, hoping for a much easier go of it, as they took on the Huskies of Saint Anthony Village.
New Ulm gets to work early in this one, with three runs in already and bases loaded when Ellie Schneider reaches and scores Sydney Schuck on Mary-Clare Couillard can't decide which base to throw to...4-0 Eagles.
The Huskies would claw their way back to tie it and then take the lead in the 5th when Emily Olson drives in Aiyana Ledwein with a shot down the left field line...5-4 Saint Anthony Village.
New Ulm would be down to their last at bats, and the Heart attack kids do it again with Kristen Forstner hitting one up the middle to score Abby Kamm to tie it at five and send it to extra innings.
8th inning sees bases loaded again for the Eagles and Brittany Hoffmann at bat when a passed ball allows Schneider to score from third to put New Ulm in front.
Hoffman still up and she would add some insurance runs in the form of a three run homerun thanks to some help from the leftfielder who had the ball bounce out of her glove and then over the fence...the homerun put the Eagles in front 9-5.
New Ulm nearly needed it with Saint Anthony Village loading the bases in the home half of the inning, but Eagles pitcher Kelsy Kannegiesser gets Olson to ground to Schuck over to Jill Gareis, and New Ulm is the 2A champions, earning their first state softball title, 9-5.