Section 3AA softball: New Ulm eliminates Pipestone Area
MARSHALL -- With a trip to the state tournament on the line, the New Ulm Eagles swept two games with the Pipestone Area Arrows, forcing a second game after winning 5-4 in nine innings then knocking off the Arrows in Game 2, 8-1.
"(New Ulm) came out and played really well," Pipestone Area coach Troy Bouman said. "We had opportunities in the first game to possibly push the winning run across, but we just couldn't get a big hit when we needed to."
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead after taking advantage of two walks by Arrows starting pitcher Tasia Woelber and picking up a pair of singles. New Ulm added another run in the top of the fourth to increase its lead to four.
The Arrows cut the lead to one on the back of five straight singles in the bottom of the fourth with Paige Peterson, Tiffany Woelber, Kelly Nettik and Megan Remund all getting hits. Remund's single drove in two runs, with the third coming on a ground out by Tasia Woelber.
"We battled today, there is no question about that," Bouman said. "We came into the game and gave all we could. It just comes down to getting hits at the right time."
The Arrows tied the game at four when the Eagles pitcher was called for a balk in the bottom of the fifth with a runner at third.
From there, it became a pitchers duel with neither pitcher blinking over the next two innings of regulation.
The game remained tied after the seventh, forcing the game into extra frames.
After both teams went three-and-out in the eighth, New Ulm picked up a one-out double from Brittany Hoffmann in the top of the ninth to put a runner in scoring position. Kali Denn followed up Hoffmann's double with an RBI single to give the Eagles the lead.
New Ulm forced Pipestone Area to pop up the ball three consecutive times in the bottom of the inning to end the game and force Game 2.
In the second game, the Arrows took the lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Tiffany Woelber, scoring Cassie Evans from second.
The Eagles answered back with two runs of their own off of Tasia Woelber in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. New Ulm added five more runs in the fourth on three hits and a pair of errors by the Pipestone Area defense.
Kelly Nettik came in to relieve Woelber with one out in the fifth and allowed one run to the Eagles in the sixth.
"It is tough to come back when you lose that first game and find a way to get a 'W'," Bouman said. "You have to give the (New Ulm) kids credit for how they came out and scored runs when they needed to, especially in the middle innings."
Pipestone Area finished the season 19-3 and lose seven seniors from this year's team, including Amanda Haupert, Mikayla Enger, Laura Rudie, Tasia Woelber, Cassie Evans, Tiffany Woelber and Paige Petersen.
"I'm real proud of our girls," Bouman said. "They came out and played really hard for us all year. It just happens that it didn't turn out the way we would have liked it to."
R H E
NU 003 100 001 -- 5 8 1
PA 000 310 000 -- 4 7 1
R H E
PA 100 000 0 -- 1 4 3
NU 200 501 x -- 8 11 0