The Mayer Lutheran softball season has come to an end, after the No. 9 (North) seeded Crusaders fell to the No. 8 Mustangs of Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart on May 20 in the play-in round of the Section 2A tournament.
Playing on neutral ground in New Ulm, the Mustangs defeated the Crusaders in a 6-1 game. Mayer Lutheran went 1-2-3 outs in the top of the first inning before BLHS came up and hit the ball fairly hard, knocking down two doubles and two singles to push two runs across the plate.
“It is what it is,” said LHS head coach Kris Gustin. “They came out and hit the ball and knocked it around.”
Mayer Lutheran was able to hold BLHS to just one run in the next four innings eventually leading to a 6-1 loss.
The Crusaders collected just three hits on the day. Eighth grader Mya Chmielewski was the team’s first base runner after singling in the third inning.
Mayer Lutheran had its best chance to score in the fifth inning, when two BLHS errors put two Crusader runners on the bags with no outs.
“But we struck out twice,” Gustin said, before senior Josie Peters sent a ball to deep left field that was unfortunately within reach of the BLHS defender.
Freshman Sophie Flucas scored the team’s only run of the game, on a solo home run shot to center field in the sixth inning.
Throughout the game, the Crusaders struggled to put runners on the bags and connect with the ball.
“We just didn’t get enough base runners,” Gustin said.
Mayer Lutheran’s three hits came from Chmielewski, Flucas, and sophomore pitcher Rachel Zittergruen, who threw the entire game for LHS.
The Mustangs went on to lose to No. 1 (North) New Ulm Cathedral later that evening. Look for a full season wrap up of the LHS softball season next month.
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