The Mayer Lutheran softball team moved to 3-1 with a win last week, downing Sibley East in a 12-0 win April 11.
“We played well,” coach Kris Gustin said. “Defensively we did a nice job. We had one error but it didn’t hurt us.”
While the bats have been hot to start the season and the defense has been strong, the Crusaders have been getting great performances from Tina Saulsbury on the mound. The junior pitcher has gone 16 innings since without an earned run, including five shutout innings last Tuesday while limiting the Wolverines to two hits.
“She’s throwing well for us,” Gustin said.
Though Saulsbury had a dominating performance at Sibley East, the Crusaders didn’t need it. Mayer Lutheran put 12 runs across the board, with eight players picking up hits. Mya Chmielewski and Sophie Flucas led the way with three each; Mallory Kuntz, Riley Corrigan and Saulsbury each had two; and Kate Strehlke, Symone Jopp and Anna Baumann all had one.
The Crusaders got on the board in the second inning when Strehlke scored Flucas on a ground ball. Mayer Lutheran then went on to have two big innings to end the game early.
A five-run third inning started off with Baumann and Chmielewski reaching base, with an error leading to Baumann crossing the plate. Flucas then hit an RBI double and Kuntz knocked an RBI single to score the next two runs, and a fly ball from Jopp led to two more runs to put Mayer Lutheran up 6-0.
In the fifth inning, Strehlke and Jopp reached base, leading to RBI singles from Baumann and Taylor Gabbert. Chmielewski then hit a three-run homer before Kuntz batted Flucas in on a single.
The Crusaders picked up a win by outhitting the Wolverines 13-2, while only committing one error compared to seven from Sibley East.
The win moves Mayer Lutheran to 3-1 on the season, 2-0 in conference play.
“We are happy with where we are at – obviously being 2-0 in the conference is a good feeling,” Gustin said.