Panthers came to play

Published 9:15 am Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva catcher Hannah Lundberg jumps up for a catch in Wells on Tuesday. -- Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

WELLS — It was a night for rivalry as the United South Central baseball and softball teams hosted New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva on Tuesday.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva’s pitcher Sam Lundberg threw his first game on Tuesday since April 9.



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NRHEG baseball had a 4-0 lead after the third innng, but USC didn’t let it bother them.

“We were cruising along pretty good and USC’s Lucas George hit a three-run homer,” NRHEG coach Jeff Reese said.

Despite the home run, the Panthers still took home a 4-1 win.

The game was Panthers’ Sam Lundberg’s first game since April 9 due to a shoulder injury.

“He threw real well tonight,” Reese said. “It’s nice to have him back on the mound.”

USC baseball coach Pat Frank said he was proud of the way his team competed in the seventh inning.

“We competed hard and made the game close,” Frank said. “NRHEG is a good ball club. We play them again in a couple weeks and hopefully we can come out ready to play then too.”



United South Central’s Chantel Goebel catches the ball just after Panthers’ Tori Rainman slides into second.

USC softball coach Sue Summer said the Rebels’ six errors cost them their win.

The Panthers softball team won 7-2 and committed three errors.

The game was close after the bottom of the fourth with the Panthers leading just 3-2.

It was short lived as the Panthers picked up four runs in the fifth for the win.

The Panthers and Rebels will face each other again on May 10 in New Richland.

The softball teams will play at 4:30 p.m. and the baseball game will start at 5 p.m.



A ball is thrown to United South Central’s Trey Allis on Tuesday at a home game against the Panthers.

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 5, United South Central 4


NRHEG 013 000 1

USC 000 000 4

WP — Sam Lundberg 6 IP, 4 BB, 7 SO

LP — Jason Huper 5 IP, 3H, 4 BB, 4 SO


NRHEG hitting: Jake Staloch 2-4, 1 RBI; Tyler Sorenson 2-3, 3B, 4 RBI; David Lassahn 1-4, 2B


USC hitting: Shawn Redman 1-3, 2B, 1 RBI; Lucas George 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 HR; Collin Becher 1-3; Chris Melby 1-3



New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 7, United South Central 2


NRHEG 021 040 0 — 7 7 3

USC 011 000 0 — 2 3 6


WP — Jade Schultz (NRHEG) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 11 SO

LP — Cassidy Latusek (USC) 7 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 SO


NRHEG hitting: Anna Stork 1-3, 2 B, 1 R, 1 RBI; Mandy Deml 2-3, 2B, 1 SB; Schultz 1-4, 2 R, 1 SB; Tori Rainmann 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB; Hannah Lundberg 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB; Tara Simon 1-4


USC hitting: Chantel Goebel 2B, 1 RBI; Bailey Klingbeil 1 H, 1 RBI; Latusek 1 H; Mariah Legred 1 SB; Heidi Weibold 1 H