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Season ends in section tournament

The opportunities were there for the NRHEG baseball team. Unfortunately, the key hits were not.

The result was a season-ending 5-0 loss to LeSueur-Henderson Friday, May 26 in the opening round of section play. Combined with a 9-1 nonconference loss to Zumbrota-Mazeppa earlier in the week, the Panthers finished 6-14 overall. They were 4-8 in the Gopher Conference.



After playing the heavily favored Giants close for four innings, the Panthers’ season came to an abrupt end with the home team plating three runs in the sixth to put it away.

“Overall, I thought we played a solid four innings of baseball,” said NRHEG coach Drew Paukert. “We had our opportunities offensively. We just couldn’t come through with a clutch hit when we needed it.”

Jack Schultz started on the mound and pitched well, allowing three earned runs on five hits, walking five and fanning four. The defense let him down with three errors.

TCU shuts down Panthers in post-season

And just like that, it’s over for the 2017 NRHEG High School softball team.

The Panthers’ season ended abruptly in the opening round of post-season play at Montgomery Wednesday with a 4-1 loss to Tri-City United.

It may have been a quick ending to the season, but not totally unexpected as coach Wendy Schultz’s Panthers were seeded No. 10, three spots below TCU.

The Panthers struggled offensivly against TCU starter Elly Novak, who held them without a hit through four innings and finished with eight strikeouts. Skylar Lembke singled with two outs in the fifth to break up the no-hitter. Before that, the Panthers had just two baserunners.

They finally assembled a mini-rally in the seventh, when Natalie Aaseth had a one-out single and scored on a double by Alexis Anderson. Back-to-back strikeouts ended the uprising.

NRHEG senior to play basketball, softball at Iowa college

FOREST CITY – Kayley Camerer looks to provide in the paint on the hardwood while producing at the plate on the softball diamond as she continues her athletic career as a dual-sport athlete at Waldorf University.

Camerer, an Ellendale, Minn. native and senior from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School, signed letters of intent with the Warriors on April 23.

"It is a surreal feeling to be able to continue both basketball and softball," Camerer said. "It shows that all the hard work I put into for both sports paid off."

A 5-foot-11 center, Camerer was a four-year varsity letter winner and started for NRHEG the past two seasons.

"Kayley comes from a winning program that has had some excellent seasons over the past few years," Waldorf women's basketball coach Katie Schutjer said. "She was part of a program this season in particular that worked extremely hard to be winners and ended her senior campaign with a state tournament berth."