Cathedral edges Indians
SLEEPY EYE – Nate Palmer tossed 4 1/3 innings of four-hit ball and added two hits along with teammate Jake Stadick as New Ulm Cathedral edged Sleepy Eye 5-2 Friday in a Tomahawk Conference baseball game.
Palmer allowed two runs in getting the win. Tyler Blackstad and Josh Kienlen held the Indians scoreless in relief.
John Mangen took the loss for the Indians (4-6). He went six innings and permitted four runs on five hits. He struck out nine.
Palmer and Stadick each drove in two runs.
Mat Berkner had two hits for Sleepy Eye.
“We had a very nice baseball game today,” said Cathedral coach Bob Weier, who saw his team move to an 8-3 record. “We played solid fundamental ball – we made the plays defensively. Our pitchers threw strikes (one walk in the game) and we executed offensively and we used the stolen base.”
Sleepy Eye coach Aaron Nesvold agreed that Cathedral executed well in the game.
“They took advantage of our mistakes,” he said. “That was the difference – they executed better than we did.”
And the Indians were their own worst enemy as they stranded five runners on base. But three of them were left in scoring position.
Cathedral took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Stadick stroked a one-out single. He took second on a passed ball and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrifice fly.
But the Indians knotted the game in the bottom of the inning when Berkner singled. A passed ball, an infield single from Mangen and a throwing error by Greyhound catcher Jack Schwartz allowed Berkner to score.
Cathedral responded with single runs in fourth and fifth innings.
In the fourth, Gabe Knowles singled, stole second and third (two of seven stolen bases in the game by Cathedral) and scored on a Palmer bunt single.
In the fifth, Stadick was plunked by a pitch. He stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Indians’ catcher Matt Schroepfer.
Helget’s second sacrifice fly upped the lead to 3-1.
Brandon Polesky’s single, a stolen base and an RBI single from Berkner ended Palmer’s day on the mound. Blackstad came in and fanned both Schroepfer and Mangen to end the threat.
In the top of the sixth, Knowles was hit by a pitch, stole second and came home on a Palmer base hit to right field.
Cathedral scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Despite the loss, Nesvold was happy with the performance of John Mangen and his nine strikeouts and five hits through six innings.
“That is what he has done all year,” Nesvold said. “He has kept us in ballgames. We make a couple of plays behind him and it is a different result.”