Eagles knock off St. Peter
NEW ULM – The New Ulm baseball team knows that the postseason is right around the corner.
And it might be argued that the Eagles are playing their best baseball of the season as they defeated St. Peter 6-1 in South Central Conference action at Johnson Park Thursday.
The Eagles (12-3) won their fifth straight game and have three more games left on the regular season schedule. They host Northfield at 5:30 p.m. today at Johnson Park.
Cole Dulas led the Eagles with three hits and two RBIs. He stole a base and scored two runs.
Wyatt Peterson earned the win for the Eagles. He allowed four hits in six innings and he gave up a single run in the top of the first.
Jarin Spence pitched the top of the seventh inning and hit a batter and walked a batter.
“The last four games, we’re [hitting the ball well],” Dulas said. “We’re taking the pitchers right away and starting big.”
Joe Atkins took the loss for St. Peter. He went six innings and allowed 11 hits and six runs.
The Saints got on the board right away in the top of the first inning after Dylan Connor doubled to score Ryan Hoehn. After that, Peterson and the Eagles’ defense was in control of the game.
“We’re happy, we’re looking toward the end of the year and we think we’re going to go big this year,” Dulas said.
New Ulm scored three runs in the bottom of the first to grab the lead for good. Tanner Kluis reached on an error and Blake Neumann walked to lead off the inning. Both of them later scored and Dulas later singled, stole second and scored on a Spence RBI single.
It was important for the Eagles to bounce back after allowing a run in the top of the first.
“It got us our intensity back up,” Dulas said. “They got that double [that scored a run] and we just came back firing.”
New Ulm scored a single run in the bottom of the third. Dulas singled with two outs and Spence singled to move him to third. Dulas crossed the plate after Peterson laid down a bunt toward third base that put the Eagles ahead 4-1.
The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kluis and Neumann both scored on Dulas’ third hit of the game for the final 6-1 margin.
Kluis sand Neumann each scored two runs and Spence had a pair of singles for the Eagles. Peterson also had two hits.