Eagles are one-and-done in 3AA

NEW ULM – The seventh-seeded Pipestone Area Arrows scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to erase a 6-4 New Ulm lead and then added two more insurance runs in the sixth and went on to upset No. 2 seeded New Ulm 9-6 Saturday in the opening round of Section 3AA baseball play at Johnson Park.

Josh Mabon got the win in relief for Pipestone, going the final four innings. He allowed three hits.

Chase Meyer took the season-ending loss for New Ulm. Meyer was charged with seven runs in his five innings of work. He allowed nine hits. Tanner Kluis was tagged with the final two Pipestone runs.

Alex Ossefort, Brady Bos, Jaymes Zollner and Eric Buffington each had two hits for the Arrows. Gunnar Manderscheid and Buffington each drove in two runs.

Meyer and Jarin Spence each drove in two runs for the Eagles.

“They got some key hits and that was the name of the game,” New Ulm coach Jay Backer said. “They play in a very strong (Southwest) Conference. Their bottom half of the conference is better than ours. But I was surprised by what they did against Meyer – that surprised me.”

Pipestone, who lost 4-3 in nine innings to New Ulm in last year’s first round game of the Section 3AA tournament, jumped on Meyer for three runs in the first inning on an RBI double from Damien Skyberg and an error by New Ulm.

But the Eagles came back and knotted the contest with three runs off of Pipestone starter Justin Rops. Kluis and Blake Neumann walked before a Meyer double plated them both. Meyer scored on a Cole Dulas base hit and ensuing error.

Pipestone regained the lead at 4-3 in the second on a Brady Bos run-scoring single.

However, that lead was short-lived as the Eagles responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Grant Kannegiesser singled and a Neumann double scored courtesy runner Collin Kral. Judd Davis reached on an error before a two-run single from Spence brought in Davis and Neumann.

But those were the last runs of the season for New Ulm.

The Eagles threatened in the third when they left two runners stranded and again in the fifth and sixth innings when they loaded the bases but failed to score.

“We did get rallies going with two outs – we had our hitters up but did not get that clutch hit,” Backer said.

Pipestone scored three runs in the fourth to take a slim 7-6 lead but then pushed across two runs in the sixth.

“The key to the game was when they went ahead 9-6,” Backer said. “That took the wind out of our sails. We did have some rallies but did not get that clutch hit.”

“This is a very disappointing loss,” Backer said. “But I do not know if we were a team that could make a run to the section finals. But I thought that we could win a few games. But I do not know if section finals were realistic for this year’s team.”

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