Kaiserhoff tops Fairfax
NEW ULM – Errors and misplays in a baseball game are like petting a stray dog. Sometimes they won’t hurt you, but there are other times when they bite.
Sunday afternoon, the New Ulm Kaiserhoff benefitted from two big Fairfax errors in the fifth inning to score six runs and then added two more runs in the eighth inning thanks to a hit batter, a wild pitch and a passed ball as the Kaiserhoff topped Fairfax 9-6 in a River Valley League game.
It was the Kaiserhoff’s second straight win after two losses.
Mike Schlottman got the win for New Ulm. He went 7 1/3 innings and was charged with six runs.
Mason Bleick took the loss for Fairfax.
Jordan Schneider had two hits for New Ulm. Schlottman and Keith Bessmer each drove in two runs.
Brandon Kerling had three hits for Fairfax (0-2) and drove in two runs.
“We got down (3-0) and I mentioned to (assistant coach) Dale Schlottman) that we seemed flat,” said manager Tim Reinke. “But we kept battling back. We hit the ball well and put up six runs in the fifth.”
New Ulm trailed by 3-0 after the Cardinals scored runs in the second inning on a two-run single from Kerling and a bases-loaded walk to Scott Palmer.
The “K” cut the lead to 3-1 on a Dan Reinke sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Erik Curry singled with one out before Dominic Comacho walked and Ben Wolf was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A free pass to Jordan Schneider added another run. Matt Bergman followed with a fly ball to left fielder Lucas Seehafer who misplayed the potential out into two more Kaiserhoff runs. An errant pick-off thrown walk and a two-run single from Keith Bessmer moved New Ulm to a 6-3 lead. Prior to Bessmer singling, his foul fly was dropped alowing him to hit again. Pat Bock’s base hit added another run.
Fairfax countered with three runs in the top of the eighth, but New Ulm responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Schneider singled and moved to second on a Bessmer sacrifice bunt. Bock was hit by a pitch. A fielder’s choice, a walk and a wild pitch gave New Ulm insurance runs.
“We started out slow against Chanhassen and Henderson,” said Reinke. “But we have picked up our hitting. We had 10 hits on Friday and eight today.”