Wayzata and Mankato both blank VFW Silver

NEW ULM – New Ulm Silver lost both games that were played on Saturday at Johnson Park in the Junior Upper Midwest Classic VFW Tournament.

In the first game, Wayzata scored four runs in the second and sixth innings and one run in the third inning to down Silver 9-0, in six innings.

Alex Guggisberg was the losing pitcher for New Ulm Silver. Michael Skillings, Jackson Reinerts and Guggisberg were the only New Ulm players to get hits in the loss to Wayzata.

“We played solid, but they had those big innings. We need to get our bats going,” New Ulm Silver Coach Bob Skillings said after the first game.

In the second game of the day, Mankato defeated New Ulm Silver 5-0 in seven innings. Mankato took advantage of seven New Ulm Silver errors to secure the victory.

Mankato scored the first run of the game after Tyler Stoffel singled. Stoffel went to second base after Coopeiz Cooper flied out to right field. Conner Wollenzten hit a double that scored Stoffel in the first inning.

Kevin Marzolf led off the fourth inning with a single. Ryan Schlichte hit a single and he advanced to second on an error by New Ulm Silver. That error put Marzolf on third base. Both Marzolf and Schichte scored on another error to give Mankato a 3-0 lead at end of the fourth inning.

Mankato scored the final two runs of the game when they went up to bat in the fifth inning.

New Ulm was able to load the bases in the top of the sixth inning. Skilling and Evan Atzenhofer each hit singles. A Mankato error to first base loaded the bases. Reinerts came to the plate and hit a ground ball to the third baseman who threw to first base to end the threat.

Marzolf was the winning pitcher going the distance, striking out one batter, giving up five hits and no runs. Forbrook took the loss as he pitched the entire game for New Ulm Silver. Forbrook gave up five runs, eight hits, walked no batters and struck out one.

Alex Fischer was 1-for-4 with one hit. Skillings, Reinerts and E.J. Berdan were all 1-for-3 with a hit for New Ulm Silver.

“For us, it’s about improvement. I saw that (today) in our first complete pitched game (by Cooper Forbrook), and there were some good defensive plays, too.” Coach Skillings said after the second game.

“We minimized our errors and we kept Mankato to five runs-which was good for us. Mankato is one of the better teams. We had our chances. At this point, we are looking at the playoffs because our improvement in this tourney bodes well for us in the playoffs,” Skillings concluded.

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