Gold advances to title game, Guggisberg nets perfect game

NEW?ULM?- New Ulm Legion Gold starter Nick Dewanz was not sharp in the first inning against Sioux Falls East as he allowed three hits and three first inning runs.

But he was in command for the final six innings as Gold scored six unanswered runs to come away with a 6-3 win against Sioux Falls East in the Upper Midwest Classic.

Dewanz allowed just four hits in the final six innings to earn the win.

Justin Miller took the loss for Sioux Falls East.

Tanner Kluis and Drew Pfaff each had two hits for New Ulm.

Matt White collected two hits for East.

With the win, New Ulm Gold won Pool “A” and will now play Burnsville on Sunday at 9:30 at Johnson Park.

Chaska amd Eastview will tangle at 12:30 p.m. with the winners meeting at 2:30 p.m. for the title at Johnson Park.

“This game is all predicated on that guy on the mound,” said New Ulm coach Bob Weier. “[Dewanz] came out a little shaky – he had not really pitched in about two months. After he got his rhythm going and got a little confidence – confidence in his breaking pitch instead of always throwing that first-pitch fastball – he was much better.”

Two base hits and an error produced the East runs before Gold slowly clawed their way back.

New Ulm scored twice in the bottom of the second when Tanner Kluis rapped a one-out double and scored on a Drew Pfaff single. Pfaff then raced home on a Wyatt Pererson single to left field.

Gold then plated two runs each in the fourth and fifth inning.

In the fourth, Kluis singled before Pfaff legged out an infield single with Kluis taking third on a throwing error on the play.

Pfaff stole second before Gold pulled off a successful double steal to tie the game at 3-3

Dewanz then helped his own cause with a bloop single that hugged the right field line to give New Ulm a 4-3 lead.

“Hats off to our team,” Weier said. “We got down 3-0 but we fought back. We used some unorthodox ways of scoring runs and we were successful.”

New Ulm added two insurance runs in the fifth. Grant Kannegiesser reached on an error and Meyer beat out an infield single.

A Kluis flyout moved Kannegiesser to third before Meyer swiped second. Pfaff struck out but reached first on a wild pitch that also allowed Kannegiesser to score.

Another double steal added New Ulm’s final run.

“You can win the game by running the bases and executing some of our offensive strategies,”?Weier said. “Tonight we did both. Very happy for the kids – we get to play Sunday and gain some more experience.”

Guggisberg nets perfect game

When New Ulm Gold’s Jordan Guggisberg took the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning against Rosetown, the outcome of the game was already decided.

New Ulm Gold had hammered out 11 hits and held a 15-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

The question on the minds of the fans there was “will Guggisberg complete a perfect game?”

Through the first four innings, the righthanded Guggisberg had set down 12 straight batters and with the 10-run rule in effect, he needed to set down the next three batters in order achieve history.

Guggisberg retired Evan Young on a fly ball for the first out and then struck out Mike Stansy for out number two..

Guggisberg then faced pinch-hitter Brexton Minder for the possible final out. He got Minder in a 1-2 hole before retiring him on a swinging strike three to end the game and earn the perfect game.

“I just tried to hit my spots.” said Guggisberg, who struck out four and threw just 49 pitches in the game. “My defense was behind me, I never got tired. I know that it is warm out but the heat does not affect you when you have something like that going.”

Guggisberg said that getting a big lead right away was big ( 6-0 after two innings and 13-0 after four innings).

“You do not to have as much pressure on you,”?Guggisberg said. “You can let your defense do the work.”

Grant Kannegiesser, Chase Meyer, Tanner Kluis and Wyatt Peterson each had two hits in the game with Peterson driving in three. Meyer, Tim Kehren and Guggisberg each drove in two runs.

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