New Ulm pounds Lakers
NEW ULM – In an ordinary baseball game, committing three errors would be costly to a team.
But in Thursday night’s amateur baseball game, those three errors were an afterthought in New Ulm Kaiserhoff’s 16-6, eight-inning victory against Lake Crystal at Johnson Park.
This is mainly because Lake Crystal bested Kaiserhoff in that category by committing seven errors of its – four of which were tied to Kaiserhoff runs.
“Obviously you’d like to run a game without errors,” Kaiserhoff coach Tim Reinke said. “We went into tonight wanting to play aggressive, and maybe I take a little bit of that on me. When we play aggressive, then we may overrun a ball, we may try too hard or run past it.”
Reinke said his team’s aggressive play was a direct response to its 17-1 loss to Shakopee earlier in the week.
River Valley League all-star selections Jordan Schneider and Ben Wolf came up big for Kaiserhoff in the win. Wolf went 3-for-6 with three RBIs – including a two-run triple in the fifth inning – and one run scored. Schneider, on the other hand, had the play of the night when he belted a three-run shot over the right-field ivy fence to put Kaiserhoff up 12-4 in the bottom of the fifth.
“It helps pitching with a big lead and anytime we can score some runs, it’s my job to not give them up,” said pitcher Andy Stolt. “I kind of failed doing that in the fifth inning.”
With a 5-1 lead, Stolt encountered some trouble in the top of the fifth inning 59 pitches into his start. After giving up two straight hits and walking leadoff hitter Ryan Kapsner, Stolt gave up three runs to allow the Lakers to pull to within one run.
Kaiserhoff’s offensive surge that immediately followed with a seven-run fifth inning then relieved Stolt of his worries en route to earning the ‘W’ on the mound.
“It was nice to see us break out and hit double-digit hits,” Reinke said. “We need that going into these next couples games. The bats have been quiet, so this is good; this is a confidence-builder for us at the plate.”
Like Schneider and Wolf, Dan Reinke and Brandon Johnson also had three RBI each. The four drove in a combined 12 of the team’s 16 runs in the game.
Kaiserhoff will return to action on Sunday, when it will take on St. Peter. First pitch is expected for 6 p.m.
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