Gold sweeps Mankato
By Jeff Meder
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM – New Ulm Gold edged Mankato American 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Mueller Park in American Legion baseball action.
Gold then won the second game 11-5.
Gold got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Grant Kannegiesser singled and he stole second base. Judd Davis singled to drive in Kannegiesser for the game’s first run. Gold had the bases loaded later in the inning, but it was unable to score any more runs.
Mankato tried to mount a threat of its own in the second inning. Gold pitcher Chase Meyer struck out three batters after yielding one hit.
Jordan Guggisberg walked and he went to second base on a wild pitch. Judd Davis hit a single that scored Guggisberg for the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the second inning.
Mankato had its chances to score, but Gold kept Mankato at bay.
Mankato’s lone run came in the sixth inning on a fielder’s choice.
Brad Kunz hit an infield single, but he was thrown out when he tried to steal second base. Lee Marxen walked to have one runner on base. Meyer struck out Pat Rohlfing and a Mankato batter flied out to right field to end the game and give New Ulm Gold the win.
Meyer was the winning pitcher for New Ulm Gold. Meyer pitched seven innings, gave up one run and four hits. He struck out four batters.
Arlen Ness was the losing pitcher for Mankato.
Davis was 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI. Kannegiesser was also 2-for-4 with two hits, a stolen base and one run scored.
In the second game, Guggisberg pitched five innings for the win.
Gold scored eight runs in the second inning to put the game away. New Ulm (19-7) is the top seed in next week’s Second District playoffs. Gold hosts St. Peter on Thursday.