VFW Gold routs Hutch to stay alive

SLEEPY EYE – In a reversal of fortunes, New Ulm VFW Gold got its bats going Friday one day after suffering a one-run loss at the hands of a fielding error.

Gold defeated Hutchinson 13-0 in five innings in its second game of the Northwest VFW subdistrict in Sleepy Eye thanks to big performances at the plate from its entire lineup. Gold coach Derek Wilfahrt said Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Dassel gave the team a different perspective heading into Friday’s game.

“We had a lot of success in the regular season, but when you get to playoffs anything can happen and we’re going to run into some good teams,” Wilfahrt said. “I think [Thursday] grounded us a little bit and maybe made us focus more [Friday].”

Gabe Knowles set the tone for Gold with his lead-off triple in the first, before he subsequently reached home plate on a passed ball during the next at-bat to start Gold’s scoring frenzy.

Five of Gold’s nine batters tallied multiple RBIs – including a three-run double by Connor Forbrook and two-run singles each by Jack Schwartz and Brandon Beranek.

“When your team hits, it’s nice to have run support,” said pitcher Bailey Batt. “It makes you confident; you can go hit those corners a little more.”

Batt got the win for Gold on the mound after riding the pine on Thursday. Hutchinson failed to score a run against Batt, who notched two strikeouts while walking one batter in four innings of work.

“He always throws strikes, he can throw any pitch in any count,” Wilfahrt said of Batt. “He’s got a ton of confidence in him, he doesn’t strike many guys out, lets the defense work, he works quick and the defense is always on their toes. He’s a great guy to have.”

Noah Corrow got the loss for Hutchinson. Leading up to his exit from the mound in the fourth inning, Corrow struggled to throw strikes after walking Irmiter and Schwartz, allowing Forbrook’s three-run dinger before walking Jesse Baumgartner and Beranek while throwing eight balls to one strike.

An RBI sac fly by Knowles and RBI singles by Alex Stark and Jarin Spence led to the pitching change with the score 9-0 Gold after 2 1/3 innings pitched for Corrow. Dylan Reid allowed four more runs to enforce the mercy rule, ending the game in five innings with Gold victorious 13-0.

Gold will play Mankato Maroon/Glencoe at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Sleepy Eye.

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