New Ulm Silver moves on

WINNEBAGO – Just call them the comeback kids.

For the second straight day, New Ulm VFW Silver came from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up a victory.

Silver remained alive in Southwest Subdistrict play after bouncing back to defeat Lake Crystal 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh inning. The win avenged a loss earlier in the day to St. James that sent Silver to the elimination bracket.

Alex Guggisberg had a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh that scored two runs and New Ulm (5-17) advanced to the third day of action.

Spencer Landsteiner earned the win in the second game in relief of Michael Skillings. Landsteiner didn’t allow a run in three innings pitched.

Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, New Ulm’s Adrean Castillo led off the seventh with an infield hit. Alex Fischer followed with a bunt single and both runners moved up a base on Cooper Forbrook’s sacrifice bunt.

Skillings’ walk loaded the bases and that set the stage for Guggisberg, who delivered his second and third RBIs of the game.

“We saw Lake Crystal earlier this year and we thought that we could play a good game with them,” coach Bob Skillings said. “Earlier on, we were making mistakes that would cost us a lot of runs. We still make mistakes, but I think the kids have grown a lot this year and we’re executing the plays.”

Lake Crystal scored the first run of the game in the first inning, but New Ulm put together a big inning in the bottom of the third. Silver strung together five straight hits with two outs to go ahead 4-1.

Lake Crystal scored a single run in the fourth inning and then re-took the lead at 5-4 in the top of the fifth.

But once again, New Ulm used some small ball and clutch hits to mount the comeback.

“We’ve worked hard on the fundamentals this year and our mission is development,” coach Skillings said.?”With bunting, every time we take B.P. [batting practice], we work on sacrifice bunts and drag bunting and I think we’ve executed the bunt very well this year.”

In the first game against St. James, Silver led 3-2 after five innings, but New Ulm was unable to hold on and gave up two runs in the bottom of the sixth that led to St. James moving on.

Alex Guggisberg took the loss for New Ulm. He delivered two wild pitches in the bottom of the sixth that led to the tying and go-ahead run. Guggisberg went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.

David Bradley went seven innings for the win. He allowed three runs and gave up five hits.

St. James scored two runs in the bottom of the third on Branson Peterson’s two-run double. New Ulm tied the game after scoring twice in the top of the fourth, both runs coming in on E.J. Berdan’s two-run single with the bases loaded.

New Ulm grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fifth after Alex Guggisberg had an RBI single, but Guggisberg was wild in the top of the sixth. With runners on second and third, Guggisberg had two pitches go to the backstop in the inning and St. James re-took the lead.

New Ulm will play the winner of Blue Earth and Wells at 1 p.m. Saturday in Blue Earth in an elimination game. If New Ulm wins, it plays at 4 p.m. against the loser of St. James and Fairmont.

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