Leavenworth edges New Ulm
NEW ULM – After a 20-2 regular season mark, the New Ulm Brewers’ play-off run is on life support.
Leavenworth used a strong pitching performance from Briar Braulick and a struggling Brewers offense that saw New Ulm strand 13 runners on base as the Orioles edged New Ulm 6-5 in a Region 2C playoff game.
Brady Mosenden took the loss for New Ulm.
The loss drops New Ulm to 1-2 in the playoffs behind Lamberton at 3-0 with Springfield and Sleepy Eye both at 2-1. Leavenworth also has a 1-2 record.
Zach Mickelson, Briar Braulick and Jordan Anderson each had two hits for Leavenworth.
Aaron Pfaff and Chris Peters each had two hits for New Ulm.
New Ulm plays Lamberton tonight in a do-or-die contest.
Leavenworth took a 3-0 lead on Mosenden, a draftee from Hanska, in the top of the second after two were out.
Derek Skovbroten, Brian Schwartz and Anderson all singled before Mickelson delivered a two-run double.
The Orioles made it 4-0 in the third when Andy Cook scored on an error.
But the Brewers knotted the contest in the bottom of the inning.
Aaron Pfaff reached on an infield single before Braulick issued walks to Cory and Brady Ranweiler. A Wade French sacrifice fly plated Pfaff to cut the lead to 4-1. Chris Peters’ RBI single and a two-run double from Zach Hoffmann brought the Brewers even.
Both teams scored runs in the fourth inning with Leavenworth using a two-out triple to center field by Mickelson and a throwing error on the play.
New Ulm responded in the bottom of the inning on a Jason Shaul triple and a Brady Ranweiler groundout.
The score remained tied until Leavenworth scored in the top of the seventh.
John Cook laced a two-out double and raced home on a Braulick base hit.
New Ulm threatened in the bottom of the eighth when Cory Ranweiler doubled and Brady Ranweiler was issued an intentional walk.
That paid off for Leavenworth as Braulick fanned Zach More for the final out of the inning.
In the ninth, Landon Rewitzer and Drew Pfaff reached on two out singles before Shaul’s sinking fly ball was ruled a catch on a diving grab by Orioles’ second baseman Skovbroten to end the game.