Late surge lifts MVL past Wabasso

NEW ULM – Minnesota Valley Lutheran pieced together four runs along with two Wabasso errors in the bottom of the sixth inning to come away with a 7-3 win Thursday afternoon at Mueller Park in a Tomahawk Conference game.

Nick Dwanz got the win in relief for the Chargers. He went five innings and fanned seven.

Nick Fischer started for MVL going the first five innings and yielding all three runs. He also struck out seven.

Neil Eichten was tagged with the loss in relief of starter Josh Altermatt. Eichten also went the final two innings and had two of the Rabbits’ four hits.

“I was happy with the way that we kept battling, ” said MVL head coach Jeff Schoenherr. “We kept a positive attitude all game.”

The teams entered the bottom of the sixth inning tied at 3-3 when two Rabbits errors started the rally with one out.

Chad Lease reached on an error by Altermatt before Eric Westpahl was safe on an error by second baseman Caleb Frerick. That allowed Westpahl to score the go-ahead run.

Noah Edwards followed with an RBI double before Jacob Mielke singled in the second run of the inning.

Nick Fischer then delivered the biggest hit of the inning with a two-run single for a 7-3 lead.

It was an inning where the Chargers, who had been held to a first-inning single by Dewanz, came alive with their bats.

“Hitting is contagious when one person puts the ball in play,” Schoenherr said. “All of a sudden another batter gets a hit. Hopefully we can keep doing that.”

The Chargers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Dewanz’s base hit and a wild pitch.

Wabasso knotted the contest in the third on a two-run single off of the bat of Dirk Pistulka and then grabbed a 3-2 lead an inning later on a walk, a hit batsman and an Eichten double.

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