Eagles knock around Blue Earth

NEW ULM – If it had been warm enough for mosquitoes, the New Ulm Eagles baseball team would have knocked them around Johnson Park, too.

New Ulm hammered out 13 hits and scored seven runs in the first inning to cruise past the Blue Earth Area Bucs 7-1, moving them to 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in the South Central Conference.

The Eagles also got sparkling performances from a trio of pitchers, Tanner Kluis, Andrew Stewart and Tyler Dittrich.

“This is the second game in a row we’ve come out aggressive and attacked the fastball,” New Ulm coach Jay Backer said. “We’re seeing the ball really well. Plus, we got quality pitching from all three guys. For them to pitch this well in the cold weather, it’s a good sign when the warmer weather comes.”

Kluis breezed through the top of the first, striking out two. Then Judd Davis opened things up for the Eagles by reaching on an error, taking second on an errant pickoff throw from Bucs hurler Alec Huber, and scoring on Jackson Yackley’s single to right. Kluis followed with a fly ball that dropped out of the right fielder’s glove, putting him at second and Yackley on third.

Yackley made it 2-0 on Grant Kannegiesser’s single, followed by another single by Wyatt Peterson that brought home Kluis. A bases-clearing double to right by Dittrich made it 5-0.

Alex Stark continued the hit barrage with a single to right, with Connor Forbrook’s single to left making it 6-0. Brach Kraus then reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and lifted the Eagles lead to 7-0 when he scored on Yackley’s second single to right.

Kluis pitched a scoreless second, with Stewart giving up the only BEA run in the fourth before Dittrich pitched the final three innings and not allowing any runners past second base.

The three New Ulm pitchers combined for seven strikeouts while giving up just one walk and allowing seven hits. For the Eagles, Yackley was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Dittrich was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Stark and Davis were 2-for-3.

New Ulm hosts Luverne at noon Monday at Mueller Park.

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