Eagles score early and often

NEW ULM – Right in the middle of a busy week that has the team playing four games in five days, New Ulm’s baseball team doesn’t look tired at all. In fact, it is looking pretty good.

New Ulm scored five runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 7-2 nonconference win against Belle Plaine (5-2).

Jackson Yackley drove in three runs for the Eagles and Tanner Kluis scored three runs. New Ulm also stole six bases in the game.

“I think we’re seeing the ball really well, it’s helping that we’re getting a lot of good cuts,” Yackley said. “We’ve been doing a lot of live pitching in practice and I think that helps out.”

The Eagles went up to the plate with aggressive at-bats and an aggressive aproach on the bases to put Belle Plaine away early. New Ulm scored three runs in the bottom of the first, with an RBI each for Grant Kannegiesser, Yackley and Luke Irmiter.

The hitting continued in the second inning. Yackley’s two-run single scored Kannegiesser and Kluis to make it 5-0, more than enough run support for pitcher Wyatt Peterson.

“Coach tells us to go up there and hit the first pitch that’s the best pitch,” Yackley said. “If you go up there swinging hard, good things will happen.”

And plenty of good things happened on Tuesday, just one day after an emotional 11-1 win over Luverne. New Ulm took advantage of six Belle Plaine errors.

“It was a good team we faced today and I was worried after an emotional game that we would struggle,” Eagles coach Jay Backer said. “The kids came to the park ready to play and again, this was a good team that we played.”

Peterson went five innings for the Eagles. He allowed three hits and two runs. He struck out two.

The Tigers had a different pitcher every inning for the nonconference game. Joe Hankins started and took the loss. He gave up three runs in his inning pitched.

New Ulm (5-1, 2-0) returns to South Central Conference action on Thursday at Waseca. The Eagles finish the week at Worthington on Friday.

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