DeWanz perfect in Game 1 split

NEW ULM – Minnesota Valley Lutheran’s Nick DeWanz gave his father a baseball birthday present in the first game of a doubleheader against Comfrey/Cedar Mountain on Friday afternoon at Mueller Park.

The senior righthander tossed a five-inning perfect game against the Rockets in a 10-0 win.

DeWanz struck out four, throwing 47 pitches. Coincidentally, it was his father Kevin’s 47th birthday.

“This was a great accomplishment but I could not have done it without my teammates,” DeWanz said. “They were behind me making some amazing plays that seemed routine for them. My inside fastball was pretty good.”

Zach Kelly took the loss for the Rockets. He allowed seven hits.

Chad Lease led the MVL attack with two hits and drove in two runs.

The game was marred in the bottom of the fourth inning – an inning when the Chargers scored seven runs – by a collision between C/CM third baseman Riley Berkey and left fielder Andrew Richter on a fly ball from Jacob Hoffmann down the left-field line. Berkey was injured and taken to the New Ulm Medical Center by ambulance.

MVL scored two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run single off the bat of Lease.

The Chargers then added seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. A Lease single and a walk of DeAndre Parker led to singles from DeWanz and Eric Westpahl. A walk to Sam Genelin made it a 4-0 MVL lead.

Hoffmann’s double on the injury to Berkey made it 6-0. Alec Gratz’s RBI single moved MVL to a 7-0 lead before two wild pitches made it a 9-0 game.

“I looked and said ‘Wow, I can get this done,” DeWanz said of what he thought heading into the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, DeWanz got it done when he reached second on an error, went to third on a groundout and came home on a wild pitch to end the game.

“I am really happy with the way the guys played,” said MVL coach Jeff Schoenherr. “I am still trying to regather myself after that injury. But Nick did an awesome job. We teach pitchers to go out and throw strikes and use your defense. We made the key plays.”

That did not happen in Game 2. Chase Rahe’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh lifted C/CM to a 4-3 win against the Chargers.

Mitch Treml got the win for the Rockets while Jacob Mielke absorbed the loss.

Colton Kunkel had two hits for C/CM.

Both teams were guilty of four errors. Two of the Rockets’ four runs were unearned.

CCM led 2-0 after three innings thanks to two infield errors.

But MVL came back with three runs in the top of the sixth, two of them coming on a base hit by DeWanz.

But the Rockets used base hits in the bottom of the seventh from Chandler Rose, Drew Dallenbach, Austin Windschitl and Rahe to stage the comeback to split the doubleheader.

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