Eagles cruise by Blue Jays
NEW ULM – All that needs to be known about New Ulm High School’s first inning Tuesday afternoon is that the Waseca starting pitcher needed 31 pitches to get to the top of the second.
New Ulm sent 12 men to the plate and scored eight runs as it cruised by Waseca 11-3 in a South Central Conference game at Mueller Park.
Chase Meyer earned the win for New Ulm, now 5-1 in the SCC and 12-3 overall. Meyer went five innings as he upped his personal mark to 3-1 on the season. The righthander scattered four hits and allowed three runs.
Connor Forbrook pitched the final two innings fanning four and allowing one hit.
Sylvester was charged with the loss. He went just one inning and allowed eight runs on four hits.
Judd Davis paced the Eagles’ offense with three hits including a double and triple. He scored three runs.
Jarin Spence added two hits, including a double while Grant Kannegiesser drove in two runs.
Cody Ulfers had two hits and drove in two runs for Waseca, now 0-5 in the SCC and 2-11 overall.
“We came out against a pitcher that last year gave us fits,” said New Ulm coach Jay Backer. “We were aggressive in the strike zone and hit the ball hard that first time through.”
And if the Eagles’ batters were not hitting Sylvester’s offerings, New Ulm was finding ways to get on base.
After Davis led off the bottom of the first with a single, Sylvester walked Kannegiesser before plunking Tanner Kluis to load the bases with no outs.
A Meyer groundout scored Davis before a walk to Jackson Yackley and a Spence base hit made it 2-0. Alex Stark’s RBI single increased the New Ulm lead to 3-0 before an error allowed Spence to score.
The second Waseca error of the game made it a 6-0 New Ulm cushion before Kannegiesser laced a two-run single for an 8-0 Eagles’ lead after the first inning.
New Ulm did not score again until it scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and two more runs in the fifth inning.
“We did not adjust to a slower pitcher [Jack Packowski] after the first inning,”Backer said.
But the Eagles really did not need to with Meyer in command.
Waseca cut the lead to 8-1 in the third and later 9-3 in the fifth.
“Chase pitched well,” Backer said. “He was around the plate – he threw hard. He has not thrown a lot of innings this year but he will be ready to go in the postseason.”
New Ulm pushed two runs across in the fifth when Brach Kraus walked and raced home on Davis’ triple down the right field line.
“Judd stung the ball well today and played solid defense and Tanner also stung the ball today,” said Backer.
New Ulm now plays St. Peter at 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Park in a big SCC game.
“We will get a challenge there,” Backer said.
Saturday will also be “Junior Baseball Day” at Johnson Park. All junior baseball players wearing their uniform tops get in the game free and will be able to run the bases and get autographs from the varsity players following the game.