Clutch hitting lifts New Ulm
NEW ULM – Clutch hitting has been one of the strengths of the New Ulm Eagles’ baseball team this season.
Saturday afternoon was another example.
Alex Stark and Tyler Dittrich each laced one out RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 5-4 St. Peter lead and righthander Chase Meyer came in to record the save as New Ulm slipped by St. Peter 6-5 at Mueller Park in a South Central Conference game.
Bailey Batt got the win for New Ulm in relief of stater Wyatt Peterson. Batt pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, taking over for Peterson in the top of the fifth after Peterson allowed five run.
Collin Thompson took the loss for St. Peter (7-7, 5-4).
Alex Hoehn and Caleb Ebeling each had two hits with Ebeling rapping a double and a three-run home run.
Stark and Brach Kraus each had two hits for New Ulm, now 8-1 in the SCC and 15-3 overall.
“This was a well-played game against two teams that know each other,” said New Ulm coach Jay Backer. New Ulm defeated St.Peter 4-0 on Thursday. “It is fun baseball when you get a game like that.”
New Ulm did damage in the bottom of the third inning when it scored four runs off of the lefthanded Thompson.
Stark reached on a single to left field before Dittrich was safe on an error.
Kraus’ bunt single loaded the bases with no outs. Judd Davis followed with a run-scoring single to left field for a 1-0 lead. Dittrich scored one out later on a Tanner Kluis sacrifice fly. Kraus later scored for a 3-0 cushion.
Meyer’s two out single to center brought in Davis to increase the Eagles’ lead to 4-0.
And it looked like those runs were enough for Peterson, who worked out of a St. Peter threat in the fourth inning.
It appeared even safer when Peterson got the first two outs of the fifth inning. But sometimes the toughest out of an inning to get is the third one.
After those two outs, St. Peter used consecutive singles from Alex Hoehn and Ryan Hoehn before Tom Steidler got the Saints on the board with a two-run double.
Bailey Kurth followed with a base hit before Ebeling drove a Peterson offering over the fence in right field for a 5-4 St. Peter lead.
“Wyatt had a little bit of arm issues and could not get through it,” Backer said. “He has pitched well for us all year.”
In the home half of the sixth, New Ulm again found a way to win.
Jackson Yackley walked and moved to second on a Jarin Spence sacrifice bunt. Stark then got his second hit of the game witha game-tying base hit followed by a Dittrich opposite-field single to right field for the lead.
“We played some clutch baseball today,” Backer said. “And now we put ourselves in a position that if we beat St. James (at home) Monday we know that we are guaranteed a share of the (SCC) title. Our goal was to get to the St. James game with one loss. St. James is a rival.”