New Ulm falls to St. James 5-3

WINDOM – A late rally by the New Ulm baseball team fell short as St. James eliminated it from Section 3AA playoff action with a 5-3 victory.

New Ulm ends its season at 17-5 while St. James improves to 14-8.

St. James will play at 5 p.m. in Marshall in another elimination bracket game.

St. James scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning and made it difficult for the Eagles. Tyler Witcraft and Justin Stevens scored on Ryan Menssen’s single that landed just past Judd Davis’ reach. One pitch later, Walker Froehling hit a two-run triple to make it 4-0.

“We knew their bottom third of the order couldn’t get on because their top four hitters hit the ball well,” New Ulm coach Jay Backer said. “Our game plan was we can’t let 6-9 [in the lineup] get on.”

Menssen earned the win for the Saints. He went six innings and gave up five hits and all three runs. Froehling earned the save, but there was some drama as he stranded Grant Kannegiesser at second to end the game.

New Ulm scored its first run in the fourth inning after Alex Stark doubled to drive in Jackson Yackley. New Ulm starter Chase Meyer gave up a solo home run to No. 9 hitter Bransen Petersen in the bottom of the fourth to give St. James a 5-1 lead.

New Ulm rallied in the seventh when Wyatt Peterson led off with a single and scored on Judd Davis’ triple. That triple ended Menssen’s stint and Froehling was greeted by a Kannegiesser double to make it 5-3.

Froehling struck out the final three batters to end the game.

Meyer went the distance in the loss. He gave up seven hits, five runs and he struck out 12.

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