2-out runs hurt Gold in loss

By?Jim Bastian

Journal Sports Writer

NEW ULM – Sometimes getting that third out in an inning can be the hardest one to get.

New Ulm Legion Gold found that out Wednesday night against Waconia.

Post 150 scored six of its runs after two outs and went on to top Gold 8-3 at Mueller Park.

Ryan Schuman was the winning pitcher for Waconia. He went six innings and allowed just three hits and two runs. He fanned seven.

Nick Dewanz was charged with the loss for Gold (9-2). He went four innings and allowed three runs. Collin Helget pitched two innings and permitted five runs. Nate Palmer threw a scoreless seventh inning.

Jacob Herd and Roch Whitaker each had three hits with Herd driving in four runs.

Gold coach Jeremy Drexler summed up New Um’s fortunes in 11 words.

“Two pitches and two plays in the field were six runs.” he said. “We had an 0-2 pitch go for a passed ball and we did not see a fly ball late in the game.”

In the second inning it looked like Dewanz was going to ease through it after he retired the first two hitters before getting Dylan Lindner on an apparent third out on a strikeout. But the ball was not handled by catcher Luke Irmiter and Lindner reached first.

Waconia made the mistake hurt as Cody Tucker followed with a walk before an infield base hit from Jason Bullis loaded the bases.

Jacob Herd then laced a three-run triple to left field for a 3-0 Waconia lead.

New Ulm, which plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hutchinson, scored a run in the botttom of the third when Brach Kraus reached on a bunt single and raced home on a double by Gabe Knowles.

Waconia added two more runs in the fifth off of Helget when Blake Pistulka reached on a fielder’s choice. A Whitaker single and a walk to Jake Stevenson loaded the bases. Cole Sawyer singled in a run before a wild pitch by Helget yielded another run.

Meanwhile, the righthanded Schuman was in command of Gold hitters.

“We were flat tonight,” Drexler said. “We did not put the ball in play tonight with runners in scoring position [Gold left five runners on base in the first five innings]. You do not win games if you do not put the ball in play.”

Gold did manage another run in the fifth on a sacrifice groundout by Judd Davis.

But Waconia used that two-out magic in the top of the sixth. Tucker singled with one out before Herd laced a two-out double that was lost in the dusk. Pitstulka and Whitaker each followed with singles before a passed ball added another run.

Gold scored a cosmetic run in the seventh on a Wyatt Peterson double and an error.

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