VFW Gold pounds Renner

NEW ULM – Following New Ulm VFW Gold’s 10-2 loss to Tonka on Thursday, Gold coach Derek Wilfahrt said that his team would “bounce back” Friday.

That may have been an understatement.

New Ulm scored four runs in the first inning added six more in the second before capping off the bottom of the fourth with nine runs as it blew by Renner, S.D 19-2 at Johnson Park.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run lead rule.

A.J. Lassas was the beneficiary of the New Ulm offense getting the mound win, going three innings and allowing one run while fanning four.

Chase Norton took the loss for Renner. He allowed eight runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Cooper Yackley, Nick Fischer, Cooper Forbrook, Bayler Kraus Brandon Mehlhop and E.J. Berdan all had two hits as New Ulm out-hit Renner 16-5.

Kraus and Berdan each had three RBI while Lassas, Mehlhop and Alex Fischer each had two RBI. Kraus had a triple while Fischer had an inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning.

“Good things happen when you hit the ball,” said New Ulm coach Derek Wilfahrt. “They had quite a few errors (six) and we got base runners on and got them moving. Good things happen.”

Hitting the ball was evident Friday for Gold but what was also a plus was the tean speed that Gold displayed in the forms of Hoffmann, Kraus, Lassas and Fischer. Hoffmann legged out a groundball to shortstop beating the throw by a step to start the four-run first inning. Kraus delivered a three-run triple and then scored on a Mehlhop base hit.

Gold tacked on six more runs in the second when Yackley and Hoffmann reached on errors before Lassas drove in a run with a groundout. A Nick Fischer RBI single, Mehlhop’s second RBI single and a two-run double courtesy of Berdan made it a 9-0 game. Yackley’s single made it 10-0.

Wilfahrt knows that the speed that his team has is a weapon.

“I like the speed that we have,” he said. “I like stealing bases and making defenses move. We have speed and if we can get them on good things happen.”

Gold added nine runs in the fourth ignited by an inside-the-park home run to center field by Alex Fischer. A fielder’s choice and an error on a Hoffmann groundball to second – perhaps hurried by Hoffmann’s speed – kept the inning going.

“He (Hoffmann) has not been thrown out stealing this year,” Wilfahrt said. “He has to realize that with two strikes he has to put the ball in play and wheel it out. It makes defenses play in, which opens up more gaps.”

“We need to pick up a couple of wins today and we will be good,” said Wilfahrt.

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