Gold finishes strong at Classic
NEW ULM – New Ulm Legion Gold righthander Chase Meyer survived a three-run Prior Lake sixth inning as New Ulm Gold won 4-3 in the final Saturday game of the Upper Midwest Classic.
Meyer struck out eight and allowed just four hits while walking two to get the win for Gold.
Andrew Gabbard took the complete-game loss allowing nine hits while fanning six.
Gabe Knowles and Judd Davis each had two hits for New Ulm.
“Chase pitched a great game tonight,” said Gold coach Jeremy Drexler. “He had that one bad inning but he was able to work out of it.”
Gold, which was eliminated from Sunday with a 9-4 loss earlier in the day to Plover, took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Knowles led off with a single before Davis drove a triple to deep center field to score Knowles. Davis scored on a Nick Dewanz sacrifice fly.
New Ulm added a single run in the fifth when Wyatt Peterson legged out an infield single and scored on Knowles’ RBI double.
Gold used a Prior Lake error in the sixth to add another run.
Grant Kannegiesser reached third on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Probst. Jake Gieseke coaxed a walk before Tanner Kluis’ sacrifice fly brought in Kannegiesser.
Meanwhile, Meyer was holding Prior Lake, a team that had pounded out 15 hits in an earlier game, to just one hit through five innings, that being a one-out single from Kyle Manderfeld in the third.
At one point, Meyer sat down 10 straight Wizards hitters.
Prior Lake ended up getting to Meyer in the sixth. Taylor Wildgren singled and he scored on a Taylor Edwards’ triple.
Tommy Kearting walked before Jonny Houston brought them both in with a double.
Meyer walked Austin Truso before he got Kyle Schmidt on an inning-ending fly ball.
Meyer then sat down Prior Lake in order in the seventh.
Drexler said he thought that his team played well for the most part besides the missed fly ball due in large part to dusk.
Gold hosts Sleepy Eye at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Mueller Park before beginning play in the Gopher Classic on Friday. Gold will face Aurora, Colo., in its first game.