Gold shuts out Sleepy Eye

NEW ULM – Tyler Dittrich scattered six Sleepy Eye hits and went 2-for-3 at the plate driving in two runs as New Ulm Legion Gold blanked Sleepy Eye 4-0 Monday night at Mueller Park.

Dittrich fanned five and walked just two.

Mike Hirsch took the loss for Post 7. He went four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Elliot Braun was charged with the final two New Ulm runs in his two innings of work.

Dittrich was the only player on either team with more than one hit. Gabe Knowles had a double for New Ulm while Judd Davis scored two runs.

“Overall, Tyler got ahead of hitters tonight and did a good job,” New Ulm coach Jeremy Drexler said. “He does not throw hard but he changes speeds well and that keeps hitters off-balance.”

“I thought that Mike (Hirsch) did a nice job for us especially coming off the tough weekend on pitching (with the Upper Midwest Classic),” said Sleepy Eye coach Scott Salfer.” He ate some innings but we did not get some key hits. Overall we played pretty well.”

Gold plays at 8 a.m. Friday morning in the Gopher Classic when they play Aurora, Colo. Gold scored the only runs that they needed in the bottom of the third inning.

Knowles doubled and Davis walked to start the inning.

Both runners moved up a base on a Tanner Kluis’ sacrifice bunt. After Nick Dewanz lined out for the second out, Dittrich helped his own cause with a two-run single to left field.

“He was the only player who really showed up for us at the plate. He hit three balls hard tonight,” Drexler said. “I thought that we were flat tonight – maybe it was a hangover from the Classic. Neither team looked like they really wanted to be here tonight.”

Sleepy Eye, now 5-6 on the season, had its biggest threat of the game in the top of the fourth inning.

Jon Kopacek drew a one-out walk and took second on a Hirsch groundout.

John Brandl then laced a two-out single to center field and when Kopacek tried to score, he was thrown out at the plate.

“That was a coaching error on me,” Salfer said. “I held him up a little bit. But we had more opportunities than that.”

New Ulm scored two more runs in the fifth off of Braun. Davis reached on an error and Kluis singled to left field.

Davis tagged and went to third on a Dittrich fly out to centerfield and scored on a wild pitch.

Jake Gieseke walked before Brach Kraus was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An infield base hit from Luke Irmiter scored Kluis.

“Overall it was a quick, sharp game,” said Drexler as his team improved to 14-5 overall.

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