Lakers hold on to beat Brewers 10-5
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM – The standings in the Tomahawk East League got a little tighter after Wednesday night.
Hanska scored seven runs in the top of the third before sealing the contest with three more runs in the ninth, scooting by the New Ulm Brewers 10-5 at Johnson Park.
Dayton Larson got the win for Hanska. He went seven innings and allowed five runs on eight hits.
Wade French took the loss for New Ulm. French went six innings and allowed seven runs. He struck out two.
Ben Wolf had four hits for Hanska with Kevin Larson adding two hits and three RBIs.
Brady Ranweiler had three hits for New Ulm with Judd Davis added two. Brady Ranweiler had three RBIs with French driving in two runs.
With the loss, the Brewers drop to 14-4. Hanska improves to 12-4 while Stark, which New Ulm hosts Sunday, is at 12-3.
For the Brewers and manager Al Flor, it was a simple receipe for defeat.
“You cannot give them extra outs,” Flor said. “You give a team extra outs, they take advantage of them, they score runs – that is the way that baseball works.”
New Ulm took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Garrett Fischer, who had a steal of home in the seventh inning, reached on an error. He scored on a Brady Ranweiler RBI single.
But the Lakers took advantage of two fielder’s choices that did not result in an out, two walks and costly error to score seven runs in the third.
Dusty Wilfahrt singled and was sacrficed to second by Gabe Knowles.
Jason Retzlaff coaxed a walk before a Ben Wolf single loaded the bases.
Micade Thordson laced a groundball to Brewers shortstop Davis, who fielded the ball cleanly. But his throw home to try and force out Wilfahrt was not in time.
Eric Portner drew a walk to force in a run before Kevin Larson delivered a two-run double for a 4-1 Lakers lead. A fielder’s choice on a Derek Wilfahrt groundball in which no out again was recorded upped the lead to 5-1. An error and another fielder’s choice increased the lead to 7-1.
New Ulm tried to claw back in the sixth when Fischer singled and later scored on a fielder’s choice.
The Brewers then took a chunk out of the Lakers’ lead wth three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
A two-run single from Brady Ranweiler and a Fischer steal of home pulled New Ulm close at 7-5.
But Hanska scored three runs in the ninth on a Wolf double, a Larson RBI single and a two-run double from Grant Kannegiesser.