Brewers crush Fairfax
NEW ULM – The New Ulm Brewers bounced back from Wednesday night’s loss to Hanska with a 10-2 victory against Fairfax in a non-league amateur baseball game on Thursday night at Johnson Park.
Leadoff hitter Aaron Pfaff led the offensive attack for the Brewers (15-4), having gone 4-for-5 with a two-run double in the second and two runs scored.
“I was feeling good tonight, I think everyone chipped in,” Pfaff said. “We’re getting good production everywhere from up and down the lineup, so that’s always good.”
The Brewers notched nine hits and six earned runs off Fairfax starting pitcher Cade Lietheiser, who took the loss in four innings of work.
Cory Ranweiler led the Brewers in RBIs with three, notching one in the fourth inning and two more on a double in the fifth for his two hits of the game from the No. 2 slot. Next in line was Jason Shaul, who drove in two runs with a deep triple in the fourth on a 2-for-2 night that had him walk three times.
“Our biggest key, the difference between tonight and last night was that we always had a gap – we’d get two guys on but we could never string together three, four hits,” said New Ulm coach Al Flor. “Tonight, we did that. We made the right base-running decisions and tonight it was a lot easier for people to hit.”
Zach More was effective in handling the Cardinals, getting the win while yielding two earned on five hits in five innings of work.
“Our pitching usually can keep us in the games,” Flor said. “Sometimes we fall apart and [give up] one big inning, but tonight [More] held away from that. He did really well.”
Adam Slander came in in relief, allowing one hit and one walk in four innings pitched. He retired the side in the seventh and eighth innings with five pitches each and closed out the game with an eight-pitch ninth inning.
New Ulm will now prepare for a Sunday night game against first-place Stark, which could play a role in the Tomahawk East League standings.
“We hopefully can keep this going,” Pfaff said. “Sunday is a big game. If we can win that one, we’ve got a pretty good shot to stay atop the Tomahawk and get a spot in the region right away.”
Fairfax 000 002 000 – 2 6 1
New Ulm 020 421 10x – 10 14 0
Lietheiser, Melius (5), Schweike (8) and Black; More, Slander (6) and C Ranweiler.
W – More (N) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
L – Lietheiser (F) 4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Leading hitters – Fairfax: O’Malley 1-4 2B, Yrjo 1-4 1 R 2B, Kerling 1-3 1 RBI 1 R 2B, Huiras 3-4 1 RBI; New Ulm: A Pfaff 4-5 2 RBI 2 R 1 BB 2B, C Ranweiler 2-6 3 RBI 1 R 2B, Shaul 2-2 2 RBI 1 R 3BB 3B, More 1-3 1 RBI, D Pfaff 2-5 1 RBI.