Fairmont sweeps Blue
NEW ULM – With one out in the top of the seventh inning of the second game between New Ulm Blue and Fairmont, New Ulm fans finally got something to cheer about.
Bailey Batt’s groundout scored Nick Vogel from third to break a potential second shutout of the night. Vogel’s run sparked a six-run inning as New Ulm fell 7-6 to Post 36 in the nightcap.
Fairmont had taken the opening contest 9-0.
“They put in a new pitcher (Matt Lytle who had pitched a shutout in the first game) had he threw a lot of balls,” New Ulm coach Mike Munce said. “Their pitchers (Luke Becker who started and Lytle) hit three batters and we had two hits in that inning.”
The two hits in the inning – a Jarin Spence two-run single and a Vogel infield single – were two of the seven combined hits in both games by New Ulm bats.
Fairmont out-hit Blue 20-7 in the doubleheader.
Alex Guggisberg took the second-game loss for New Ulm, going four innings and allowing seven runs.
In the opener, Jesse Baumgartner took the loss. The lefthander was tagged with nine runs in six innings.
Lytle and Becker got the wins for Fairmont.
In the first game, Fairmont scored single runs in the first and third sandwiched around a two-run second inning and a five-run sixth.
New Ulm had just two hits in the first game – a lead-off single from Brandon Beranek to start the game – and a two-out infield single from Alex Guggisberg with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
‘”Our bats were quiet today but everyone played,” Munce said. “We gave everybody a start.”
Fairmont took a 7-0 lead over Blue in the nightcap as Becker held New Ulm Blue bats to just two hits through six innings before Blue used wildness from both Becker and Lytle to score six runs on just two hits.
“We are not concerned about the hitting,” Munce said. “We have had a pretty good run of games here so we will get a little break here before the playoffs.”
Munce added that he was not concerned about the pitching.
“I was getting people some innings and trying to give my normal pitchers some rest.”
Blue opens the playoffs next Thursday in Sleepy Eye against Mankato National at 12:30 p.m.