Victoria routs Kaiserhoff
NEW ULM – The difference between a Class C team and a Class B team can be very evident in amateur baseball.
Monday night the Class C New Ulm Kaiserhoff met the top ranked team in Class B in the 20-3 Victoria Vics.
Needless to say, Victoria won.
Joe Sommer, the No. 3 pitcher for Victoria, struck out 11 New Ulm batters and held Kaiserhoff to just five hits as it ran by Kaiserhoff 13-0 in River Valley League game at Johnson Park.
Eric Winegarden and Chris Volkman each had three hits for the Vics. Justin Arnold had three RBIs.
Dominic Comacho took the loss for New Ulm, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up eight runs.
“We are not used to seeing this kind of pitching,” Kaiserhoff manager Tim Reinke said. “It is tough because there is an intimidation factor. But you try and stay positive and build on the little things.”
Victoria scored a run in the first and then two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
The Vics added a pair of three-run innings in the fifth and sixth before scoring four runs in the seventh off of Comacho and Justin Bruns.
Meanwhile, Sommer was in control of Kaiserhoff bats.
Kaiserhoff, who plays at St. Peter tonight, mounted their only threat in the fourth when Dan Reinke and Matt Bergman singled to start the inning.
But a strikeout and an inning-ending double play killed the rally.
“We had a couple of nice hits,” he said. “But my pitching is real thin – we had a game Sunday and we have a game tonight and Chanhassen wants to play Wednesday. We are thin there. But the kids are hanging in there and doing what I want. We are building.”