Brewers defeat Searles 13-3

SEARLES – Saturday night, the New Ulm Brewers took 10 innings to defeat Essig in a Region 2C playoff game.

Sunday afternoon in Searles, it took the Brewers only five innings to get their second win in the playoffs.

New Ulm scored 13 runs in the first five innings to take a 13-0 lead and topped the Searles Grizzlies 13-3.

The game was stopped after seven innings because of the 10-run lead rule.

Chris Cariveau got the win for the Brewers (2-0 in Region 2C). Cariveau went the first five innings and allowed no runs on five hits. Adam Slander went 1/3 of an inning and was charged with the three Searles’ runs. Adam Nielsen and Garrett Fischer pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.

Ian Draeger took the loss for Searles (0-2 in Region 2C). He lasted two innings and allowed five runs.

Aaron Pfaff, Cory Ranweiler, Brady Ranweiler, Jason Shaul and Judd Davis each had two hits for New Ulm. Pfaff and Shaul each drove in two runs.

Collin Helget, Dave Hatle and Jake Stadick each had two hits for New Ulm.

The Brewers will host Stark on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Searles is at Hanska on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“We came out right away and hit the ball,” said Brewers manager Al Flor. “We had all of our players here today. Our pitching was pretty good, but we had some bumps. But we are 2-0 now, and that is a good place to be.”

New Ulm jumped on Draeger for two runs in the first inning on singles from Fischer and Cory Ranweiler. An error allowed Fischer to score before Shaul drove home Ranweiler with a double.

The Brewers scored three more runs in the second. Davis singled and went to third on a Pfaff base hit. Fischer’s sacrifice fly scored Davis. A Shaul RBI single and a Zach Hoffmann base hit increased the New Ulm lead to 5-0 and ended Draeger’s day on the mound.

New Um tagged Searles’ reliever Casey Lux for two more runs in the third inning on a Pfaff sacrifice fly and a Cory Ranweiler base hit.

The Brewers had a pair of three-run innings in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth inning, a two-run double from Landon Rewitzer and a triple by Pfaff made it a 10-0 game.

Three more runs came across for New Ulm in the fifth inning on a Shaul RBI single, a Hoffmann sacrifice fly and a Davis sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, Cariveau held Searles’ bats in check allowing only one runner as far as third base in five innings.

Searles tallied its three runs off Slander in the sixth inning on a two-run double from Steve Kloeckl and a bases-loaded walk.

“We play Stark here on Tuesday and then at Lamberton on Wednesday. They are all big games now,” said Flor.

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