Brewers knock off defending state champs 12-3

BELLE PLAINE – There will be a new Class C Minnesota amateur baseball champion this year.

Aaron Pfaff went 4-for-6 as the New Ulm Brewers pounded out 14 hits and elimintaed last year’s Class C champion Sartell Muskies 12-3 Saturday morning in Belle Plaine.

Mitch Kelly got the win for the Brewers, who improved to 24-7 on the season. Kelly went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six.

Adam Wenker took the season-ending loss for the Muskies. The righhander lasted six innings and was charged with seven runs.

Garrett Fischer, Brady Ranweiler and Judd Davis each added three hits for the Brewers with Fischer driving in four runs. Aaron Pfaff and Wade French both drove in two runs with French’s RBI coming on a two-run home run in the five-run eighth inning.

Davis and Pfaff each scored three runs.

The Brewers will now play at 11 a.m. on Sunday in Jordan against Winsted. If they win that game they would play again at 5 p.m. in Jordan.

“This was a big win for us,” said Brewers manager Al Flor. “We came with our hitting shoes on – we jumped out to the lead, almost lost it but then we buckled down.”

The Brewers took a 2-0 lead on Sartell with single runs in the first and second innings.

In the bottom of the first, the Brewers scored when Garrett Fischer was hit by a Wenker pitch and Cory Ranweiler walked. Brady Ranweiler’s base hit to centerfield scored Fischer.

In the second the Brewers again took advanatage of Wenker’s wildness to score again. Landon Rewitzer walked and scampered to second on a passed ball. Singles from Davis and Aaron Pfaff loaded the bases before Rewitzer scored on a Fischer groundout.

The Brewers then scored two more runs in the fourth on a fielder’s choice, singles from Aaron Pfaff and Fischer and a passed ball aided by an error by catcher Luke Sweeter for 4-0 lead.

Flor said that his team’s aggressiveness at the plate was something that he told his team to do.

“I told them to cut down on our swings with two strikes and put the ball in play,” Flor said. “We wanted to put the ball in play especially with the wet field.”

Meanwhile, Kelly was in command of the Muskies. Kelly retired the first 11 hitters he faced before Tim Burns ripped a two-out single in the fourth.

Sartell sliced into the New Ulm lead in the fifth and sixth innings. The Muskies scored a run in the fifth when Jake Otto sent a pitch over the fence in left field.

They added two more runs in the sixth. Burns and Jake Sweeter both singled, ending Kelly’s day on the mound after 88 pitches.

Andy Cook, a draftee from Leavenworth, was greeted by a two-run double from Otto to cut the lead to 4-3.

But New Ulm responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Rewitzer walked and Davis reached on an infield single. Aaron Pfaff’s bunt single loaded the bases. Fischer’s bloop single scored pinch-runner Taylor Rolloff and Davis. The Brewers’ third run of the inning scored on a double play.

New Ulm then salted the game away in the bottom of the eighth with five runs.

Brady Ranweiler led off with a single. Two outs later, Wade French drove one over the fence in left field for a 9-3 lead. A hit batsman and a Davis single preceeded Pfaff’s fourth hit of the day, a two-run double for an 11-3 lead.

“He threw a lot of fastballs that we jumped on,” Pfaff said. “It is good to get this win. Now it seems like everyones’s aces are done so it comes down to the more deeper pitching team and who can hit the ball.”

Chris Cariveau will start Sunday.

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