A tough ending for Brewers
JORDAN – Sobieski scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and Tyler Jendro made those two runs hold up as the Sobieski Skis won the Minnesota State Class “C” Baseball title with a 2-0 win over the New Ulm Brewers.
Jendro, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament, allowed seven hits while striking out eight.
Jendro also set a state tournament record as he went 6-0 in the tournament and pitched 51 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.
Mitch Kelly took the loss for the Brewers. Kelly went 4 2/3 innings and permitted the two Skis’ runs.
Adam Sellner, a draftee from Stark, pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with Zach More finishing up the eighth inning.
Joey Hanowski and Andrew Gurbada drove in the two Sobieski runs. New Ulm outhit Sobieski 7-6.
Garrett Fischer, Kelly, Brady Ranweiler and Aaron Pfaff of the Brewers were named to the All-Tournament team.
For the Brewers and manager Al Flor, the loss was a case of not getting a clutch hit when they needed one.
The Brewers stranded 11 runners on base in the game.
“We did not get that hit when we needed it,” Flor said. “He (Jendro) probably did not have his best stuff but he kept us off-balance. He was constantly ahead in the count.”
The Brewers had a threat in the first inning when Fischer reached on an error and Cory Ranweiler singled with one out. But Jendro, the 26-year old who pitched for Southwest State, retired Brady Ranweiler and Zach Hoffmann to end the inning.
New Ulm again threatened in the top of the fourth. Brady Ranweiler led off with a single to centerfield. Pinch-runner Taylor Rolloff swiped second. After Jendro sat down Hoffmann and Jason Shaul on pop-outs, Wade French beat out an infield single that moved Rolloff to third. French then stole second putting two Brewers’ runners in scoring position.
But Jendro struck out Landon Rewitzer to end the threat.
Sobieski got to Kelly for a run in the bottom of the inning, Jon Czech singled and eventually came around to score on an Andrew Gurbada sacrifice fly.
The Skis scored another run in the fifth on a Joey Hanowski sacrifice fly.
Kelly left the game in favor of Sellner after the fly put.
“He (Kelly) did a nice job for us,” Flor said. “He got into some long counts and some long innings. But he did a pretty good job.”
The Brewers mounted their best threat in the top of the ninth when Judd Davis reached on an error with two outs. Pfaff followed with a double to the gap in right-center.
But Jendro got Fischer to fly out to right field to end the game.
“This was a good team with good chemistry,” Flor said. “We wanted to finish this season off (with a win) but it did not work.”