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Chanhassen downs Kaiserhoff, 19-5

July 16, 2012
By Alex Berg - Journal Sports Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Chanhassen defeated New Ulm Kaiserhoff 19-5 in seven innings Sunday at Johnson Park in amateur league action.

Nate Swenson singled to lead off the game and scored on a two-out double by cleanup hitter Zach Swenson to give Chanhassen an early 1-0 lead.

Ben Wolf and Erik Curry started the bottom half of the inning with singles, and Jace Marti followed with a walk. Nate Schoenherr drove in Wolf with a ground ball and Curry scored on Jonathon Curry's single and New Ulm led 2-1 after one inning.

Wolf, Erik Curry and Jonathon Curry each had two singles.

New Ulm starting pitcher Travis Kretsch settled down after the first inning and pitched three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth inning. Kretsch gave up just three hits in the inning, but two walks and the two errors he committed led to a six-run inning for Chanhassen. John Gulden highlighted the inning with a two-run single and a run scored.

Chanhassen jumped all over reliever Keith Besemer in the sixth inning, tagging him for five runs on seven hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Steve Sorenson delivered the final hit of the inning - a two-run triple to give Chanhassen a 12-2 lead.

Jonathon Curry and Shane Traulich walked to start the sixth inning, and Michael Schlottman followed with a single to load the bases with nobody out for New Ulm. Wolf delivered a two-out single to score Curry. Erik Curry followed with an infield single to score Traulich, and Schlottman came around to score on an error following Curry's infield single to cut the deficit to 12-5.

Zach Swenson crushed a three-run home run over the left-center field fence for his fourth extra base hit of the game to push the lead back to 10 runs. After a run was walked in, David Naughtin cleared the bases with a three-run double to give Chanhassen a 19-5 lead.

Zach Swenson went 4-for-4 with a home run, three doubles, four RBI, and three runs scored.

Nate Swenson pitched a perfect seventh inning to end the game due to the 10-run rule.

Nate Swenson picked up the win, pitching all seven innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits. He walked two and struck out 10. In addition to his effort on the mound, he went 3-for-6 with three runs scored out of the leadoff spot.

Kretsch took the loss for New Ulm, allowing seven runs on six hits in five innings.

Kaiserhoff will host Gaylord at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.



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