By Jeremy Behnke
Journal Sports Editor
NEW ULM - In New Ulm's previous two meetings with St. Peter this year, the Saints outscored Kaiserhoff 21-0.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Kaiserhoff third baseman Travis Kretsch tags out a St. Peter base runner Wednesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
Wednesday's River Valley playoff opener at Johnson Park proved to be a closer game, but the Saints managed to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, defeating Kaiserhoff 4-1.
New Ulm finished the game with five errors. Kaiserhoff was unable to string together more than a couple of hits at a time, something that hurt New Ulm.
"The one inning we did score, we got the leadoff runner on base," New Ulm coach Dave Curry said. "We just weren't able to get that leadoff hitter on and get him on to try to score."
Dalton Deinhart took the loss for New Ulm (3-17). He pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Jason Shaul pitched the final 1 1/3 inning.
Jeff Wenner earned the win for St. Peter. He pitched six innings and allowed five hits and one run.
New Ulm's only run came in the bottom of the third inning. Tim Kehren led off the inning with a hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Deinhart. Jonathon Curry singled him home to tie the game at 1.
After that, St. Peter scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings for the final 4-1 margin.
New Ulm looks to stay alive in postseason play when it travels to St. Peter for Game 2 of the series at 7:30 Friday. If New Ulm wins, Game 3 is also in St. Peter and that game will be played on Sunday.