NEW ULM - New Ulm VFW Gold's Chase Meyer may well have taken both Jackson Yackley and Wyatt Peterson out for pizza following their Second District VFW game Thursday night against Farmington.
Yackley and Peterson both gunned down Farmington baserunners at the plate in the first and seventh innings, respectively, as New Ulm squeaked by Post 7662 by a score of 1-0.
Meyer allowed three hits and struck out two in getting the win.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm VFW Gold starting pitcher Chase Meyer delivers a pitch during Gold’s win against Farmington Thursday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
Farmington's J.D. Hinks was just as dominant. He scattered three hits and fanned four. The only run that he allowed came without the aid of a hit.
New Ulm will play at 2 p.m. today at Johnson Park against Dassel.
"Chase threw the ball really well tonight," New Ulm coach Dave Shoen said. "He threw well last Sunday - he pitched five perfect innings. He is the kind of player that you want to give the ball to and let him get after it a little bit and get us out on the right foot."
But it appeared that Farmington was going to get out on the right foot against Meyer.
Jordan Decrook belted Meyer's first pitch of the game for a lead-off double to left field. He took third on a Ryan Geibel sacrifice bunt. Meyer plunked Bobby Eckert to put runners on first and third. Nick Schoening followed with a fly ball to short left field that was caught by Yackley. Decrook tagged and tried to score, but was gunned down on a perfect throw from Yackley to catcher Grant Kannegiesser for an inning-ending double play.
Farmington didn't threaten again until the top of the seventh, when Meyer again got a little help from his friends.
Schoening drew a lead-off walk and swiped second with one out. Landon Nielson coaxed a walk before Tyler VanWinkle slapped a base hit to center field. Schoening tried to score from second on the play, but Peterson's throw from center field to Kannegiesser easily nailed him at home for the second out. Meyer then got Buck Lester to ground out to end the game.
"We had two big on-target throws from our outfielders," Shoen said. "They were big plays."
The only run of the game came in the first when Judd Davis, who later left with an ankle injury, and Brach Kraus both walked. A sacrifice bunt by Meyer and a Yackley ground out scored Davis.