FAIRMONT - Mankato scored three runs in the bottom of the third and nine more in the bottom of the fifth inning and handed New Ulm Legion Blue a 14-3, seven-inning loss in the District 2 Legion baseball playoffs Thursday.
The loss means Blue (4-17) plays New Ulm Gold at 1 p.m. today in an elimination bracket game.
The big fifth inning was more than enough for Mankato to advance in the winner's bracket, where it fell to Fairmont 10-4 later in the day.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Legion Blue’s Jake Stadick tags out Mankato’s Brandon Kowalski as Blue’s Jim Holstein looks on during New Ulm’s loss in the 2nd District Legion Tournament Thursday in Fairmont.
"The one inning got away from us, and we didn't really play bad defense,"?Blue coach Mike Munce said.?"They started hitting and it was their third time seeing our starting pitcher. Sometimes you just can't get the breaks to stop them and they put up nine. It's pretty tough to catch up from that."
Cole Dulas took the loss for New Ulm (4-17). He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs on nine hits. Andy DeRock pitched 2/3 of an inning and Jake Gieseke pitched an inning.
New Ulm wasn't able to get much offense going against Mankato starter Arlen Nett. He went the distance, allowing three runs and six hits.
Mankato scored three times in the third inning to jump out in front. A hit by Zach Mullin and a double by Brandon Kowalski put runners on second and third. Adam Geiger singled in Mullin and Drew Quame doubled to score both Kowalski and Geiger.
Mankato knocked Dulas out of the game in the fifth inning. Blake Matuska had a two-run double and Geiger drove in two more runs. Jack Mages also had a two-run double to lead the way as Mankato sent 12 batters to the plate that inning.
Javen Munce helped New Ulm score its first run in the top of the sixth. His RBI single scored Jake Stadick to make it 12-1 at that point. New Ulm got two more runs in the seventh inning as DeAndre Parker and Andy DeRock scored for the final 12-3 margin.