By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - When Dassel's Ethan Niemela belted an RBI triple in the top of the first and then scored one batter later on a Trent Kreckelberg base hit, it looked like Dassel may have New Ulm VFW Gold's number.
Staff photo by Mark Newsom
New Ulm VFW Gold’s Brach Kraus looks to home but has to hold up at third base during Gold’s game against Dassel at Johnson Park on Friday afternoon in New Ulm.
In the end, the only number that Dassel got was 12.
New Ulm scored two runs in the bottom of the second before scoring nine runs in the third as it closed out Dassel 12-2 in the Second District VFW Tournament at Johnson Park on Friday.
The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run lead rule.
Collin Helget shook off that shaky first inning to get the win. He allowed just two more hits after the first inning in his four innings of work. He fanned four and walked two. Jarin Spence pitched the top of the fifth inning and allowed one hit.
Niemela took the loss for Dassel. He was charged with eight runs in his 2 1/3 innings on the mound.
Chase Meyer and Grant Kannegiesser each had three hits for New Ulm. Brach Kraus, Spence and Tyler Dittrich each drove in two runs.
New Ulm will now meet Shakopee today at 1 p.m. at Johnson Park for the right to go to the championship game.
"Collin pitched well after that first inning," said Kannegiesser, New Ulm's catcher, who had a triple as one of his hits and scored three runs. "He got his pitches down lower (after the first inning). He got more flyouts (five) and groundball outs (four) after that."
While Helget was taking over on the mound, New Ulm's offense also took over.
New Ulm tied the game in the bottom of the second when Tanner Kluis singled and scored on a Kannegiesser single and error. Kannegiesser then scored on a Dittrich sacrifice fly.
New Ulm then essentially ended the game in the third with nine runs. A Meyer single followed by back-to-back doubles from Jackson Yackley and Spence gave New Ulm 4-2 lead. Walks to Wyatt Peterson and Judd Davis made it a 6-2 contest. Kraus followed with a two-run single and a Meyer base hit upped the lead to 9-2.
"We just hit the ball," Kannegiesser said. "When we hit the ball no one can stop us."
A Yackley sacrifice fly and a passed ball gave New Ulm an 11-2 lead.
Kannegiesser's triple in the fifth and a Dittrich sacrifice fly made it 12-2.
"We win today, we are in the driver's seat," Kannegiesser said.