NEW ULM - It was not the kind of start that the New Ulm Brewers wanted for their Region 2C playoffs.
Fifth-seeded St. James scored three runs in the top of the first inning and A's righthander Sam Carlson scattered five hits, pitching into the eighth inning as St. James stunned the Brewers 5-2 Saturday night at Johnson Park.
Carlson got the win, allowing both runs while striking out three. Jason Nachreiner, a draftee from Springfield, pitched the final two innings.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Brewers shortstop Judd Davis tags out a St. James base runner during their playoff game Saturday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
Zach More took the loss for New Ulm. He went the distance and allowed seven hits while fanning five.
Region 2C round-robin playoffs continue today. New Ulm is at Leavenworth while St. James hosts Lamberton. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
For New Ulm coach Al Flor, the reason for the loss was simple.
"We did not hit the ball the way that we normally do," he said. "Their pitcher threw a good game and that is the way it is."
While the Brewers had the same amount of hits in the game as the A's (seven) they did not come at key opportunities.
And while the Brewers struggled to score runs in the first five innings, St. James put New Ulm on its heels right away.
Anthony Stordalen singled to start the game and scored one out later when Austin Pinke drove a More offering for an RBI double. Pinke then came home on a two-out single from Brandon Menssen before Ryan Menssen followed with the second double of the inning for a 3-0 lead.
New Ulm left a runner on third in the first inning, lost a base runner in the second and left two runners on base in the third.
By then the A's upped that 3-0 lead to 5-0 with two runs in the top of the third.
Pinke coaxed a walk and Chris Menssen singled. A More error on a Brandon Menssen bunt loaded the bases with no outs.
A Ryan Menssen sacrifice fly scored Pinke before Chris Menssen scored when Brandon Menssen was thrown out attempting to steal second.
That was all the runs that More allowed as he gave up just two more hits the rest of the way.
In the sixth, Landon Rewitzer singled and Brock Sieve doubled with one out. A Judd Davis' sacrificed fly scored Rewitzer.
And in the eighth, Carlson allowed a lead-off double to Brady Ranweiler, which ended his night on the mound. Jason Nachreiner relieved Carlson and allowed a single to Chris Peters before Ranweiler scored on a fielder's choice.
"That has been our story most of the year," Flor said about the lack of key hits in certain situations. "We have not been blessed with getting hits. That is the way the game goes. We normally score runs."