By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - It was a ball that traveled no more than 100 feet, but it was the biggest hit for the New Ulm Brewers this season.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Stark’s Jake Mangen jumps over New Ulm Brewers second baseman Zack More as he fields a ground ball Tuesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
Aaron Pfaff's groundball with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning was just out of the reach of Stark second baseman Joey Wahl and scored Judd Davis from second base and lifted the Brewers to a 4-3 win over Stark in the Region 2C playoffs at Johnson Park.
Eric Portner, a draftee from Hanska, got the win for New Ulm, now 2-1 in the playoffs.
Adam Sellner took the loss for the Longhorns (1-2), going all 10 innings.
The Brewers will host Lamberton (3-0) at 8 p.m. tonight in a huge game for New Ulm. New Ulm is 2-1 and is ahead of 1-2 teams Leavenworth, Stark, St. James and Searles.
New Ulm took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Brady Ranweiler walked and scored on a Zach Hoffmann double.
But Stark would score single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-1 lead.
Runs in the second and third were unearned coming via two Brewers' errors.
New Ulm pulled to within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Peters singled. Landon Rewitzer was hit by a pitch and Taylor Rolloff walked. Pfaff coaxed a walk for force in a run.
The Brewers, who stranded 13 men on base in the game, knotted the contest in the bottom of the eighth. Brock Sieve reached on an error and took second on a Rewitzer sacrifice bunt.
A Davis double and a Taylor Rolloff base hit made it a 3-3 game, setting the stage for the 10th-inning heroics.
Wade French went the first eight innings for the Brewers and struck out 10. Two of the three runs he allowed were unearned.
Stark hosts Leavenworth at 8 p.m. tonight.