By Tyler Aukrust
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - Wade French hit a game tying double in the eighth inning for the New Ulm Brewers.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Lamberton’s John Pistulka slides safely into second as the ball gets past New Ulm Brewers second baseman Wade French Wednesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm. Looking on is Brewers shortstop Judd Davis.
However, the bats went silent and Andy Irlbeck couldn't stop Lamberton as the Long Sox scored three runs in the top of the 12th inning to earn a 4-1 playoff victory in the Region 2C amateur baseball playoffs Wednesday night.
Irlbeck allowed three runs on three hits in two innings of work. Hanska draftee Brady Mosenden pitched 10 solid innings for the Brewers, allowing just one run on four hits.
With one out in the top of the 12th and a runner on third the Brewers pulled their infielders in to try to stop Lamberton from scoring the go-ahead run. Leadoff hitter Donald Strand blooped Irlbeck's offering right over first baseman Zack Hoffmann's head and into shallow right field and the Long Sox took the lead.
Two batters later, Johnny Pistulka hit a single into right field to add two more insurance runs and New Ulm went down quickly in the bottom half of the inning as they fall to 2-2 in the playoffs and will play in Searles on Saturday.
Lamberton improves to 4-0 in the postseason and will host Searles on Friday.