ST. CLOUD - New Ulm Brewers starting pitcher Colin Wendinger was wild early and it turned into a big fourth inning for Maple Lake in the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Dick Putz Field on Saturday.
Wendinger walked five and hit four batters in just 3 2/3 innings. He gave up three hits and all six runs in the game. The Lakers held on for a 6-1 win, ending New Ulm's season.
"He was just off," New Ulm coach Al Flor said. "He had full rest. Some days you have it, some days you don't."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Maple Lake catcher Graham Brown tags out Brady Ranweiler of the New Ulm Brewers during a play at the plate in the first round of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament Saturday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.
Jeremy Schmidt earned the win for Maple Lake. He went all nine innings and gave up six hits and one run. He struck out 10 and walked just one.
The Brewers scored their only run of the game in the third inning after Zach Hoffmann singled to score Aaron Pfaff to put New Ulm up 1-0.
It may have been a sign of things to come when Wendinger escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. The Lakers stranded runners on first and second in the second inning and a runner on second base in the third inning before things fell apart fast for Wendinger in the fourth.
After he got the first two batters out, Riley Decker singled and advanced to second on Graham Brown's hit. Decker later scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-1 and Chad Rache was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Bert Mersnik was then hit by a pitch to score a run and Wendinger walked in another run. The big hit in the inning came when Mitch Wurm singled to score two runs, but he was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play to end the threat.
After that, New Ulm was unable to get anything going offensively.
"It took us out of our game, being selective and not being as aggressive," Flor said.?"It took a big chunk of our game away. The biggest thing here is, when it's one and done, you can't ever lose that momentum."