NEW ULM - Of the 12 innings played by New Ulm Cathedral in their baseball doubleheader sweep of Comfrey-Cedar Mountain Monday afternoon at Johnson Park, Greyhound head coach Bob Weier felt that his team played well in 11 of them.
Collin Helget struck out 12 Rocket batters in the first game as the Greyhounds blanked CCM 10-0 in the first game. Jake Stadick made his first start of the year and overcame a shaky start as Cathedral scored six runs in the third and cruised to a 13-2 win in the nightcap.
Both games were stopped after six innings because of the 10-run lead rule.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Collin Helget slides into second as Comfrey/Cedar Mountain’s Colton Kunkel waits for the ball during the second game of a doubleheader Monday at Johnson Park in New Ulm. Helget was safe on the play and advanced to third after the ball got past Kunkel.
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"Cathedral baseball had a good day today," said Weier, who saw his team climb to 6-2 on the season. "We played one inning that was challenging - that was the second inning of the second game - but we got out of it by only allowing one run."
And other than that bump in the road, Cathedral was dominating, banging out seven hits in the opener before pounding out 14 hits in the nightcap.
In Game 1, Brandon Beranek and Gabe Knowles each collected two hits. Collin Helget ended up with four RBI with Beranek and Knowles each driving in two runs.
Cole Kelly took the loss for the Rockets, going all six innings.
Helget allowed just one hit, that a two-out bad hop single by Zach Stamp in the third inning.
"Colin was dominating," Weier said. "The impressive thing was that he got ahead of a lot of hitters. He pitched with a lot of confidence."
Cathedral scored three runs in the first inning on a Helget sacrifice fly, a Beranek double and a Knowles RBI single.
The Greyhounds added five runs in the second thanks to three hits and two errors. RBI singles from Helget and Beranek, a fielder's choice and an error accounted for the runs.
A Helget groundout in the third and a Knowles' run-scoring base hit in the sixth ended the contest.
In the nightcap, CCM took a 2-1 lead after two innings before Cathedral bats used four hits, two errors and three walks to score six runs en route to the win.
Josh Kienlen led Cathedral with three hits with Helget, Knowles and Michael Skillings each collecting two hits. Helget and Skillings each drove in three runs.
Jake Stadick got the win going four innings.
"This was his first start and he gets to fine," Weier said. "He just needs to throw the ball in the strike zone and let them get themselves out. Seven out of 10 times they are going to be out."
Cathedral added four more runs in the fifth, two coming on a Helget single. The Greyhounds scored two more runs in the sixth on a Mike Hoffmann single and a Kienlen double.