NEW ULM - In a game to decide the South Central Conference baseball championship, the Fairmont Cardinals left no doubt.
Fairmont scored two runs in both the first and second innings and then added five runs in the top of the fourth as it blasted the New Ulm Eagles 12-1 at Johnson Park.
The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run lead rule.
Bryce Holm got the win for Fairmont (18-1, 9-1). He allowed just one hit, that a third-inning triple to Jackson Yackley who scored on a Luke Cihak sacrifice fly for the Eagles' only run.
Tanner Kluis took the loss for New Ulm, who finishes 8-2 in the SCC and 12-5 overall.
Spencer Chirpich, Luke Becker and Mitch Pfingsten each had three hits for Fairmont, who out-hit the Eagles 15-1. Pfingsten drove in four runs with Levi Becker driving in three runs.
"We ran into a team that no Class AA team in the state would have beaten today," New Ulm coach Jay Backer said. "I have not seen a high school baseball team hit the ball that hard and consistent in a long time."
Fairmont jumped on Kluis, who lasted only three innings, for two runs in the first inning on the first of two Pfingsten doubles.
A Chirpich single paired with a Becker infield single in the second upped the lead to 4-0. After the Eagles scored their only run of the game, the Cardinals iced the game in the fourth inning with five runs off of reliever Wyatt Peterson.
A wild pitch, a second Pfingsten two run double and a Christian Petschke base hit made it 8-1 before Jay Ruen's sacrifice fly gave the Cardinals a 9-1 lead.
Fairmont added three more runs in the top of the fifth.
"We are past this game and everyone is 0-0 when we start the sectionals," Backer said.