By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - New Ulm Gold coach Bob Weier expressed pride in how his team competed in the 2013 Upper Midwest Classic following a 7-3 loss to Burnsville Sunday morning in the semi-finals.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Legion Gold shortstop Judd Davis looks to complete a double play as Burnsville’s Eric Watters slides into second during New Ulm’s loss in the Upper Midwest Classic game Sunday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Jory Dove took the pitching loss for Gold (10-5), He went five innings and gave up four runs.
Zach Smith got the win for the Cobras. He went six innings and was charged with all three runs.
Bo Hellquist, Tyler Hanson and Brandon Dorshak each had two hits for Burnsville. Hanson drove in three runs.
No Gold player had more than one hit.
"We gained more experience this weekend," said Weier. "I do like the way that Jory (Dove) battled today. He did not have his best stuff. He tried to make the adjustments. He did get a nice rhythm in the middle innings, but after that his pitch count caught up to him. But he battled hard, as all of the kids did."
Gold, which hosts Sleepy Eye at 8 p.m. today at Mueller Park, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Chase Meyer singled to center field and stole second. He took third on a wild pitch before he raced home on a Grant Kannegiesser groundout.
The Cobras tied the game in the top of the third. Tyler Hill was hit by a Dove pitch, swiped second and came home on a Ben Sherman double.
Burnsville scored three runs in the top of the fifth.
Sherman was hit by a pitch and went to third on a Hellquist base hit. A balk by Dove allowed Sherman to score. The balk may have rattled Dove because he worked Hanson to a 3-2 count before Hanson hit the next Dove pitch over the fence in left field for a 4-1 Burnsville lead.
"He (Dove) hung a curveball to him, and they planted it over the fence," said Weier.
But Gold responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 5-4.
Drew Pfaff and Brach Kraus singled before a Nate Palmer squeeze bunt scored Pfaff.
Dove followed with a bloop single to right field to pull New Ulm within 4-3 as Kraus scored.
But Gold could not come closer as Smith and then Aaron Rozek in the seventh shut down New Ulm's offense.
"(Smith) was a lefthanded pitcher, and for some reason they are difficult for us,"said Weier. "And the main reason is that we do not see enough of them. This is probably the third lefthander that we have seen all summer."
Burnsville then iced the game with three runs in the top of the seventh off reliever Pfaff.
Despite the loss, Weier was happy with several things over the three-day tournament. "We collected double-digit hits each game until this one," he said."I am also very happy with our pitching. Up until this game we had given up eight runs in four games and we had a couple of shutouts.
Burnsville used the semi-final victory as a springboard for a 16-6 win over Eastview to repeat as the Upper Midwest Classic Champions.
The game stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Logan Vemeer was the winning pitcher for Burnsville while Ryan Heisler took the loss for Eastview.
Peter Nordgren had four hits for Burnsville with Ty Hill adding three. Zach Smith had four RBI.
Kevin Wobschall, Rhett Hebig and Derek Scheibel each had two hits for Eastview.
Eastview reached the finals with a 4-1 win over Chaska.