NEW ULM - In the top of the first inning, St.Peter's Shea Roehrkaise gave the Saints a 1-0 lead with an RBI single over New Ulm Kaiserhoff on Sunday.
In the top of the ninth, he gave St. Peter the game.
Roehrkaise belted Andy Stolt's first pitch over the fence in left field to break a 2-2 tie and move the Saints to a 4-2 win over the Kaiserhoff in a River Valley League game at Johnson Park.
Jeremy Braun got the win for St.Peter, going seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits.
Stolt took the loss for New Ulm. He went 8 2/3 innings and was charged with all four St. Peter runs.
Jonathon Curry had two of New Ulm's six hits. Erik Curry and Matt Bergmann drove in the Kaiserhoff's runs.
"This was a heart-breaker for us,' said Kaiserhoff manager Tim Reinke. "This was our last game of the regular season for us, and it will play a big part of where we will be seeded in the playoffs. This was a playoff game atmosphere for us, We are 4-9 in our division in the league so we will probably have a play-in game for the playoffs."
Roehrkaise did his best to drop the "K" into that play-in game in the first when he singled in Andy Schroeder for a -1-0 lead.
Then in the top of the ninth, after the Kaiserhoff clawed back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, he lined a curveball over the fence in left field to ironically score Schroeder who had singled in front of him for the eventual game-winning runs.
"Andy (Stolt) wanted the ball - he was feeling good." said Reinke. "His pitch count was OK. The home run was really the first ball that was well-hit by St.Peter."
Unfortunately, the Kaiserhoff could only muster six hits in support of Stolt with three coming in a two-run seventh inning that temporarily tied the game at 2-2.
Dan Reinke walked. A single from Jonathon Curry sent pinch-runner Nick Dewanz to third and ended Braun's day on the mound.
Jesse Anderson came in and allowed a sacrifice fly from Bergmann and later an Erik Curry RBI single to right that knotted the contest.
"We need to have timely hitting in the playoffs," Reinke said. "We have some aches and pains that need to heal before playoffs. We are 10 days away from the playoffs so we will have time to heal."