NEW ULM - When a team has more errors than hits in a game, especially in a playoff contest, it rarely wins.
Wednesday night, the New Ulm Kaiserhoff could muster only four hits off of Fairfax righthander Cody Loverude while the "K"s defense was guilty of five errors. The Cardinals ended New Ulm's season with a 7-0 whitewashing in a River Valley League playoff game.
Loverude struck out 11 and had only one big Kaiserhoff scoring threat, that coming in the third inning when New Ulm loaded the bases with two outs but failed to score.
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New Ulm Kaiserhoff second baseman Dan Reinke keeps his foot on the base as he reaches to catch the ball for an out during the Kaiserhoff’s playoff game against Fairfax Wednesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Andy Stolt took the season-ending loss for Kaiserhoff (5-12). He was charged with five runs in his 4 1/3 innings of work.
Adam Buboltz led Fairfax with three hits with Austin Black and Kevin Erdal each adding two hits.
"This was a disappointing way to end our season," Kaiserhoff manager Tim Reinke said. "It was kind of an ugly game for us. We have been inconsistent with our bats. And we have had breakdowns in defense in other games."
"Cody threw a real good game for us," said Fairfax manager Keith Buboltz, who saw his team improve to 6-12 on the season. "He threw hard the whole game and had only 120 pitches. You cannot ask for anything better than that."
The Cardinals, who begin double-elimination play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jordan, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Stolt hit Erdal. He scored on a Scott Palmer double and then Palmer came home on a Blake Clobes' groundout.
Fairfax added a solo run in the top of the fourth when Mark Yrjo reached second on an error hy New Ulm left fielder Dalton Deinhart. He went to third on a Loverude sacrifice bunt and scored on a Pat O'Malley sacrifice fly.
Austin Black's lead-off single in the fifth and an error by Stolt on an Erdal groundball put runners on first and second.
An Adam Buboltz' base hit paired with a base hit and error upped the lead to 5-0 and end Stolt's night.
A fielder's choice, two stolen bases and another "K" error made it a 6-0 game off of reliever Keith Besemer.
Fairfax added its final run of the game in the top of the ninth on doubles from Adam Buboltz and Yrjo.
"Jordan is the number one seed and we are fourth,' Buboltz said. "We lost to them last week 2-1 on two unearned runs and if we win that we play either at the winner of the Chanhassen-St. Peter series. We are looking forward to the Jordan game."