By Andy Westra
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - Collin Helget went 4-for-4 with an RBI to lead New Ulm Cathedral to a 12-2, five-inning win over Tomahawk Conference opponent Comfrey/Cedar Mountain in baseball action on Monday.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Nathan Palmer is out at third after trying to slide under the tag of Comfrey/Cedar Mountain third baseman Mitchel Treml Monday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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"I came in with a lot of confidence and was just looking for the right pitch to drive," Helget said.
The Greyhounds showed their offensive power again amassing 11 hits and scoring in every inning but the fourth.
Cathedral broke the game open in the second and third innings with four runs in the second and three runs in the third.
The highlight of the second inning was an RBI double by Helget. The three runs in the third came off of a two RBI single by left fielder Nate Palmer and an RBI fielder's choice by first baseman Russ Hoffman.
C/CM put its only two runs on the board in the second when a Cathedral error with two outs allowed two runs to score.
Third baseman Mitch Treml and second baseman Colton Kunkel recorded the only two hits for the Rockets, as both went 1-for-3.
James Herzog was the winning pitcher for Cathedral. He pitched four innings and gave up two runs, zero earned, on two hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Helget pitched a perfect fifth inning in relief of Herzog.
Despite the one lapse in the third inning, Cathedral's defense played a strong game to back up its pitchers. Its only two errors came in that second inning.
"We work hard on defense to minimize errors and give them the least amount of chances, defense wins games," Helget said.
The Greyhounds needed four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game. With two outs, Nick Stadick hit a two RBI single followed by a Herzog two RBI double to secure the win.
Riley Berkey was the losing pitcher for C/CM. He allowed five runs on three hits and four walks.
Cathedral shortstop Mike Skillings was 2-for-2 with two walks to make the Greyhound three and four hitters a combined 6-for-6.
Cathedral (6-1, 6-1) plays again today at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, while C/CM (2-10, 2-9) will play a double-header at Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Thursday.