NEW ULM - Brett Taylor belted a three-run first inning home run to lift Mankato Loyola to a 3-0 lead as the Crusaders used that fast start to go on to top New Ulm Cathedral 7-1 Friday afternoon in a nonconference baseball game at Johnson Park.
Mark Korteum got the complete game win for the Crusaders, now 11-2. He scattered five hits and fanned three.
Alex Guggisberg, one of four pitchers used in the game by Cathedral, took the loss for the Greyhounds, who fell to 14-3 on the season.
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New Ulm Cathedral first baseman Russell Hoffman tags out Mankato Loyola’s Luke Sellner as he slides back to first Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Guggisberg went one inning and allowed three runs. James Herzog was charged with two runs in an inning of work while Michael Skillings was tagged with one run in three innings of work. Brandon Beranek was charged with one run in his one inning on the mound.
Will Cipps paced the Crusaders' offense with three hits. Shane Sellner and Taylor each added two hits.
Guggisberg had two hits for Cathedral.
"We got beat by a pretty good ballclub today that played a real good ballgame," said Cathedral coach Bob Weier. "We were a little sloppy in the beginning. Our pitchers fell behind the hitters and they built leads of 3-0 and 5-1. Offensively we are not capable of scoring that many runs. We need to keep the game close so we can use some of our offense."
Taylor's three-run bomb was countered in the bottom of the second inning when Russ Hoffman reached on a fielder's choice and Beranek laced a single to leftfield.
Guggisberg's two-out base hit scored Hoffman.
But the Crusaders upped their lead to 5-1 in the third off of Herzog on two singles, two walks and a sacrifice fly.
Loyola scored another run in the top of the sixth on a Greyhounds' infield error.
Meanwhile the lefthanded Korteum held Cathedral to just two hits after the second inning.
"We do not see lefthanders to often and he did a nice job," Weier said. "He changed speeds well on us. This was a good experience for us and hopefully we learned from this and become better because of this."
Both Loyola and Cathedral are in Section 2A with Loyola in 2A South and the Greyhounds in 2A North.
"It will be interesting if we see them later in the playoffs," Weier said. "I do not know where in the rotation (Korteum) was. He was quite effective today and they played good defense."