NEW ULM - In the past, the talent level between New Ulm Legion Gold and Blue - with the exception of last year when there was no Blue team - has been wide.
With the exception of two late bad innings by Blue in the nightcap, the talent level is close.
Legion Gold used two strong pitching performances from Wyatt Peterson and Nick Dewanz to sweep a doubleheader against Blue 2-1 and 13-0.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Legion Gold’s Gabe Knowles (20) slides safely in to second as Legion Blue second baseman Matt Rowley (13) reaches for the ball during the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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The second game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run lead rule.
Peterson got the first-game win, going four innings and yielding two hits and one run. Bailey Batt took the loss for Blue, throwing a strong game, scattering four hits in seven innings.
Collin Helget had two hits in the opening game for Gold and Grant Kannegiesser drove in the only earned run of the game for Gold.
Alex Stark had a double for Blue with Jack Schwartz scoring the only run for Blue.
"I thought that Bailey threw a nice game for Blue," said Gold coach Jeremy Drexler. "They have a nice team and they are going to win a lot of games this summer. Wyatt (Peterson) battled in the first game - he did not have his best stuff but pitched through it."
Gold scored single runs in the second and third innings on a Dewanz groundout in the second and a Kannegiesser sacrifice fly in the third.
Blue cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Schwartz knocked in Jarin Spence, who had reached on a fielder's choice.
Dewanz took over for Peterson in the fifth and allowed two hits but no runs.
In the nightcap, Blue committed five errors that led to six unearned runs in the 13-0 loss.
Blue coach Mike Munce said that his team's first game was great.
"But the second game got away from us after the fourth inning," Munce said. "We ended up playing 11 strong innings tonight. After that, the heads started hanging."
Chase Meyer and Luke Irmiter each had three hits for Gold in the game with Gabe Knowles and Helget each adding two hits. Irmiter drove in three runs.
Gold led just 4-0 going into the fifth inning when it pushed across four runs and then added six more in the sixth.
Knowles' triple and Irmiter's double were the big hits of that inning.
Six more runs came across in the sixth with Judd Davis' double scoring Gold's 13th run of the game.
"The second game got away from us from the outfielders to the infielders to the pitchers," said Munce. "But we will fix it."