NEW ULM - Las Vegas Aces head coach Paul Buboltz said that pitching was a weak spot on his team this season.
Wednesday night, the pitching looked pretty good.
Cade Adams, a freshman, held New Ulm Gold bats to three hits in six innings while striking out eight as Last Vegas topped New Ulm 4-0 at Mueller Park.
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Las Vegas’s Keanu Von Kuren slides into third under the tag of New Ulm Legion Gold third baseman Brach Kraus Wednesday at Mueller Park in New Ulm.
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Adams worked out of New Ulm threats in the second, third and sixth innings to preserve the shutout for the Aces, now 29-7.
Tyler Dittrich took the pitching loss for New Ulm, now 10-4. He allowed just one run on four hits in his four innings of work. Alex Fischer, brought up from New Ulm VFW Gold, permitted two runs in his two innings of work with Wyatt Peterson tossing the scoreless seventh inning.
Chase Adams ked the Aces with three hits from his number nine spot with Dylan White adding two hits from his eight spot in the line-up. White drove in two runs.
Gabe Knowles had two hits for New Ulm with Nick Dewanz adding a triple.
"I felt like we were really sloppy tonight," said Buboltz, who will take his team to Fairmont tonight for a doubleheader before beginning play in the Upper Midwest Classic on Friday. "We were sloppy base-running wise, moving runners and doing our jobs. I think that we will settle in here - 10 hits and four runs. We are averaging seven or eight runs a game."
For New Ulm Gold coach Jeremy Drexler, it was a case of doing some good things but failing to do other key things.
"We were sharp in the field," he said about his defense that turned two key double plays in the game. "But we had a couple of base running mistakes that cost us a run or two. And we did not get the two our productive hits."
Gold had chances against Adams when they put two runners on base in the second on a one out walk to Jake Gieseke followed by Luke Irmiter being hit by a pitch. But Adams struck out Wyatt Peterson and Brach Kraus to end the threat.
Gold saw another scoring threat go by the wayside in the third. Knowles led off with a double and a Collin Helget base hit moved him to third. But Adams retired Grant Kannegiesser and Nick Dewanz to end another threat.
New Ulm's last gasp came in the sixth when Dewanz laced a two-out triple and Gieseke walked. Adams again poured cold water on the rally when he got Tanner Kluis on a pop-out.
The Aces scored a run in the second on a walk to Bubba Almaguer walk, a stolen base and a White single. Las Vegas added single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings on a Bryson Stott bunt single, White's second RBI single of the game and a Almaguer sacrifice fly.
Drexler said that he will start Collin Helget tonight against Post 307 from Renner, S.D.