NEW ULM - New Ulm Legion Gold's late-inning comebacks saw another chapter added in the 2014 Upper Midwest Classic.
Wyatt Pererson's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth innning scored pinch-runner Brach Kraus from third and lifted Gold to a 5-4 win against Chaska on Friday night at Johnson Park.
Tanner Kluis got the win for New Ulm. He went all eight innings, struck out seven and allowed eight hits. Andrew Yarger took the loss for Chaska. He pitched two innings in relief of starter Riley Sweeney. Sweeney, who signed a D-I baseball scholarship to play next year at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, went the first seven innings and struck out nine New Ulm batters while allowing three runs on five hits.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Legion Gold starting pitcher Tanner Kluis tosses a pitch during Gold’s Upper Midwest Classic game against Chaska.
Gabe Knowles had three hits for New Ulm. Justin Arnold had two hits for Chaska. Gold, which trailed at one time 4-0 thanks to two balls lost in the dusk that accouned for four runs, battled back.
Gold scored a single run in the bottom of the third when Peterson walked and took second on a wild pitch. He came home on Knowles' base hit to center field.
Gold scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to tie the game.
In the fifth, it was a fielder's choice, an error and a Peterson RBI single.
New Ulm pulled to within 4-3 in the sixth when Judd Davis walked and went to second on a wild pitch. Chase Meyer followed with a walk and a Grant Kannegiesser base hit loaded the bases.
Davis hustled home on a wild pitch.
After a 24-minute rain delay that saw Sweeney unable to continue, Gold knotted the game against the lefthanded Yarger. Peterson singled before Knowles followed with a base hit.
Peterson then raced home on a Davis double setting the stage for Gold's second-straight comeback of the tournament.
New Ulm plays two games Saturday, facing Plover at 12:30 p.m. and then Prior Lake at 8 p.m. Both games are at Johnson Park.