NEW ULM - Chris Cariveau pitched a complete-game shutout and Jason Shaul capped a four-run sixth inning with a two-run home run as the New Ulm Brewers claimed the Region 2C championship with a 6-0 win against the Hanska Lakers on Friday night at Johnson Park.
Cariveau, who threw 103 pitches in the game, struck out six and walked three.
Dayton Larson took the loss for the Lakers. Larson went six innings and was charged with four runs on seven hits.
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New Ulm Brewers Jason Shaul (30) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the Region 2C playoff game against Hanska on Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Dalton Deinhart pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs.
Jason Shaul paced the 12-hit New Ulm attack with three hits and two RBIs. Cory Ranweiler and Brady Ranweiler each had two hits for the Brewers.
Hanska, now 3-1 in the Region 2C tournament, will host Lamberton at 8 p.m. on Saturday to derermine the No. 2 and 3 teams in Region 2C.
Brewers manager Al Flor credited the win to Cariveau.
"Our pitching tonight was incredible," he said. "You cannot say much more about how he pitched tonight. He mixed up his pitches well, kept them off balance, got a ton of groundball outs [12 in the game]. [In] all five of our games, our piching has been our glue."
Both Cariveau and Larson kept the other team off of the board for the first five innings. Larson had allowed just three hits in that span with Cariveau permitting two.
But the Brewers got to the veteran Larson in the bottom of the sixth. Aaron Pfaff led off with a base hit to rightfield. Garrett Fischer's sacrifice bunt was thrown down the rightfield line by Larson, which also allowed Pfaff to score and Fischer to take third.
Cory Ranweiler's bloop single to center field scored Fischer for a 2-0 lead.
After the Lakers' defense turned a double play. Zach Hoffmann singled to left field. Larson then worked Shaul to a 3-1 count before Shaul deposited Larson's next pitch over the fence in right field for a 4-0 cushion for Cariveau and the Brewers.
"That is the kind of hitting that we have been waiting for," Flor said. "We have a lot of guys with power on this team so it was nice to see it tonight."
Meanwhile, Cariveau was in command.
"My best pitch was my off-speed stuff," Cariveau said."I did not really have a fastball."
The Brewers finished the job in the bottom of the eighth off of Deinhart with two runs. Shaul and Matt Suess singled before an Aaron Pfaff single and a Fischer groundout resulted in two insurance runs.
Being 2C Champions means that New Ulm will get a bye in the first weekend of the state tournament.
"We can let the old guys rest and recoup," Cariveau said.