NU Gold beats Rochester 10-2

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Legion Gold second baseman Brandon Mehlhop makes a throw to first to complete a double play against Rochester on Friday at Johnson Park.
For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Legion Gold second baseman Brandon Mehlhop makes a throw to first to complete a double play against Rochester on Friday at Johnson Park. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — J.T. Hoffmann collected four hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead New Ulm Legion Gold to a 10-2 win against the Rochester Patriots on Friday night at Johnson Park.

Cole Wellmann got the win for Gold (3-0). He allowed eight hits and allowed two runs — both unearned — while striking out five.

Matt Smiley took the loss for the Patriots. He went two innings and was tagged with five runs on five hits.

Hunter Ranweiler added three hits and Jordan Fischer added two, A.J. Lassas drove in three runs.

Ranweiler and Cooper Forbrook each had a double.

“It was fun to have Rochester come down — Paul Gronholz, a Minnesota Valley Lutheran graduate, is one of the coaches,” Gold coach Jeremy Drexler said. “Cole threw really well tonight. He had some good pop on his fastball and had a good curveball. And we put some good swings on the ball tonight.”

Gold took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hoffmann got the first of his four hits when he singled and stole second. He went to third on an infield error and trotted home on Lassas’ sacrifice fly.

New Ulm scored four runs in the second off of Smiley. Ranweiler singled and swiped second. Forbrook coaxed a walk. A fielder’s choice and a walk to Hoffmann loaded the bases.

A Jordan Fischer bloop single scored Ranweiler before Lassas followed with a two-run double. Nick Fischer’s sacrifice fly scored the fourth run of the inning.

Gold used a Ranweiler one-out double in the third to add two more runs. Forbrook followed Ranweiler’s double with an RBI double and then scored on a Hoffmann single.

“When [Hoffmann] gets on, that makes a world of difference for us,” Drexler said. “We can steal, we can bunt or hit and run. When those top hitters get on it makes things easier.”

Rochester used four hits and three errors to score its two runs in the fourth.

But New Ulm scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.

Andrew Peters walked and stole second and Cooper Yackley singled. A Ranweiler base hit made it 8-2. A double play scored another run prior to Hoffmann getting his fourth hit to score Ranweiler.

New Ulm Gold beat Mankato National twice on Thursday.

“Jordan and Nick Fischer threw for us [against Mankato] and A.J. Lassas came in and got a save in the first game. Alex Lund got a save in the second game,” Drexler said. “We have 13 players on the team and 10 of them can pitch.”

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