Hanska piles on runs as it takes important game from New Ulm 9-4
NEW ULM — The New Ulm Brewers came into their Saturday night game at Johnson Park while trailing the Hanska Lakers by two games in the battle for fourth place in the Tomahawk East League.
That deficit is now three full games.
The Lakers scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open a one-run lead into a four-run lead and then added an insurance run in the ninth to come away with a 9-4 win against the Brewers.
Aaron Breu got the win for the Lakers (13-6). He went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits.
Chris Cariveau took the loss for the Brewers (10-9). The right-hander went six innings and was charged with five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts.
Kevin Larson led the 15-hit Laker attack with five hits. Both Eric Portner and Zach Fischer had three hits. Dalton Deinhart drove in three runs for Hanska with Fischer and Matt Suess each driving in two runs. Suess had a triple and Deinhart had a double.
J.T. Hoffmann, Jason Shaul and Wade French each had two hits as New Ulm was out-hit by Hanska 15-9 in the game.
The Brewers have another tough game as they host the second-place Stark Longhorns (14-4) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Park.
The Brewers had a one-run lead in the game in the second inning when they took a 1-0 lead off Breu. Wade French singled and went to third on two infield groundouts. He scored on a single by Andrew Peters.
But the Lakers quickly erased that lead with two runs in the third. One-out base hits from Kevin Larson and Eric Portner and a two-out base hit from Zach Fischer tied the game a 1-1.
Brady Mosenden’s single — the fourth single of the inning — gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead.
Hanska upped its lead to 3-1 in the fourth on two-out singles from Deinhart, Larson and Portner.
Suess’ two-run triple in the fifth increased the Lakers’ lead to 5-1.
New Ulm rallied for one run in the bottom of the fifth to slice the lead to 5-2 when it used two errors — the only errors of the game by Hanska — and a fielder’s choice to score a run.
The Brewers seemed to gain some momentum in the sixth when they scored twice to cut the lead to 5-4. Shaul walked and raced home on a French double. French went to third on an Eric Austvold groundout and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Landon Rewitzer.
But any momentum that New Ulm gained in that inning disappeared in the top of the seventh, when Hanska scored three runs off reliever Brody Peterson.
Three walks, a fielder’s choice and a Deinhart two-run double moved Hanska into an 8-4 lead.
The Lakers made it 9-4 in the ninth on an RBI single by Fischer.