New Ulm moves on in 2AAA

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Tyler Roufs tosses a pitch during the Eagles Section 2AAA plyoff game against Marshall Wednesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — In Saturday’s 10-0 win over Waseca in the Section 2AAA baseball tournament, New Ulm’s Tyler Roufs fanned nine and allowed just one hit.

On Thursday, the senior righthander continued his mastery over opposing hitters.

Roufs struck out 11 in his six innings of work and allowed just one Marshall run — that coming as a result of two wild pitches in the second inning — as New Ulm remained in the winner’s bracket of the tournament with a 3-1 win over the Tigers at Johnson Park.

He did allow five hits.

Andrew Peters finished the seventh inning and fanned two.

Isaac Schmidt took the loss for Marshall, which fell to a 12-6 record.

The Tigers will now play the winner of the Worthington- Faribault game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mueller Park.

New Ulm, now 18-3, will play the winner of the Mankato East-Mankato West game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Park.

That game was postponed until 6 p.m. Friday because of rain.

Braden Zimmerman had two hits for the Eagles.

“Tyler was not as sharp as we would have liked him to be,” New Ulm head coach Kevin Briggs said. “Maybe it was the (one hour, 15-minute) rain delay but he pitched six good innings and got us to the bullpen.”

Marshall took a 1-0 lead with Roufs having a hand in the Tigers’ scoring. After the lengthy rain stoppage, Marshall got on the board in the second inning when Jackson Hughes and Nick Macchio each singled. A wild pitch, a walk to Nick Klath preceeded a wild pitch that scored Hughes.

“He had a lot of balls in the dirt today and Hunter (Ranweiler, New Ulm catcher) had to work hard,” Briggs said. “One got by him and they scored.”

New Ulm got to Schmidt for two runs in the fourth inning after two were out.

Jaden Domeier reached on an infield single and Roufs drew a free pass. Zimmerman followed by stroking a 2-2 Schmidt offering to right field to score Domeier.

A Riley Hansen bloop single scored Roufs for a 2-1 lead.

“We needed to attack more fastballs,” Briggs said. “And when we did that we finally got some balls in play. I felt that we did not come out with not enough energy and we talked about that.”

The Eagles added a run in the fifth — again after two were out — thanks to a wet ball.

Luke Scheid singled before Schmidt set down the next two batters.

Domeier followed with a dribbler to Schmidt’s left. He fielded the ball but when he came up to throw, the ball squirted out of his hand and Scheid scored.

“This was a tough win,” Briggs said. “They are a good team and they are well-coached.”

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