Soaring to Siebert
NEW ULM — Luke Scheid’s two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning scored pinch-runner Wyatt Roberts from second and gave the New Ulm Eagles a 2-1 win over Mankato West and the Section 2AAA title Thursday at Mueller Park.
Brandon Seidl got the win in relief for New Ulm (20-3). Seidl took over for starter Tyler Roufs, who went 8 2/3 innings and allowed just one run — and unearned run in the second inning — and struck out eight.
Ben Hopper took the season-ending loss for the Scarlets (13-11).
Scheid, Jaden Domeier and Roufs each had two hits for the Eagles.
New Ulm now advances to the AAA State Tournament next week at Siebert Field.
“What a battle and what a great game,” New Ulm coach Kevin Briggs said. “The kids had to learn how to be patient tonight and figure it out. It took longer than we wanted it to but it was great to see Luke come up and get a clutch hit.”
New Ulm started the rally when Braden Zimmerman walked. A strikeout and a Seidl sacrifice bunt moved Zimmerman to second. Hunter Ranweiler was intentionally walked by Hopper to face Scheid.
“I had the opportunity a couple of times previous with a guy on second base,” Scheid said. “I wanted it — it was a curveball and normally we are told to lay off curves on first pitch. But I felt it and was able to poke it up the middle.”
It was a game where the Eagles had a lot of chances to win in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings were they stranded five runners, all of them in scoring position.
“We had opportunities and got runners on base but we could not finish it out,” Scheid said.
West had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Avery Miller singled and Andrew Mihm was safe on a New Ulm infield error. A Sam Vossburg base scored Miller.
The Eagles knotted the game in the fourth when Jaden Domeier singled. Roufs followed with a base hit. Domeier rounded second and collided with Scarlets’ shortstop Hopper and was awarded third on obstruction.
Domeier scored one pitch later on a balk.
Other than that, Roufs and West starter Nate Phinney kept each opposing offenes from scoring,
“Phinney did a great job for them tonight,” Briggs said. “But Tyler out-did him. Their run was unearned today. We turned to over to Seidl and he got us out of that (ninth) inning.”
“Seidl has been our closer all year,” Scheid said. “We call him our Joe Nathan and Tyler has been strong every game he has pitched and has struck out a lot of batters.”