Amateur baseball: Grizzlies defeat NU Brewers

NEW ULM — The Searles Grizzlies took advantage of 10 walks as the Grizzlies improved to 5-6 in the Tomahawk East League with an 11-5 win over New Ulm Sunday at Johnson Park.

Nick Dewanz got the win for Searles. He went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits.

Chris Cariveau took the loss in relief for the Brewers who dropped to 3-7.

Dave Hatle had three hits — all doubles — for Searles and drove in four runs. Justin Bruns added two hits and drove in two runs.

Wade French led the Brewers offense with three hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He had three RBI. J.T. Hoffmann had two hits.

“We have not put a compete game together this season,” Brewers manager Al For said. “We hit the ball well this game (eight hits), and I was happy with that. We got some speed back and got some players back. But then we got another injury.”

This game saw the return of pitcher Mitch Kelly who is back after Tommy John surgery two years ago. The right-hander did well in his first start, going the first four innings and not allowing a hit while fanning eight. The two runs that he did allow were unearned.

Second baseman Judd Davis also was back from a shoulder surgery. He singled in his first plate appearance and would reach base three more times — once on a walk and twice being hit by a pitch.

But Flor said that they lost outfielder Sam Berg with a dislocated shoulder in the game.

The Brewers, who play at Courtland Tuesday, took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Davis single. He came around to score on a wild pitch.

Searles scored twice in the third on a Brewers infield error and then added another run in the fifth on doubles from Hatle and Bruns.

New Ulm matched that with a run in the bottom of the inning on a Hoffmann bunt single and a French double.

Two walks, two hit batters and a Hatle double moved Searles into a 6-2 lead in the top of the sixth.

A Shaul double and a fielder’s choice kept the Brewers close at 6-4.

But the Grizzlies pushed four runs across in the top of the seventh using doubles from Rob Maidl and Hatle for a 10-3 lead.

French’s two-run homer in the seventh made it 10-5 before Searles added a run in the top of the ninth.

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