VFW Gold picks up 2 wins

NEW ULM — If you read the tea leafs for New Ulm VFW Gold in their doubleheader with Dassel-Cokato Saturday at Mueller Park, the formula was simple.

Fall behind in both games early, stage late-inning comebacks and come away with two wins.

New Ulm fell behind 6-0 to Dassel after 3 1/2 innings before scoring 12 unanswered runs to come away with a 12-6 win in the opener and then spotted Dassel a 5-2 lead after four innings and staged a second comeback for a 9-6 win.

“We battled through that first game,” New Ulm Gold coach Mike Munce said as his team ended their regular season at 22-7. “We gave them six (runs) that they should have never had but we responded well.”

In the first game, Tony Geiger got the win in relief of starter Matt Rieger. Rieger went 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs. Geiger allowed one run and on one hit the rest of the way.

Nolan Drill had three hits and two RBIs. Mason Cox, Geiger, Cole Backer and Ethan Stade each contributed two hits.

Dassel scored six runs in the fourth inning on just three hits but took advantage of three walks and a wild pitch.

But Gold cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning on three runs thanks to RBI singles from Geiger and Backer and a Hunter Sehr sacrifice fly.

New Ulm knotted the game in the next inning with three more runs on another Geiger base hit, a Backer sacrifice fly and an error.

Gold then buried Dassel with a six-run sixth inning. A Cole Ranweiler single, a hit batter and a two-run triple off of the bat of Drill made it 8-6. Drill came home on a Cox infield single. A Backer RBI single and a two-run hit by Sade made it 12-6.

In the second game, Gold fell behind 5-2 after three innings before rallying for four runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead.

In that fifth inning, Rieger walked and Jackson Bode singled. Ranweiler was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jace Marotz’ two-run single, a groundout and a Cox double had New Ulm ahead 6-5.

Dassel tied the game in the fifth before Gold added a run in the sixth on a groundout for a 7-6 lead.

Gold scored two more runs in the seventh on doubles from Marotz and Drill and a wild pitch.

Marotz got the win in relief for Gold. Marotz also had three hits. Drill had three RBIs.

New Ulm now waits for the Sub-District Tournament next weekend in Sleepy Eye.

“We are ready for the tournament,” Munce said. “We have a good, balanced team.”