Legion Gold splits with Faribault
NEW ULM — Playing their sixth and seventh games in four days, a tired New Ulm Legion Gold team split a doubleheader with Faribault Monday night at Mueller Park.
Gold (14-10) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn an early 8-3 Faribault lead into a 9-8 win in the first game of the day.
But in the nightcap, Faribault scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to edge Gold 2-1.
“Our guys are tired,” New Ulm coach Chris Peters said about his squad that went 3-2 over the weekend in the Gopher Classic. “We came back in Game 1 with some key hits. In Game 2, we missed some opportunities — we did not hit the ball very well (five hits). Right now this team is both mentally and physically tired. We played in the sun and the heat over the weekend and it takes it’s toll.”
In the opener, Jordan Fischer earned the win in relief of starter Brandon Seidl.
Seidl was charged with eight runs in 2 2/3 innings of work as Faribault scored all eight runs after two were out.
Riley Hansen and Jadon Domeier each had three hits for New Ulm in the first game, with Domeier driving in three runs and Braden Zimmerman driving in two.
New Ulm trailed 8-3 going into the fifth inning when they scored a run on a Zimmerman RBI single.
Gold added two more runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Domeier and Josh Seidl.
Gold then put together a three run seventh inning. Two runs came home on a Domeier single before New Ulm won the game on a wild pitch.
In Game 2, Aaron Portner took the loss despite giving up just three hits and two runs — one of which was unearned.
Andrew Peters had three hits for New Ulm and Zimmerman added two.
Both teams scored a run in the fourth, with Gold scoring their only run of the game on a double steal.
Faribault tallied the eventual game-winning run on an error.
“We have a week off now,” Peters said. “We will get rested and healed up and get ready for the sub-state tournament (in Mankato).”
The seedings come out Wednesday and Peters expects his team to be seeded either second or third.