Sehr no-hits Lake Crystal

VFW?Gold dominates in 25-0 drubbing

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Hunter Sehr fires a pitch in the first inning of New Ulm VFW Gold’s subdistrict playoff win over Lake Crystal on Friday in Sleepy Eye at Eagles Park. Gold won 25-0.

SLEEPY EYE — New Ulm VFW Gold wasted no time in making sure that their bats were heard on Friday after a five-inning, 25-0 subdistrict playoff win over Lake Crystal. If that wasn’t enough for New Ulm fans to cheer about, Gold starting pitcher Hunter Sehr also tossed a no-hitter.

Sehr finished five innings on the mound with nine strikeouts and three walks allowed. He had plenty of support from his offense and defense, too, as Gold collected 19 hits and committed no errors.

“It’s nice to have run support,” Sehr said. “I just had to throw strikes, find the zone and keep throwing them in there. It’s a good spark for us, and it’s great to get out on the right foot.”

The only trouble Sehr got into was in the top of the first when he walked back-to-back batters with one out. He brushed it off, though, and got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning unscathed.

Gold struck for 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning, an inning th­­­­at saw Nolan Drill have a pair of RBI doubles and Mason Cox drive in three on an RBI single and a two-run double. Cole Ranweiler also had a two-run double in the first.

Gold had six total doubles in the first inning.

New Ulm added another three runs in the bottom of the second before a seven-run third inning tore things open even more for a 24-0 Gold lead. Hunter Hulke added a pair of hits in the third, including a two-run double. Hulke also drove in the final run of the game in the fourth on a base hit that scored Cox.

Cox led the offensive barrage for New Ulm, going 4 for 4 with four runs scored and four RBIs.

“We came out and hit the ball really well, and our defense didn’t have any errors,” Cox said. “Hunter kept them down, threw strikes, and that’s what we just needed today. Then our bats sparked and kept throughout the game and stayed hot.”

Also for the red-hot Gold offense, Ranweiler added two hits, two RBIs and scored three runs, Hulke went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and Drill went 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Teddy Giefer was 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI double.

Jackson Bode also had two hits and scored a pair of runs, while Jace Marotz drove in three and added a double.

Gold next plays at 3 p.m. Saturday against Hutchinson in Sleepy Eye.