Brewers end Region 2C play with a win
NEW ULM — Eric Austvold’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning capped a seven-run outburst by the New Ulm Brewers as they downed Sleepy Eye 13-7 Saturday afternoon in the final game of the Region 2C round-robin playoffs for both teams.
Andrew Peters got the win for the Brewers, who end their 2018 season at 18-15.
Alan Woitas took the loss in relief for the Indians.
Judd Davis had four hits for the Brewers with J.T. Hoffmann, Hunter Ranweiler, Nick Fischer, Jason Shaul, Zach More and Austvold each collecting two hits. One of Shaul’s hits was a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Davis and Austvold each had four RBIs.
Alan Woitas, Carter Brinkmann, Jared Beltz and Sam Tessmer each had two hits for Sleepy Eye. Beltz and Tessmer each had two RBIs.
Sleepy Eye had already qualified for the Class C state tournament but the loss will cost it the top seed from Region 2C in the state tournament.
“Basically we will be a two or three seed,” Indians manager Bruce Woitas said. “If Lamberton wins [against Hanska last night’ we will be the two seed and if Hanska wins we go as the three seed.”
The Brewers, who went 1-4 in the Region tournament, scored two runs in the first on a two-run double by More.
The Indians cut that lead in half in the second on a Tessmer RBI single.
New Ulm increased its lead to 4-1 in the second on a Davis two-run single.
But the Indians scored four runs in the third on base hits from Matt Mielke, Alan Woitas and Brinkmann followed by a Beltz double and an RBI single from Tessmer.
Landon Rewitzer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth for a run for the Brewers. Austvold’s grand slam home run to right followed singles from Hoffmann, Ranweiler, Davis, Fischer and Shaul as the Brewers erased a 7-5 Indians’ lead.
Shaul’s solo home run in the eight capped off the scoring for the Brewers for the 2018 season.
For said that going 1-4 in the regionals and missing qualifying for the state tournament was tough.
“When you do not win it is disappointing,” Flor said. “Overall we just made too many errors. That is the way it is. The last games of our season were errors. We did leave too many guys on base late in the season.”