New Ulm’s Hoffmann, Fischer Bros. help lead Chanhassen to first state title

NEW ULM — When the Chanhassen Redbirds defeated Miesville 7-4 to win the 2018 Minnesota Class B State Championship on Monday, there was a touch of New Ulm in the celebration.

Former New Ulm High School, New Ulm Brewers and St. Cloud State baseball players Zach Hoffmann, Garrett Fischer and Kyle Fischer each had a hand, arm and bat in the win for the Redbirds.

Both Hoffmann and Garrett Fischer were selected to the Class “B” All-Tournament team.

Hoffmann said that this was Chanhassen’s first state title.

He also said that this was his and Garrett’s second year with Chanhassen and Kyle’s first year with the Redbirds.

Hoffmann said that winning the state title was made more special because he had two other former New Ulm players on the team with him.

“We were talking after the game that we had played together in New Ulm and St. Cloud State and we had always came up short in a section final or a regional in St. Cloud and even with the Brewers losing in the (Class C) state championship,” Hoffmann said as his team defeated Miesville 6-1 earlier to force the second and deciding game. “It was finally fun to win something together.”

While Hoffmann and Garrett Fischer each were honored by making the All-Tournament team, and Justin Anderson of Chanhassen was named the Most Valuable Player, Hoffmann said that that honor could have just as well gone to Garrett Fischer.

And Kyle Fischer, who had not seen much pitching action during the regular season, may well have been one of the biggest reasons that the Redbirds won the title, making his mark when he needed to.

In the championship game, Kyle Fischer pitched the complete game win.

“He was unreal,” Hoffmann said. “He was awesome and you were not going to get the ball from him. He was a bulldog.”

Hoffmann said that he, Garrett and Kyle Fischer are talking about the 2020 state tournament when it is in New Ulm.

“We want to win the title there because it would be special to win it there,” he said.