Errors hurt CHS in loss to BOLD

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Cathedral shortstop Chris Knowles makes the throw to first after getting Kyle Kostohryz (16) out at second during the Greyhounds loss Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — When Cathedral baseball coach Bob Weier was asked what one word best described his team’s performance Friday afternoon in their nonconference game against BOLD, he said, “Four.”

Cathedral committed four errors that led to three unearned runs as BOLD downed the Greyhounds 7-5 at Johnson Park.

Jordan Sagedahl got the win for the Warriors (2-0) in relief.

Chris Knowles was saddled with the loss for Cathedral (1-1). He allowed two runs in the top of the seventh as the Warriors broke a 5-5 tie.

Sagedahl and Hayden Teersteg each had two hits for BOLD and each drove in two runs.

Chris Knowles, Aaron Portner and Alex Hillesheim each had two hits for the Greyhounds.

“The key for us today was the number in the last column (on the scoreboard),” Weier said. “We had those four errors — we made a lot of mistakes but these are things that are correctable. This was our second game of the year against a pretty good ballclub.”

BOLD scored three runs in the top of the first off of starter Sam Knowles, with an infield error playing a part in the scoring. Those three runs — coming off of two Warriors hits — were the only damage that Sam Knowles allowed in his five innings of work as the freshman did not allow a hit in the next four innings.

“I thought that he did a terrific job against a pretty good hitting team,” Weier said. “He has to learn how to be a pitcher, but he will learn that. He is quite young.”

Knowles’ ability to keep the Warriors bats in check allowed Cathedral to mount a comeback.

The Greyhounds planted two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2.

Aaron Portner and Mark Schommer laced back-to-back singles to start the fourth, with Hillesheim walking to load the bases. A single by Sam Knowles plated Portner and a Tony Geiger infield single scored Schommer. BOLD centerfielder Luke Ryan then came up with the defensive play of the game when he made an inning-ending diving catch off a Josh Seidl line drive that saved two runs.

Cathedral then grabbed a 5-3 lead in the fifth with three runs.

An infield single, the only BOLD error of the game and a fielder’s choice gave the Greyhounds the lead.

“This was two games in a row where we started out slow, but it is early and pitchers are making their first appearances,” Weier said. “And it seems like after they pitch an inning or so, they get into a groove.”

BOLD scored twice off of reliever Tony Geiger in the sixth to tie the game before scoring twice in the seventh.

“We made a couple of mistakes in those innings and we will talk about them and cover those things in practice,” he said. “And it is only April 5th and we have two games in. We just need to clean up some things.”

The Greyhounds host Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Johnson Park.