NEW ULM - Sloppy play was the theme when New Ulm Cathedral and Wabasso met in a Thursday evening Tomahawk Conference game.
That is to be expected when Cathedral had not yet played a game and Wabasso only had one under its belt going in. Cathedral settled down in time as five Greyhound pitchers combined to allow only one hit which helped capture the 8-3 conference win.
The first inning was eventful to say the least as Wabasso scored two unearned runs in the top half of the first on only one hit. Both teams recorded two errors each in the first innings.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
New Ulm Cathedral’s Jake Stadick slides safely into third as Wabasso’s Scott Jenniges (left) waits for the ball during the Greyhounds’ win Friday at Mueller Park in New Ulm.
"We got up two runs without getting a hit," Rabbits head coach Chad Olson said after the loss. "With this few of games played you expect some sloppy play but we needed to get better at bats as the game went on."
Cathedral's Collin Helget ripped a double into right center field to score two Greyhounds in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 2-2. Helget later scored on a put out as Cathedral led after one inning 3-2.
The Greyhounds then continued to slowly pull away as Cathedral scored in four out of the six innings they hit in. The performance was impressive after the first inning because of the youth on the Greyhounds this year.
"We are a little young this year, only starting two seniors can be challenging and I think early on you saw some first game jitters," Greyhounds head coach Bob Weier said. "Josh Kienlen's play at second base in the first inning was a big early play for us and after we got some runs we settled down."
Cathedral's pitching was the most impressive aspect of the game as Nathan Palmer, Collin Helget, Gabe Knowles, Kienlen and Jake Stadick combined to strike out 10 batters and only giving up a seventh inning hit to Rabbits outfielder William Klann.
"Our pitching was impressive," coach Weier said. "We used a lot of pitchers so they could come in and get their feet wet and all of them came in and pitched strikes which is what you have to do in high school baseball. If you don't walk many batters and make the plays in the field, you will be successful."
The Greyhounds were led offensively by a pair of underclassmen as Helget had two hits, including his big first inning two-run double. Knowles also contributed with two hits of his own as the Greyhounds finished with seven hits.
Palmer got the win on the mound for Cathedral as starting pitcher Seth Guetter got the loss for the Rabbits.
Cathedral (1-0) will next travel to Buffalo Lake-Hector and play a conference doubleheader on Tuesday. Wabasso falls to 1-1 and will play at Sleepy Eye St. Mary's on Tuesday.