NEW ULM - The story of New Ulm VFW Gold's win over Mankato Thursday afternoon at Johnson Park was simple.
New Ulm made the plays - Mankato did not.
New Ulm took advantage of seven Royals' errors to score eight unearned runs as VFW Gold cruised to an 8-2 win.
Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney
New Ulm VFW?Gold pitcher Bailey Batt follows through on a pitch in the second inning of Gold’s game against the Mankato Royals Thursday at Johnson?Park.
Bailey Batt got the win for New Ulm (10-3). He went the distance and struck out two.He permitted seven Royals hits but worked out of Mankato scoring threats in each of the first three innings.
Mark Severns took the loss for Mankato, allowing eight runs on 10 hits.
Luke Irmiter and Connor Forbrook each had two hits for New Ulm. Jarin Spence had a triple and Jack Schwartz drove in two runs.
"I thought that Bailey pitched a geat game," said New Ulm coach Derek Wilfahrt. "He pitched a great game. We were a little sloppy our there (three errors) as we were coming off back-to-back games. We were not sharp."
Except in comparison to Mankato.
New Ulm scored two runs in the bottom of the second on just one hit - a single from Connor Forbrook after New Ulm had scored twice - but were helped by three Royal errors.
Collin Helget reached on an error by Mankato second baseman Brad Mann. Luke Irmiter reached on an error by Royals' first baseman Brett Taylor. Irmiter swiped second and when the throw from catcher Bill Cipes sailed into center field, Helget scored and Irmiter went to third. Jack Schwartz's groundout plated Irmiter.
VFW Gold then added five runs in the fifth on five hits and three more Mankato errors.
Jarin Spence started the scoring with a two-out triple. Spence scored when Helget reached on an error by shortstop Mark Meyers. An Irmiter single and a Schwartz base hit upped the lead to 4-1. Forbrook's single and a double steal made it 6-1. Two more errors made it a 7-1 New Ulm lead.
"We had some timely hitting and we took advantage of them," said Wilfahrt. "Sometimes the hits are not there so you have to put the ball in play and give what the defense gives you."
New Ulm closed out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth on a walk, a wild pitch, the seventh Mankato error of the game and a bases loaded walk to Irmiter.
Meanwhile, Batt was cruising, allowing only single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
"He does not walk many people. He is usually around the strike zone, said Wilfhart. "He can throw any pitch and any time and keeps hitters off-balance."