New Ulm’s Cole Wellmann fires no-hitter vs. Saints

NEW ULM — With the New Ulm able to only garner three hits off of St. Peter sophomore righthander Andy Regner, the Eagles needed a boost from their pitching staff.

They got it from senior Cole Wellmann.

Wellmann held the Saints hitless as he fanned three — including Carter Hrdcka for the final out of the game — as New Ulm blanked the Saints 3-0 to close out its Big South Conference schedule at Mueller Park.

Wellmann, who ended up with 82 pitches in the game, walked just three as New Ulm closed out conference play with a 9-3 record and improved to 13-5 overall.

Regner took the loss for the Saints (10-8, 5-7).

All three of the Eagles runs were unearned thanks to four St. Peter errors.

A.J. Lassas, Cooper Yackley and Sam Berg had the hits for New Ulm.

“This is my third no-hitter in my career,” Wellmann said. “I was confident going into the game [today]. This was a big game honoring the seniors and it was our last regular season home game of the year.”

Wellmann was helped by a four-pitch second inning and a seven-pitch fourth inning.

“I rely on my defense,” Wellmann said. “I am not a big strikeout pitcher — I will use my breaking ball and off-speed pitches.”

New Ulm scored the first of its unearned runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Hunter Ranweiler reached on an error and J.T. Hoffmann had a sacrifice bunt. Two wild pitches allowed courtesy runner Austin Thordson to score from third.

In the third inning, two errors by the St.Peter infield allowed the Eagles to score their second run.

Wellmann reached second on a throwing error and Cooper Yackley legged out an infield single that sent Wellmann to third base.

Wellmann then scored on a double steal.

The Eagles, who play at Jordan on Friday and then close out their regular season schedule at Owatonna on Tuesday, scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Ranweiler reached on the fourth error of the game before Lassas delivered an RBI double down the right field line.