Late doubles bury Cathedral in 5-3 loss to ML/GHEC/T

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Cathedral shortstop Nate Hauser looks the ball into his glove as James Schrunk (11) of Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman slides into second Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm. For more photos of this event go to cu.nujournal.com

NEW ULM — Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman’s Derek Shoen and Ethan Hurn each belted RBI doubles in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and lift the team to a 5-3 win against New Ulm Cathedral on Friday in a nonconference baseball game at Johnson Park.

Hurn also earned the win in relief of Shoen, who started the contest. Hurn relieved Shoen in the sixth inning after Cathedral had tied the game with two runs.

Mark Schommer took the loss for Cathedral (9-9). He went the distance, struck out five and allowed eight hits.

Hurn and Shoen also led the Jaguars offensively with a combined five hits. Hurn and Zach Jahnz each drove in two runs for the Jaguars (15-3).

Nate Hauser and Josh Seidl each had two hits for Cathedral.

“I am very proud of our guys, they really battled hard,” Cathedral coach Bob Weier said. “Thinking back to last Saturday when we played Sleepy Eye Public and faced Avery Stevens that that really prepared these guys for today. Stevens and Shoen are two pitchers of the same type. We had a lot of hard-hit balls, we executed very well. We had a suicide bunt and hit-and-run. I am proud of them.”

The Jaguars jumped to a 3-0 lead with a run in the first on an RBI single from Jahnz. They added two more in the third on an RBI double from Hurn and a Jahnz sacrifice fly.

The Greyhounds cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third. Nate Hauser reached on an infield single and stole second. Josh Seidl’s base hit to center field scored him.

Cathedral, which beat state-ranked Mankato Loyola on Thursday, knotted the game 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth on two errors and two hits.

Aaron Portner and Caleb Kirchberg reached on consecutive infield errors. A fielder’s choice scored Portner to pull Cathedral to within 3-2. A base hit by Chris Knowles and a bunt single by Hauser brought in Tony Gieger, who had reached on the fielder’s choice.

The Jaguars then scored two runs in the top of the seventh for the lead and eventual win.

Dispite the loss, Weier was happy with the performance of Schommer on the mound and his team.

“Every performance he has made he has gotten better,” Weier said. “He has really become a bulldog on the mound for us. He is becoming a pitcher who uses all of his pitches no matter what the count and he is beginning to realize that.

“They are a good team over there. This was a fun game.”