Weier hits milestone in sweep

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Wabasso shortstop Nick Altermatt tags out New Ulm Cathedral’s Will Schabert during the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at Mueller Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Mark Schommer knew his pitch count was climbing, but the junior righthander wanted to finish the game and be a part of Cathedral history.

Schommer escaped a two-out single and finished his complete-game effort as New Ulm Cathedral defeated Wabasso 7-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Mueller Park.

The win was significant because it was also head coach Bob Weier’s 400th career victory. He made it No. 401 in the second game with a 10-3 win to complete the sweep.

Schommer allowed six hits in seven innings. He gave up three runs in the sixth inning, but he shook it off and came back strong in the seventh. There, he gave up a two-out hit but retired Jacob Plaetz for the final out.

After the game, Weier was honored and his players were happy to be supportive of him.

“It’s a great honor, he’s such a storied coach and to be able to play under him, it’s a great honor,” Schommer said.

The matchup had the makeup of a pitcher’s duel with Schommer dueling against MSU-Mankato bound Nick Altermatt. Altermatt lasted just four innings and gave up three runs on three hits.

“We knew that they had a couple of really good hitters, especially [Nick] Altermatt who’s going to MSU,” Schommer said. “We knew that I couldn’t just rely on the fastball so we came in thinking we’re going to have to mix it up.”

The Greyhounds scored a run in the second inning after Tony Geiger tripled to score Alex Hillesheim. Hillesheim ended up scoring three runs in the game.

Cathedral then added to the lead in the fourth inning, scoring two more times thanks to a couple of Wabasso errors. The Greyhounds then struck for three runs in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to RBIs from Geiger, Zach Helget and Will Schabert.

Wabasso finally got to Schommer in the sixth as it scored three times. Tony Franta, Altermatt and Plaetz all crossed the plate to cut Cathedral’s lead to 6-3, but Cathedral added another run in the seventh.

In the second game, Aaron Portner went the distance and allowed four hits. He struck out seven.

Hillesheim had two hits and Schommer scored two runs. Chris Knowles also scored two runs and Sam Knowles also scored two runs. Will Schabert had two hits.

Cathedral (5-1) is at Sleepy Eye for a doubleheader on Monday