Springfield comes up short against Chaska

Olmsheid hits walk-off single in 7th inning

NEW ULM — Chaska’s Nick Olmsheid only had one hit in five at bats against Springfield Post 257 on Friday, but it came when his team needed it the most. With a walk-off single by Olmsheid in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chaska picked up a 7-6 win in Upper Midwest Classic baseball action at Johnson Park.

Springfield originally battled back after being down 6-1 and tied things up after two runs in the fifth and three runs in the seventh.

First it was Springfield’s Tyson Meidl reaching on a check-swing single that took a big hop at first base to lead off the fifth. Mitchell Buerkle then reached on a bunt single.

Meidl scored from third on a dropped third strike that was thrown to first for the second out of the inning. Buerkle later scored on a throwing error to third by Chaska catcher Matthew Dixey.

Springfield then tied it up in the seventh after Mitchell Leonard took a bases-loaded walk to score the first run of the inning. After Ivan Hovland was hit by a pitch with the bases still loaded, Springfield trailed by just one run.

Mason Rummel then dropped down a perfect bunt down the third-base line to drive in Springfield’s final run of the inning.

The heavy-hitting performance from Chaska, though, proved to be too much in the end for Springfield. Chaska had 14 hits, while Springfield had six.

Springfield head coach Carter Erickson said that he was still proud of how his team battled back against a Division I team.

“[We] came to battle,” Erickson said. “When you look at that, that’s the highest class in Minnesota, and we’re the smallest class. That just shows that we can hang with the big boys, and you can’t ask for much more than that from this type of team.”

Meidl got the loss for Springfield in relief of Henry Scheitel, who pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks. Meidl pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up just the one run in the seventh.

Erickson said that despite the hits given up, he felt his pitchers did a good job against a tough team and was proud of how Meidl pitched out of the pen.

“He’s a change of pace guy,” Erickson said of Meidl. “We can usually go one or two times through the lineup, that’s usually what we do with him, and he’s been good all year doing that. He doesn’t throw as hard as most guys, but that’s exactly what we want with a guy coming in out of the pen.”

Springfield was led by Buerkle, who was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Rummel also went 2 for 4 with an RBI for Springfield.

Chaska was led by Will Magnuson with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, two RBIs and a pair of doubles. Joe Jersak also added a pair of hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for Chaska. Jersak just missed a two-run homer in the third after the ball hit off the lower fence in left-center field for a two-run double.

Tom Reinitz got the no decision for Chaska after pitching the first five innings and striking out ten. He allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks.

Springfield plays the Mankato Nationals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Park first before taking on North St. Paul at 7 p.m. later on at Mueller Park.