Schommer shuts out Faribault, Gold wins

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Hunter Ranweiler slides into home after rounding the bases during New Ulm’s playoff win against Faribault Wednesday at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.

MANKATO — Wednesday might not have been the best offensive showing New Ulm Legion Gold has had all year, but it didn’t matter much with Mark Schommer on the mound.

Schommer fanned nine while allowing five hits and two walks for a 3-0 complete-game shutout over Faribault in Legion Substate 2 playoff action at Franklin Rogers Park.

Gold’s three-run output on Wednesday tied the fewest amount of runs scored for the team in a victory this summer. Their other lowest-scoring win was a 3-2 win over Rogers on June 22.

Gold didn’t have to be flashy on Wednesday, though, as the win moved New Ulm on in the winner’s bracket. Gold now has a 10:30 a.m. game at Franklin Rogers Park on Thursday against Jordan, who defeated Sleepy Eye in Game 3 on Wednesday to continue in the winner’s bracket.

Gold scored their first run in the second inning after Braden Zimmerman was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. An Aaron Portner single then advanced Zimmerman to third on the throw into the infield. Portner ended up on second after the throw in.

A balk by Faribault starting pitcher Dylan Vargo then brought Zimmerman in for a 1-0 Gold lead and advanced Portner to third. Jordan Fischer then looked to drive in Gold’s second run of the day on a sac fly to right, but Portner was called out after the throw to home on a close play.

Gold then got a pair of insurance runs in the fifth, one of them in an unconventional way to say the least. With two outs in the inning, Hunter Ranweiler hit a sharp single into right to score Josh Seidl.

The right fielder, however, let the ball roll by under his glove and to the wall for an error. Ranweiler then turned on the jets and made it all the way around to score to give Gold a 3-0 lead, which was all the runs New Ulm needed.

Gold got a single hit in every inning but the first. They were led by Fischer, who went 2 for 3, and Ranweiler, who went 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.

Seidl also added a single and a walk with a run scored. Portner was 1 for 2 with a walk.

Schommer’s only real trouble came in the third inning after giving up back-to-back singles to Dylan O’Neil and Mitch Nelson. He forced a fielder’s choice and picked up a strikeout, though, to escape the inning.