Brewers top Essig in Game 1 of playoffs

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Brewers took a 1-0 lead in a best-of-three series with the Essig Bluejays on Friday night after picking up a 5-0 win in Tomahawk East League first-round playoff action at Johnson Park.

Wade French had a big night for the Brewers as he got the complete-game shutout win on the mound, allowing just four hits with 10 strikeouts.

French also helped his own cause by smashing a deep solo home run to left.

The series continues at 2 p.m. on Sunday when the Brewers travel to Essig.