Scheffler powers Tigers past Chargers

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Springfield’s Decker Scheffler hits a home run during the Tigers’ game against Minnesota Valley Lutheran Tuesday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Decker Scheffler wanted to make up for his first at-bat in which he saw one pitch and grounded out to second.

So in the second inning, Scheffler did just that, hitting a two-run home run to right field. He later had a two-run double to lead Springfield past Minnesota Valley Lutheran 14-4 in five innings at Johnson Park Tuesday in Tomahawk Conference baseball action.

Scheffler’s been swinging a hot bat for the Tigers lately and on Tuesday that trend continued as he went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

“Second at-bat, I saw a few more pitches than I did in the first at-bat, which is kind of my goal going forward into the season, after I saw a few pitches, it felt better,” Scheffler said. 

Scheffler also shook off a first inning in which he allowed two runs and earned the win. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowed four runs (three earned) and he struck out two and walked three.

Jace Marotz took the loss for the Chargers. He gave up six runs in 3 1/3 inings and allowed three hits.

Mason Rummel was also a tough out, reaching all three times he was up. He finished 1 for 2, reaching on an error and drawing a walk. Henry Scheitel was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Tigers (6-0).

The Chargers scored twice in the bottom of the first, but Springfield responded with five runs in the top of the second.

Scheitel and Hunter Mathiowetz each drove in a run and later, Scheffler homered to right to make it 5-2.

Mathiowetz drove in another run in the fourth and the Tigers exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to put the game away.

Aaron Salonek was 1 for 3 for the Tigers with two runs scored. Ivan Hovland scored two runs and Elijah Kirschstein scored three runs for the Tigers.

Leyton Brau was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Mason Cox was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Springfield will host Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s in a doubleheader at Leavenworth on Thursday.

The Chargers will play New Ulm Cathedral in a doubleheader at Johnson Park on Thursday.