Eagles battle back to earn split with Waseca

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm High School’s Teagan Kamm drops down a bunt during the first game of a doubleheader against Waseca Thursday at NUHS.

NEW ULM — The New Ulm baseball team jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Waseca, a team that entered Thursday’s play without a win on the season.

But after scoring those six runs in the first inning, the Bluejays didn’t go away.

Waseca rallied and eventually got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 1 of a Big South Conference doubleheader on Thursday, defeating the Eagles 12-11 in the first game.

The Eagles came back to earn the split in the second game, winning the nightcap 12-2 in five innings.

Jaden Domeier led the New Ulm offense with three hits and two runs scored in Game 1. Teagan Kamm had two hits and Nolan Drill had two hits and three RBIs. Cole Ranweiler also had two hits and three RBIs.

The Eagles scored six runs off of Waseca starter Tyler Klinger in the first inning, but Waseca responded with four runs in the bottom of the first off New Ulm starter Cole Backer.

New Ulm answered that with three runs of its own in the second inning to go up 9-4, but Waseca again responded when it scored three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to take an 11-9 lead.

The Eagles scored a single run in both the sixth and seventh inning, where the stage was set for Waseca’s Rily Sylvester. Sylvester singled with the bases loaded and one out to help the Blue Jays earn their first win of the year.

Brendan Bieraugal took the loss for the Eagles in relief of Backer. Waseca committed five errors and New Ulm had three errors.

In Game 2, New Ulm scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to go up 9-1.

Drill finished the game with two hits and two runs and two RBIs. Caden Hames was 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs. Wyatt Roberts was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Jackson Bode was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Kaden Gilb earned the win. He went three innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Domeier pitched two innings and allowed three walks and struck out four.

New Ulm hosts Mankato West at 4 p.m. on Friday at Johnson Park.