Eagles come up short to Mankato West

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm’s Nolan Drill is tagged out by Benjamin Hopper of Mankato West during the Eagles’ loss Friday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Mankato West pushed across three runs in the top of the first inning after two were out and two Scarlet pitchers made those three runs stand up as West edged New Ulm 3-2 Friday afternoon at Johnson Park in a nonconference game.

Alexander Dittbenner got the win for West (9-6). He went the first four innings and allowed one run on one hit while striking out three. Avery Miller tossed the last three innings and yielded one run on four hits.

Teagan Kamm took the complete-game loss for New Ulm, now 5-7 on the season,

Kamm allowed those three first-inning runs but then settled down and gave up only four hits in the last six innings.

Jack Foster and Sam Vosburg each had two hits for the Scarlets. Lucas Warner had two RBIs for West.

Nolan Drill had two hits for New Ulm, including a double.

“A great game pitching by Teagan Kamm.” New Ulm head coach Kevin Briggs said. “After he got out of that first inning, he held them at bay. West is always a good hitting team, so hats off to Teagan. He pitched a heck of a game.”

West tallied all of their runs in the game when Foster coaxed a two-out walk and Avery Miller drove a base hit to right field.

Sam Vosburg’s double scored Foster for a 1-0 lead. Miller and Vosburg raced home on Lucas Warner’s single for a 3-0 lead.

Kamm settled down and allowed only four more Scarlet runners to reach base the rest of the game.

“West came out with some intensity swinging the bats in that (first) inning,” Briggs said. “Teagan got behind in some counts.”

The Eagles, who host Marshall Saturday at 6 p.m. at Johnson Park, cut into that lead with a run in the bottom of the second. Nolan Drill led off with a double to center field. Colton Schaefer drew a one-out walk before both runners moved up a base on a Dittbenner wild pitch.

Drill came into score on a Hunter Sehr groundout.

The Eagles pulled to within 3-2 off of Miller in the bottom of the sixth.

Jackson Bode led off with a bloop single to right field. Bode took second on a Noah Hauge sacrifice bunt.

Kamm then helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single.

New Ulm mounted a threat in the home half of the seventh when Drill led off with a single but was thrown out trying to steal second.

Cole Ranweiler followed with a base hit but would end up stranded there.

Briggs said that despite the close loss, he feels that his team can beat anyone.

“But we can also lose to anybody. It just depends on what kind of energy they decide to bring and how they decide to play.

“This team can beat anyone in the section — I believe that and I feel they believe that — we are not peaking yet.”

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