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New Ulm sweeps Owatonna

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Cole Ranweiler watches his walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning against Owatonna on Monday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Johnson Park.

NEW UM — Cole Ranweiler’s two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the New Ulm Eagles to a 5-4 win over Owatonna in a nonconference baseball game at Johnson Park.

New Ulm then went on to sweep the Huskies with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.

In the first game, Hunter Sehr got the win in relief of starter Nolan Drill.

Teagan Kamm and Drill had two hits in the first game.

Kamm and Ranweiler each drove in two runs.

In the second game, Colton Schaefer got the win with Cole Backer earning the save.

In Game 2, it was late-inning scores that earned the Eagles a win as they scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 2-1 Owatonna lead.

Eagles’ coach Kevin Briggs was especially pleased with his team’s pitching in both games.

“The pitching kept us in the games, especially that first game,” he said. “Hats off to Hunter Sehr for keeping us close and then getting that key hit from Cole in the 10th inning.”

Game 2 saw a solid pitching performance from right-hander Colton Schaefer who held Owatonna bats to five hits through five innings before Backer got the save.

In Game 2, the Eagles pushed across three runs in the fifth to take a lead.

Schaefer led off with a single before a walk, a fielder’s choice and singles from Kamm and Drill gave New Ulm the go-ahead runs.

Briggs said that overall his team (10-10) did minimize damage when his team did have an error.

“We did not let it compound,” he said. “We played solid defense and we got great pitching. That is good to see as we head into the postseason. We beat a quality 4A school twice so I hope it builds momentum for the postseason.”

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