New Ulm Jr. Legion pounds Hutchinson

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Junior Legion Gold’s Noah Wilmes droves the ball during New Ulm’s win against Hutchinson Thursday at Mueller Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — Coming off of a narrow 5-4 home loss to the Mankato Royals on Wednesday, New Ulm Junior Legion Gold came back in a big way against Hutchinson Post 96 on Thursday at Mueller Park, picking up a 14-2 win in five innings of VFW baseball action.

Hunter Sehr picked up the win in five innings, giving up five hits and two walks for two earned runs with five strikeouts.

“I did all right,” Sehr said. “I just tried to pound the zone with fastballs early in the counts and just make them put it in play.”

Tyler Hart took the loss for Hutchinson with one inning of work.

After allowing Hutchinson to gain an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Alex Prieve, Junior Gold answered back for seven runs in the bottom of the inning, getting an RBI single each from Ethan Stade and Jackson Bode, a sac fly from Tony Geiger and a fielder’s choice RBI from Sehr.

New Ulm batted around in the inning and also scored runs on three Hutchinson errors for a 7-1 lead after one. Bode had two singles in the inning, with his second driving in a run.

“It always makes it easier when you give one [run] up and get seven back for your pitcher,” Junior Gold head coach Mike Munce said. “It makes it a lot easier for your pitcher. I’ll take that any time.”

New Ulm added five more runs in the second inning to lead 12-1, led by a two-run double from Sehr to left field and an RBI double to right off the bat of Bode. Geiger also had an RBI single in the inning, while Cade Bushard, who was hit by a pitch three times and also scored three times on Thursday, scored on an error.

Junior Gold scored another pair of runs in the third on an RBI base hit from Evan Wiltscheck and a fielder’s choice RBI from Noah Wilmes. Hutchinson added its final run in the fifth inning on an RBI infield single from Jon Kuttner.

New Ulm was led by Bode, who was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while Geiger was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a double.

With the regular season winding down, Sehr said that the team was focusing on playoffs and playing together as a team.

“For playoffs, we’re all ready,” Sehr said. “We’re coming together as a team and really enjoying each other’s company. As the season goes on, you just want to be a team.”