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Brewers defeat Stark in Region 2C playoff game

NEW ULM — Cole Ranweiler’s two-run inside the park home run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the New Ulm Brewers a 5-1 lead over Stark, as New Ulm came away with a 5-3 win over the Longhorns Saturday night at Johnson Park in a Region 2C playoff game.

Mitch Bockenstedt got the pitching win for the Brewers. He went eight innings and allowed one run and scattered five hits while striking out nine. Andrew Peters pitched the ninth and allowed two runs.

Adam Sellner took the mound loss for Stark.

The left-hander pitched eight innings and was charged with five runs. He allowed 12 hits and fanned eight.

Judd Davis, Wade French, Andrew Peters and Cole Ranweiler each had two hits.

Nick Labat had three of Stark’s five hits.

Stark played Sunday night at Searles in a Region 2C game while the Brewers will play Wednesday night in Hanska in a Region 2C contest.

The Brewers grabbed a 1-0 lead on Sellner and the Longhorns in the third inning when J.T. Hoffmann reached on an infield error and scampered to third on a Wade French single. Hoffmann later scored on a double steal.

Stark came back to knot the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth when Brandon Helget drew a lead-off walk. He went to second on a wild pitch and raced home on a Nick Labat double to left field.

The Brewers grabbed a 3-1 lead in the home half of the sixth inning. Jaden Domeier singled to start the inning and went to second on a Peters’ base hit.

Both runners tagged up and advanced a base on a Ranweiler fly out. A Sellner wild pitch plated Domeier before Josh Seidl singled in Peters.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, New Ulm scored two big runs.

Peters reached on an infield error before Cole Ranweiler came up and drove a Sellner pitch over the head of Longhorns center fielder Sean Mathowetz that was deep enough to allow Ranweiler to score for an inside the park home run.

Stark came back in the top of the ninth off of Peters to score twice. Labat laced a one-out single, and Mason Cox followed with a base hit to center field. A two-out walk to Tim Seifert loaded the bases before Zach Haala reached on an error that allowed two runs to score to cut the lead to 5-3. Mathiowetz walked to load the bases before Peters got the final out to end the game.

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