New Ulm loses 13-10, give up 11 runs in 1 inning
SPRINGFIELD — Up 10-2 heading into the top of the seventh, it seemed like a shoo-in to advance to the second round of the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
But Prior Lake scored 11 times in the seventh inning to complete the improbable comeback. The Mudcats advanced with a 13-10 win over the runners-up from Region 2C. They will now play Kimball, the 2017 state champions at 5 p.m. Saturday in Milroy.
Mitch Bockenstedt started the game for the Brewers and went six innings. The Brewers right-hander allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out three.
With the big lead, the Brewers turned to their bullpen. There, Wade French didn’t retire a batter and allowed five runs. He walked three and hit two batters.
Jordan Milbrath took over and took the loss for the Brewers. He gave up six runs in 2/3 of an inning and walked four batters and hit one. He gave up three hits.
Prior to the mayhem in the top of the seventh, New Ulm scored six times in the bottom of the sixth to grab that 10-2 lead.
Alex Wattermann pitched four innings to earn the win in relief. He gave up four runs and five hits.
Prior Lake scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first after back-to-back singles and a New Ulm error led to runners on second and third with nobody out.
New Ulm got that run back in the bottom of the first after French singled to score Hoffmann.
The Brewers loaded the bases in the second inning with nobody out, but Josh Seidl’s grounder to third led to Braden Zimmerman being thrown out at the plate for the first out.
With the bases still loaded, Judd Davis lifted a sac fly to center to score Andrew Peters. J.T. Hoffmann walked to load the bases again, but Hunter Ranweiler struck out looking to end the threat.
The Brewers then took a 3-1 lead in the third inning when Zimmerman singled to score French, who doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sac bunt.
Prior Lake scored a single run in the fourth inning to cut New Ulm’s lead to 3-2,and New Ulm threatened again, but French grounded out with a runner on third in the bottom of the fourth.
Prior Lake’s second error of the game led to another New Ulm run in the bottom of the fifth. After Zimmerman reached second on a throwing error, he took third on a sac fly and scored on Cole Ranweiler’s triple to give the Brewers a 4-2 lead at that point.
Another Prior Lake error led to two more runs for New Ulm. With runners on first and second, French hit a grounder to short but the throw sailed into right field, allowing both runners to score and giving New Ulm a 6-2 lead. Chris Cariveau, who was pinch-running for French, stole third and Jaden Domeier singled up the middle to score him, making it 7-2. Cole Ranweiler’s second triple of the game scored Domeier and Peters, who drew a walk. Josh Seidl followed with another RBI single to make it 10-2.
Things turned into Prior Lake’s favor in the top of the seventh. After Bockenstedt gave up a leadoff single, French was unable to retire a batter. He walked three batters and hit two more as the Mudhens cut the lead to 10-5.
Milbrath then entered the game and allowed a hit and a walk to scored two more runs to make it 10-7. With the bases loaded, Milbrath walked Ben Kelsey to make it 10-8. Milbrath’s wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and a grounder to second allowed Prior Lake to grab an 11-10 lead and Wattermann singled in two more runs for the 13-10 margin.
The Brewers had runners on first and third in the bottom of the ninth, but Brody Peterson struck out looking.