MVL, Cathedral meet up on the diamond
NEW ULM — When New Ulm Cathedral and Minnesota Valley Lutheran meet in a big Tomahawk Conference game, it is usually on the basketball court.
But this Thursday at Johnson Park, the Greyhounds and the Chargers meet in a baseball doubleheader that will have a bearing on who wins the conference baseball crown.
Cathedral comes in at 3-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall and riding a four-game winning streak.
MVL enters the doubleheader unbeaten at 6-0 in conference play and 7-0 overall.
“They have had a really nice start to the season and we have also had a nice start,” Cathedral baseball coach Alan Woitas said. “So it should be two competitive games early in the year and it will be nice to see how we stack up with one another.”
Statistically, both the Greyhounds and the Chargers are each averaging nine runs a game.
MVL has allowed just over three runs a game while Cathedral has permitted just over five runs a game.
Both teams have had success early in the season.
MVL head coach Jim Buboltz attributes his team’s success to the hard work of his players.
“They treasure the game and they want to get better,” Buboltz said. “We have squeaked out some games — we have had rallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. They have wanted to get better and that is huge for this baseball program.”
Buboltz said that Cathedral is one of those traditional powerhouses.
“They do a fantastic job with kids playing lot of baseball in the school year and in the summer,” Buboltz said.
Buboltz hopes that MVL can emulate that with its players.
“We are starting to see a lot more kids from MVL playing summer baseball,” he said. “I am excited about that and the youth program at St. Paul’s (Lutheran grade school).”
Buboltz also gives a lot of credit to the success of his team to his two assistant coaches John Giefer and Jeff Schoenherr.
“They are super-quality guys. John has put in a lot of work with New Ulm baseball and he works with our hitters. And Jeff has been to a couple of state tournaments and he works with our pitchers and catchers.”
Woitas said that after an opening-game loss to Wabasso, it has been a case of his team gaining experience.
Cathedral comes into this doubleheader on a winning streak but has not played in six days.
“We fine-tuned things in that time off,” he said.