Greyhounds top Mankato Loyola on Saturday
NEW ULM — Jacob Berg’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Isaiah Rieser from third and lifted New Ulm Cathedral to a 5-4 win over Mankato Loyola Saturday afternoon in a nonconference baseball game at Mueller Park.
Rieser got the pitching win in relief of starter Riley Prochniak.
Prochniak went 4 2/3 innings and fanned three, allowing one run on two hits.
Logan Carlson took the mound loss for the Crusaders (6-2).
Rieser added three hits to his game resume, with Noah Wilmes, Jacob Berg and David Wilfahrt each collecting two hits. Jacob Berg drove in three runs.
Lawson Godfrey and Caleb Fosal each had two his for the Crusaders (6-2).
The Greyounds pieced together their winnning rally in the home half of the eighth when Rieser struck out. But the ball got by Loyola cather Bruce Schwab, whose throw to first was in the dirt and Rieser reached.
Wilmes legged out an infield sngle ending Carlson’s day on the mound. Reliever Matt Gartner came in and intentionally walked Sam Knowles to load the bases with no outs, setting up a force out at any base. But Rieser foiled that strategy when he drove a 1-2 Gartner offering into center field to score Rieser.
The Greyhounds, who improved to 6-2, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Rieser led off with a double, took third on a wilid pitch and scored on a passed ball.
The Crusaders tied the game in the top of the fourt inning when Godfrey doubled and came aroud to score on a passed ball.
Each team scored three runs in the sixth inning before the Greyhounds pushed across the winning run in the eighth inning.