Productive outs lead Chargers by Rabbits
NEW ULM — Minnesota Valley Lutheran scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings and then added an insurance run in the sixth as the Chargers strengthened their hold on the penthouse of the Tomahawk Conference.
The conference-leading Chargers topped Wabasso 7-3 Monday afternoon at Mueller Park.
Caleb Carlovsky got the pitching win for MVL, now 8-1 in conference and 9-1 overall.
The righthander went 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on 11 hits while striking out five before he left because of pitch count. Mitchell Ulrich got the final out.
Carter Benz was saddled with the loss for the Rabbits (6-2, 4-2). He was charged with four runs in five innings.
Colby Wall had three hits for Wabasso, who outhit the Chargers 11-6.
Carlovsky and Luke Thompson each had two hits for the Chargers, with Reed Selvey adding an RBI triple.
“This was a nice win for us and Caleb (Carlovsky) did a nice job for us,” Chargers head coach Jim Buboltz said. “And we were able to come back from that 2-0 deficit.”
Wasbsso jumped on MVL for two quick runs in the first inning when Wall singled and took second on a passed ball. Will Carlson singled before Benz helped his own cause with a two-run single.
The Chargers, who host Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Johnson Park in a Tomahawk Conference doubleheader, tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the second using something that they used all game to score: productive outs.
Cole Thompson reached on an error and Luke Thompson singled. Groundouts from Kaiden Hammerschmidt and Zach Riederer tied the game.
Wabasso took a 3-2 lead in the top of fourth before MVL used a productive out to score two more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Luke Thompson singled and Hammerschmidt walked. A fielder’s choice scored a run before Reed Selvey tripled down the right field line to score Hammerschmidt.
“We were able to put the ball in play today, and when you do good things can happen,” Buboltz said.
In the fifth inning, MVL scored two runs without a hit.
Josh Giefer walked, swiped second and took third on a wild pitch. Carlovsky struck out but reached first when Wabasso catcher Noah Anderson could not handle the ball. His throw to first was wide and Carlovsky reached and took second on an Anderson throwing error with Giefer scoring.
Cole Thompson was hit by a pitch, ending Benz’ day. Tyler Altermatt took over and walked Hammerschmidt to load the bases before a Riederer groundout scored Gierer.
In the sixth inning, Leyton Brau singled and came around to score on a Carlovsky base hit.