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Lang’s game-winning single leads Eagles past Tigers

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau New Ulm’s Cole Ranweiler leaps into Carter Lang in celebration after Lang drove in the game-winning run against Marshall on Tuesday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — A single by Carter Lang in the bottom of the seventh gave New Ulm High School a 4-3 walk-off win over Marshall on Tuesday in Big South Conference baseball action.

After Kedar Schmitz walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Jack Albrecht dropped down a sac bunt to move Schmitz up a bag. Cole Ranweiler was walked intentionally before a groundout led to the Eagles’s second out of the inning.

Lang then singled up the middle to bring home Schmitz for the game-winning run.

New Ulm (9-2, 7-0) originally had to battle back from being down 3-0 after the Tigers (9-3, 8-2) added three runs in the third. After Jack Bly doubled in a run to give Marshall a 1-0 lead, a throwing error allowed Bly to come home next to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Marshall added its other run on a dropped fly ball.

The Eagles responded in the bottom of the fourth for three runs to knot things up. After Lang singled with one out, Jaden Drill doubled him in to have the Eagles down 3-1.

Evan Wiltscheck then reached on a walk. A wild pitch allowed pinch-runner Connor Slette and Wiltscheck to move up a base, before a bunt by Isaiah Miller that was pulled back ended up leading to two runs for New Ulm.

After Miller pulled his bunt back, Marshall’s catcher threw to third and caught Slette off base in a run down. The return throw home was deflected away for an error, however, allowing Slette and Wiltscheck to scamper home and tie things up at 3-3.

Eagles starter Sam Keckeisen pitched six innings, allowing four hits, a walk and three runs. He struck out five. Left-hander Hunter Sehr got the win for New Ulm in an inning of relief.

After a walk filled the bases in the top of the seventh, Sehr escaped the bases-load jam on a flyout to center.

Marshall reliever Mitchell Bouwman took the loss in 3 1/3 innings of relief, striking out one and allowing two hits and two walks for one earned run.

In addition to giving the Eagles the game-winning hit, Lang was also a leader for the Eagles at the plate by going 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Drill was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

Brock Shultz led the Tigers at the plate, going 2 for 3.

New Ulm is at Worthington for a doubleheader on Friday.

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