Eagles sweep Worthington, clinch share of Big South West
NEW ULM — It was not a pretty win but it was a win that clinched at least a share of the Big South West Conference for the New Um Eagles.
New Ulm scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break an 8-8 tie and went on to top Worthington 12-9 in the second game of a doubleheader with the Trojans.
The Eagles won the first game 11-0 in five innings.
Carter Lang, the third pitcher used by the Eagles in the game, earned the win as New Ulm improved to 9-0 in conference play and 11-2 overall.
Lang and Jaden Drill each had two hits, with Lang driving in three runs in Game 2. Drill, Isaiah Miller and Hunter Sehr each drove in two runs also in Game 2.
“We did not play well this game but maybe after that first game we got too confident,” New Ulm coach Kevin Briggs said. “We made some mistakes but we found a way to win not playing our best game.”
In Game 2, New Ulm trailed Worthington (6-8, 3-7) 4-1 before scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth. A two-run single from Lang and an RBI off of the bat of Drill tied the game before two runs came home on an Isaiah Miller infield single.
The Trojans erased that with four runs of their own in the fifth for an 8-6 lead.
The Eagles, who play at Owatonna on Monday, tied the game with two runs in the fifth before plating four runs in the sixth with two of those runs scoring on a Hunter Sehr bunt single.
The other two scoring on a wild pitch and ensuing throwing error.
Lang and the Eagles then hung on for the win.
In the opener, left-hander Ethan Stade held Worthington to two hits and New Ulm pounded out 13 hits.
New Ulm outhit Worthington 14-2.
Stade fanned five.
Evan Wiltscheck had three hits, with Jadon Drill and Kedar Schmitz each adding two hits. Wiltscheck had two RBIs.
New Um scored two runs in the first inning and then added four runs each in the third and fifth sandwiched around a run in the fourth.