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Big inning lifts New Ulm past Essig

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke New Ulm Brewers second baseman Colton Schaefer makes a diving stop and throws to first base during Saturday’s Region 2C amateur baseball playoff game at Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD — When New Ulm Brewer second baseman Colton Schaefer reached on a lead-off infield single in the bottom of the fifth inning in New Ulm’s Region 2C winner’s bracket playoff game against Essig, no one in attendance at Riverside Park in Springfield could have guessed what was going to follow.

Essig had just scored two runs in the top of the inning to cut the top-seeded Brewers lead to 7-3.

Schaefer’s single turned out to be one of his two hits in the same inning. Judd Davis, J.T. Hoffmann and Andrew Peters also had two hits in that inning.

When the dust finally settled, the Brewers had scored a team-record 17 runs and banged out 12 hits in the inning and went on to down Essig 24-3.

The game was stopped after 6 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

New Ulm outhit Essig 19-6 in the game.

Mitch Bockenstedt got the win for the Brewers.

He went five innings and allowed three runs, one of the runs was earned. He scattered six hits and fanned nine. Ethan Stade pitched the final two innings and struck out four batters.

Eric Scheibel took the loss for Essig.

With the win, the Brewers now play Courtland next at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Johnson Park in a winner’s bracket contest.

Essig now enters elimination play at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday when it meets Searles at Johnson Park.

Davis, Hoffmann and Hunter Ranweiler each had three hits. Wade French, Peters, and Brody Peterson each added two hits for the Brewers.

Ranweiler homered and had five RBIs. French and Peters each had two doubles. Brody Peterson had a triple.

The Brewers fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first on an unearned run.

But in the bottom of the inning, Davis and Hoffmann singled before Hunter Ranweiler drove Scheibel’s first pitch over the fence in right.

In the second, New Ulm added four more runs on two hits.

The Bluejays scored two runs in the top of the fifth before the Brewers sent 21 batters to the plate and scored 17 runs.

Peters had two doubles in that inning, with Cole Ranweiler coming off of the bench for an RBI triple.

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