Tigers grab conference win over Greyhounds

Staff photo by Travis Rosenau Springfield pitcher Kade Nachreiner delivers a pitch during a Tomahawk Conference baseball game against New Ulm Cathedral on Monday at Mueller Park in New Ulm.

NEW ULM — In a game that saw a combined 17 strikeouts and just six combined hits, it was a diving catch by Springfield left fielder Lucas Milbrath that was the highlight of the contest.

Milbrath’s diving grab of a Joey Schugel line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning kept the tying run on first as the Tigers came away with a 3-1 win over New Ulm Cathedral Monday afternoon in a Tomahawk Conference baseball game at Mueller Park.

Kade Nachreiner got the win for Springfield (6-0, 4-0). Nachreiner scattered three hits and struck out nine. He did not walk a batter and hit one.

Levi Franta took the loss for Cathedral (4-2, 2-2). He went 6 2/3 innings and also allowed just three hits while fanning eight and allowing both runs.

Aiden Moriarty, Jakob Nachreiner and Brecken Heiling had the hits for Springfield, with Kade Nachreiner and Moriarty driving in runs.

Colin Anderson, Caleb Forstner and Matt Seidl had the Greyhounds’ hits, with Seidl’s hit being a double in the sixth when the Greyhounds tied the game.

“This was a great high school baseball game,” Springfield head coach Brandon Wilhelmi said. “Both pitchers threw a lot of strikes, they both kept the game moving. We made the plays and our outfielders made phenomenal plays.”

Cathedral head coach Alan Woitas praised Franta for his work on the mound.

“He did a nice job,” Woitas said. “He was ahead of the hitters consistently as was Kade [Nachreiner]. He was consistently ahead of hitters and that makes it tough at the plate. Levi was up 1-2 or 0-2 on the hitters on the count.”

Cathedral entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing the Tigers 1-0 after an RBI single from Moriarty in the second.

But in the home half of the sixth, the Greyhounds knotted the game.

Seidl led off with a double and raced to third on a wild pitch.

He scored on an outfield error on a Jake Finstad fly ball, but Kade Nachreiner worked out of any more damage.

Springfield broke the tie in the top of the seventh with two runs.

Heiling and Jakob Nachreiner singled before Franta hit Russell Beers to load the bases.

Franta walked Kade Nachreiner to force in Heiling.

Jake Finstad relieved Franta and hit Jackson Ludewig to bring in another run for a 3-1 lead.

Cathedral mounted a threat in the bottom of the seventh when Brock Wellmann reached on a fielder’s choice and Elliott Schabert was hit by a pitch.

Joey Schugel came up and laced a sinking line drive down the left field line that that Milbrath made a diving catch, saving one and a potential game-tying run.

“We were talking in the dugout and and saying that our outfielders were not playing deep enough,” Wilhelmi said. “So we moved them back a couple of steps, but it is a good thing that he is 6-foot-7 and has a wing span of 25 feet — that catch saved the game.”

Woitas said that with two good pitchers throwing a low scoring game was expected.

“They were able to capitalize on some opportunities in the seventh inning,” he said.


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