Errors hurt Cathedral in 2A loss to Loyola

NEW ULM — Two bad innings.

Mankato Loyola took advantage of three first-inning New Ulm Cathedral errors to score three runs and then plated four runs in the fourth on just one hit to down the Greyhounds 8-7 Tuesday in a Section 2A Baseball Tournament winner’s bracket game at Johnson Park.

George Crimmins got the win for the Crusaders in relief of starter T.J. O’Malley.

Colin Anderson was charged with the loss for the Greyhounds.

Christian Theuninck, Anders Winch and Jackson Haala each had two hits for Loyola, now 13-8.

Levi Franta and Elijah Rieser each had two hits for the Greyhounds, with Anderson and Alex Portner each driving in two runs.

Loyola now travels to face top-seeded Springfield at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Cathedral now enters elimination play on Thursday and will face Minnesota Valley Lutheran at 5 p.m at Johnson Park.

For the Greyhounds and head coach Alan Woitas, it was a case of not playing their normal game.

“We gave them too many free base runners, whether that be a walk, a hit by pitch or not making a play in the field,” he said. “Kind of uncharacteristic of us and good teams capitalize on them. And there are only good teams left. But I am proud of our guys for their efforts to get back into it — we responded and we had our chances down the stretch so credit to our kids for battling back but we had to many mistakes this time of the year to win a baseball game.”

The Crusaders, who lost to the Greyhounds 7-5 on May 7, used three errors to plate three runs in the first.

O’Malley led off by being hit by a pitch and raced to third on a throwing error to first. After Anderson fanned Theuninck for one of his four strikeouts in the game, Cam Fogel reached on a catcher’s interference. He stole second and Eddie Engen followed with a two-run single and outfield error.

Engen later scored on a Winch sacrifice fly.

“In that inning we had a hit by pitch, a catcher’s interference, we had a hit and then one hit (the only hit of the inning) and they scored three runs,” Woitas said.

In Loyola’s four-run fourth inning, the Greyhounds were again their own worst enemy.

“In that inning, we had two walks, an error and a base hit and they have seven runs off of two hits,” Woitas said. “You cannot win games this time of year doing that.”

Cathedral managed to cut into the Loyola lead.

The Greyhounds scored two runs in both the second and third innings.

In the second Elliot Schabert was hit by a pitch and Brock Wellmann had a two-out single. Rieser’s infield single load the bases for Alex Portner, who sliced a two-run single to center.

Cathedral plated two more runs in the third inning on singles from Anderson, Franta and Logan Mielke and two wild pitches to cut the lead to 8-4.

The Greyhounds used a three-run bottom of the sixth to pull to within 8-7.

Rieser led off with a single and took second on an error and third on a wild pitch. Finstad walked and stole second. An Anderson single scored Reiser. Franta singled before two hit batters added two more runs.

In the bottom of the seventh, Cathedral put the game-tying run on second with two outs before Crimmins got the final out.

“Whoever we play Thursday (MVL) will be a tough opponent and we are going to have to show up and be ready to go and see what happens from here on out,” Woitas said. “We are capable of working our way back through it, but it is a tough road to climb. One game at a time.”


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