New Ulm Junior Legion stomps Lake Crystal in five innings

Staff photo by Ari Selvey New Ulm Junior Legion’s Dirk Haynes rounds third base during a junior legion baseball game against Lake Crystal Monday at Mueller Park.

NEW ULM — It was not a good first inning for Lake Crystal right-hander Brayen Mathews in their game with the New Ulm Junior Legion Monday night at Mueller Park.

By the time Mathews had recorded the third out, he had thrown 46 pitches and New Ulm had scored eight runs.

The Junior Legion added two more runs in the second and tacked on three more in the fourth for a 13-0 win.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run lead rule.

Collin Forstner got the win for New Ulm, now 2-0. He went two innings and did not allow a hit while striking out two. Ayden Gostonczik, Spencer Drill and Cohen Domeier each pitched an inning and allowed just one hit.

Ryan Rathmann and Dirk Haynes each had two hits for New Ulm with Rathmann driving in three runs. Rathmann and Domeier each had a triple.

For the Junior Legion and head coach Mike Anderson, the win was started by that big first inning.

“We took good at-bats and took advantage of what they gave us,” Anderson said as New Ulm used four walks, two wild pitches and three hits for an 8-0 lead.

By the time Lake Crystal recorded the first out, New Ulm had sent eight batters to the plate.

Parker Neubauer started off for New Ulm by being hit by a pitch. Tanner Backer and Zach Hubbard both walked to load the bases.

A Hunter Larson single made it 1-0 before an infield error — one of five errors in the game by Lake Crystal — added two more runs.

A Rathmann two-run triple made it 5-0 and a wild pitch upped the lead to 6-0.

A wild pitch and a groundout moved New Ulm to an 8-0 lead.

The Junior Legion scored two more runs in the second on one hit and two more errors before plating three runs in the fourth, with two of them coming on a Domeier triple.

“What I liked today is we found barrels,” Anderson said. “Even some of our outs were hit hard — we found barrels from one through nine in the lineup.”

Anderson was also happy that he got work for four of his pitchers in the game.

“And we have four more pitchers,” he said. “We are trying to set up our rotation for the Melby Meltdown this weekend in Minnetonka — we are guaranteed five games and could play up to seven.”

New Ulm is at Mankato East tomorrow night at ISG Field.


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