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Nienhaus, Sleepy Eye Post 7 shut out Gold

Staff photo by Ari Selvey Sleepy Eye Post 7’s Winsten Nienhaus rounds third to go home during an American Legion baseball game against New Ulm Legion Tuesday at Mueller Park.

NEW ULM — Sleepy Eye’s Winsten Nienhaus held New Ulm Legion bats to just three hits though six innings and the Post 7 bats pounded out 14 hits as Sleepy Eye blanked New Ulm Gold 9-0 Tuesday night in an American Legion baseball game at Mueller Park.

Nienhaus fanned six in his six-inning appearance.

Blaine Olson took the loss for New Ulm (0-1).

Arian Saenz, Cody Schultz, Caden Evers and Owen Weiss each had three hits for Sleepy Eye (1-0).

Evers, Weiss, Mark Anderson and Jon Petermann each drove in two runs for Sleepy Eye.

“Winsten came ready to play,” Zach Haala Post 7 coach said. “He competed tonight — threw strikes — he got out of some jams and out defense made some plays when we needed to.”

Gold coach Curt Forbrook said it wasn’t a good start for his team.

“It was kind of a rough start for us,” Forbrook said. “Sleepy Eye hit the ball well and we did not and that was the story of the game.”

Sleepy Eye, who hosts Eden Praire noon on Saturday, scored two unearned runs off of Olson in the second on an error, a walk and a two-run triple from Mark Anderson.

Post 7 added three runs in the fifth on a two-run double from Caden Evers and a wild pitch.

New Ulm had threats in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings but failed to score. Post 132 stranded eight runners on base.

“We had threats, but three hits are not going to win games, but we will come around,” Forbrook said.

Sleepy Eye plated four runs in the top of the seventh on five hits.

“Fourteen hits for us tonight is awesome,” Haala said. “We came out ready to swing and we put the ball in play.”

New Ulm is at Willmar at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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