Fairmont VFW Post 1222 sweeps baseball twinbill

THE DELIVERY — Fairmont VFW Post 1222 starting pitcher Dalen Keltgen delivers a strike to the plate during Game 1 of a baseball doubleheader against New Ulm Silver on Saturday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Dalen Keltgen and Jack Hested pitched back-to-back complete-game shutouts to engineer the Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball team’s doubleheader sweep of New Ulm Silver on Saturday at Herb Wolf Field.

Keltgen displayed stellar control by recording four strikeouts and issuing only one walk in firing a five-hitter to pace Fairmont’s 6-0 victory in the opener.

Hested notched seven strikeouts and walked just one in hurling a one-hit gem over five frames as Post 1222 coasted to a 10-0 victory in Game 2.

“Dalen and Jack turned in two good pitching performances for us today,” said Fairmont head coach Todd Sukalski. “We played solid defense during both games, and received some clutch hitting from Dalen in the first game, and then ended the second game by rallying for three runs in the bottom of the fifth.”

Ahead 7-0 in Game 2, Jacob Tennyson drilled a leadoff triple to deep left-center during Fairmont’s fifth at-bat. Zac Ringnell was hit by a pitch before Tennyson crossed the plate on Latrell Huey’s RBI fielder’s choice.

Huey moved to second base on Colby Kuhl’s groundout before crossing the plate when Mario Maldonado’s infield hit to third was thrown away at first.

Maldonado then delivered the top baserunning play of the twinbill by scoring the game-winning run all the way from second on Dustin Schultz’s RBI infield hit to shortstop. Schultz legged out the slow roller as Maldonado never broke stride in covering the final 180 feet to beat the ensuing throw to home.

Dominic Ortiz smacked an RBI single, and later tallied the first inning’s second run on a backdoor steal of home to stake Fairmont to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2.

Hested assisted his own cause by collecting one of only two hits to trigger a five-run bottom of the second. Hested punched an RBI single to right, while Tennyson contributed a run-scoring single to left during the offensive outburst.

Ringnell tallied a sacrifice fly, while Ortiz and Schultz each collected RBI fielder’s choices during the at-bat.

Hested utilized a lively fastball to work out of a second-and-third situation in the second before allowing the only hit of Game 2 to Cole Backer in the top of the fifth.

Tennyson went 3-for-3, including a first-inning double, to pace Fairmont’s offense in Game 2.

Ironically, Game 1 proved scoreless through two and a half innings before Keltgen assisted his own pitching cause during the bottom of the third.

Hested singled, Tennyson was hit by a pitch and Ringnell walked before Keltgen drilled a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner for a 3-0 lead.

Hested later plated both of the Post 1222’s runs during the fourth. Tony Nuss was hit by a one-out offering, Schultz singled, both runners swiped a base and later circled the bases on Hested’s single to right for a 5-0 lead.

Maldonado doubled with two out in the fifth and later tallied Fairmont’s solo run via Nuss’ RBI single to left.

Keltgen scattered six singles through seven frames, retiring New Ulm in order during the first, second, fifth and seventh frames, to earn the victory.

Fairmont (7-2) hosts Blue Earth at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at Herb Wolf Field.

(Game 1)

NU Silver 000 000 0 — 0 5 1

Fairmont 003 210 x — 6 7 0

Cole Backer (LP), Jackson Bode (4), Tony Geiger (6) and Preston Helget. Dalen Keltgen (WP) and Zac Ringnell.

LOB–Fairmont 9, New Ulm 5. 2B–Keltgen (F), Mario Maldonado (F).

(Game 2)

NU Silver 000 00 — 0 1 2

Fairmont 250 03 — 10 7 1

Winning run scored with two out in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Jordan Maki (LP), Matt Reiger (4) and Tony Geiger. Jack Hested (WP) and Zac Ringnell.

LOB–Fairmont 3, New Ulm 3. 2B–Jacob Tennyson (F). 3B–Tennyson (F). SF–Ringnell (F). SAC–Jacob Bertrang (NU).