FAIRMONT - New Ulm Gold starting pitcher Nick Dewanz kept the Fairmont American Legion Post 36 bats silent early in the game, and they never recovered as New Ulm went on to win 6-1 in legion baseball action on Monday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.
Dewanz struck out two of the first three batters to start the game, combining with Tanner Kluis on the mound to hold the top of Fairmont's potent batting order to an 0-for-7 night at the plate.
Dewanz pitched four innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out two to earn the win.
PUTTING?DOWN?THE?TAG — Fairmont American Legion Post 36 shortstop Spencer Chirpich lays the tag down as New Ulm Gold’s Jordan Guggisberg attempts to steal second in baseball action on Monday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Kluis pitched the final three innings to close out the win, giving up just three hits and striking out four in relief.
"Offensively today we just were not able to get anything going," said Fairmont American Legion Post 36 head coach Scott Chirpich. "Their pitchers did a nice job for them and we couldn't find any rhythm."
New Ulm Gold rallied for a pair of runs in the fourth inning to stake a one-run lead, before a three-run sixth clinched the win.
New Ulm's Tim Kehren drew a walk to start out the fourth and raced to second on Judd Davis' grounder to third.
Kehren then swiped third base before Grant Kannegiesser, who went 2-for-3 from the plate, walked to put runners on the corners.
Post 36 reliever, Christian Petschke, then walked Tanner Kluis to load the bases for New Ulm Gold, and Drew Pfaff scorched a hit inside the third baseline to score Kehren and Kannegiesser to take the 2-1 lead.
From there, a three-run sixth inning was all New Ulm Gold needed to clinch the win.
"Defensively we didn't make the plays when we needed to; they were able to get runners in scoring position and were able to get timely hits to score runs," said Chirpich.
Davis, who went 1-for-3 with a run scored, hit a single to left to start the sixth, before wheeling to second on Kannegiesser's single up the middle.
Kluis was the run generator with a hard-hit double to centerfield, driving in Davis and Kannegiesser before getting thrown out at third.
Pfaff, who finished 1-for-2 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs, walked to restart the rally, and with the help of a Brach Kraus hit to left, was able to score the third run of the inning.
Post 36 jumped out to the early lead in the second inning, with Ryan Noll, who went 2-for-3, lining a hit to left.
A pair of groundouts in at-bats from Petschke and Andy Reiter advanced Noll to third, before starting pitcher Jordan Voss, who went 2-for-2, delivered an RBI single to score Noll.
Levi Becker added a pair of hits for Post 36 in the loss, while Jay Ruen and Reiter each delivered singles.
Voss pitched the first two innings, holdling New Ulm Gold hitless and striking out one in the no decision.
Petschke absorbed the loss, pitching two innings and allowing two runs on one hit, striking out one and walking three.
Fairmont American Legion Post 36 (10-6) opens Division I, 2nd District Tournament action at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Johnson Park in New Ulm. No. 4-seeded Fairmont faces No. 5-seeded Mankato National.
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Nick Dewanz (WP), Tanner Kluis (5) and Grant Kannegiesser. Jordan Voss, Christian Petschke 3 (LP), Ryan Noll (5), Levi Becker (6), Bryce Holm (7) and Andy Reiter.
LOB-NU 5; Fairmont 6. 2B-Tanner Kluis (NU).