New Ulm baseball sweeps pair from Fairmont

BACK-PEDALING SNARE — Fairmont second baseman Zach Jorgensen (20) makes a back-pedaling catch in shallow center field during Game 2 of a Big South Conference baseball doubleheader against New Ulm on Tuesday night at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Cardinals’ centerfielder Dustin Schultz backs up the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Leadoff batter Jaden Domeier not only ignited New Ulm’s offensive performance during Tuesday night’s doubleheader at Herb Wolf Field, but the Eagle senior centerfielder stepped to the mound in the late innings to preserve a sweep of the Fairmont Cardinals.

Domeier combined to collect four hits, including a pair of doubles, and scored three runs with one RBI from the batter’s box, while pitching two scoreless and hitless innings of relief to cap wins of 9-3 and 4-3, respectively, over the Cardinals.

“We just didn’t arrive at the ballpark with much enthusiasm today,” said Fairmont co-head coach Jerry Brooks. “If you don’t play with much energy against an athletic program like New Ulm, you’ll come out on the short end of the stick, and that was the story of the first game.

“In Game 2, our pitchers helped us stay close on the scoreboard and gave us an opportunity to win, but we couldn’t come up with a big hit in key situations.”

Domeier set the early offensive tone in the opener by hammering a leadoff double in the top of the first inning before scoring on Nolan Drill’s RBI single. New Ulm then combined Cole Ranweiler’s two-out single with a Fairmont balk and two Cardinal errors to build an early 3-0 lead.

Cale Steuber, who went 4-for-7 on the two-game span, singled and later scored on Nick Eversman’s RBI single to answer in Fairmont’s home half of the first. Dustin Schultz singled and Zac Ringnell lined an RBI hit to center to plate Eversman to inch within 3-2, but Drill — New Ulm’s starting pitcher — notched two of his four strikeouts to avoid further damage.

Drill utilized stellar command of the strike zone by not issuing a walk and scattered five more hits — two more by Steuber — during the next 5 2/3 frames to earn the Game 1 win.

Domeier stepped to the mound with two out and Schultz standing on second base on the heels of his double, and recorded the final out in the seventh.

Drill assisted his own cause in the opener by going 2-for-4 with a double and a game-best three RBIs, while Ranweiler went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.

Steuber’s 3-for-4 performance with one RBI and Schultz’s 2-for-4 effort paced the Cardinals’ nine-hit attack in Game 1.

Ahead 1-0, Ranweiler legged out an infield hit to set the table for back-to-back RBI doubles by Colten Schaefer and pinch hitter Landon Depew during the bottom of the fourth inning in Game 2.

Ironically, Domeier lashed a leadoff double in New Ulm’s fifth at-bat and later scored the eventual decisive run on Drill’s RBI hit.

Trailing 4-0, Steuber proved the perfect leadoff batter by reaching on an infield hit to trigger Fairmont’s three-run rally in the top of the sixth. Eversman walked one out later before Schultz smacked a run-scoring double and Jacob Tennyson followed with a pivotal two-run double into the left-field corner to whittle the Cardinals’ deficit to 4-3.

New Ulm mentor Kevin Briggs opted to bring Domeier to the mound in place of starter Cole Backer to halt Fairmont’s late comeback bid, and the Eagles’ right-hander got a groundout and a flyout to preserve the one-run lead.

Domeier received a double play from Ranweiler at shortstop during the Cardinals’ seventh at-bat to help exit with the save.

Backer allowed three runs on six hits, struck out two and walked one in 5 1/3 innings to net the win for New Ulm.

Fairmont reliever Dalen Keltgen struck out one and allowed one hit in two shutout innings of work. Starter Jack Hested took the loss by giving up four runs — three earned — on seven hits in four-plus innings.

Fairmont (11-5) is idle until playing host to Albert Lea and Jackson County Central next Tuesday in a split doubleheader at Herb Wolf Field. The first pitch of the Cardinals-Tigers game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

New Ulm (8-8) plays host to St. Peter on Thursday at Johnson Park.

(Game 1)

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Nolan Drill (WP), Jaden Domeier (7) and Evan Wiltscheck. Joey Flohrs (LP), Dan Brummond (6), Nick Eversman (7) and Zac Ringnell.

LOB–New Ulm 8; Fairmont 7. 2B–Dustin Schultz (FA), Domeier (NU), Drill (NU). 3B–Cole Ranweiler (NU). SAC–Jack Hested (FA), Teagan Kamm (NU), Colten Schaefer (NU), Noah Hauge (NU).

(Game 2)

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Jack Hested (LP), Dalen Keltgen (5) and Zac Ringnell. Cole Backer (WP), Jaden Domeier (6, Sv) and Evan Wiltscheck.

LOB–Fairmont 5, New Ulm 3. 2B–Nick Eversman (FA), Dustin Schultz (FA), Jacob Tennyson (FA), Domeier (NU), Colten Schaefer (NU), Landon Depew (NU).

New Ulm swept both ends of a doubleheader, 4-2 and 14-4, with Fairmont during B-squad action Tuesday.

Gavin Rodning and Noah Nelson each went 2-for-3 to top the Cardinals in Game 1, with Nelson producing a triple.

Jacob Crissinger allowed four runs, struck out two and walked three in four innings pitched for Fairmont in the opener.

Nelson struck out two without issuing a walk in three shutout innings of relief.

Fairmont captured the opener, 7-3, before New Ulm rebounded for a 7-4 victory in the nightcap of C-squad action Tuesday.

Lincoln Becker generated two RBIs on two hits, while Carson Musser collected two hits and one RBI to help pace the Cardinals in Game 1.

Preston Vaughn doubled home two runs, while Brendan Schmidtke supplied one hit and one RBI for Fairmont in the opener.

Musser allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four in five innings pitched to earn the win. Vaughn allowed one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.

Schmidtke tallied two RBIs on two hits to top the Cardinals in Game 2, while Landon Meyerdirk, Becker and Musser contributed one hit apiece.

Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 13, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 3 — The Jaguars used an explosive six-run second inning to build a lead that would become a run-rule shortened six-inning Valley Conference win over the Bulldogs in Truman.

Owen Wolter pitched all six innings for the Jaguars, allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Paxton Gravlin had two hits and three runs scored, while Clay Gieseke had an RBI single and two runs scored for the Jaguars.

Ross Balcom had an RBI double and three runs scored, Jaiden Cook had a two RBI single and a run scored and Carter Spear had a hit, a run scored and two RBIs, including an RBI fielder’s choice to score the game-ending run in the bottom of the sixth.

Mychal Fisel collected the loss for the Bulldogs, throwing 1 2/3 innings and giving up six runs — four earned — on one hit, one hit batter and six walks. Fisel sent two batters to the bench with strikeouts.

Drew Born came on in relief for the Bulldogs and pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs — two earned — on four hits, while walking one.

Jacob Crouch came on and got the final out, but gave up four runs on one hit, one walk and two hit batters.

Dalton Klampe had two hits for the Bulldogs, while Kobe Weimert had a double and a run scored. Kain Oliver collected an RBI single and a run scored, while Jack Morscshing had a hit and a run scored.

The Jaguars (8-6, 5-3) travel to Sleepy Eye Public on Thursday.

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Winning run scored with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

Owen Wolter (WP) and Mitch Prafke. Mychal Fisel (LP), Drew Born (2), Jacob Crouch (6) and Jake Stork, Ethan Winters (2).

Martin County West 11, Cleveland 10 — The Mavericks held off a seventh-comeback to seal a one-run Valley Conference win over the Clippers in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Kain Sanders started on the mound for the Mavericks and collected the win, throwing five innings, giving up four runs — three earned — while walking five.

Todd Morrow came on in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up six unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh. Wyatt Geistfeld came in for the final out to get the save.

Zac Spear had two hits, including a double, and four RBIs, while Morrow had a single, two runs scored and three walks. Geistfeld went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Bryce Novak had a single, two walks and three runs scored for the Clippers, while Carter Dylla had two hits and two runs scored and Danny McCabe had two hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI.

Martin County West (5-9) travels to Redwood Falls on Friday to face Redwood Valley in a 5 p.m. nonconference game.

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CLEV 210 100 6 — 10 8 3

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