FAIRMONT - New Ulm Gold American Legion Post 132's Jordan Guiggisberg threw seven innings of two-hit baseball to shut out Fairmont Post 36 en route to a 10-0 Division I, 2nd District tournament seven-inning victory on Saturday at Herb Wolf Field.
New Ulm advanced to the championship game to face Sleepy Eye on Sunday. New Ulm went on to beat Sleepy Eye Post 7, 6-3 and 11-0 to win the 2nd District and advance to state.
Fairmont ended its season with an 8-5 record.
TWISTING TAG — Fairmont American Legion Post 36 third baseman Jay Ruen (left) attempts to tag New Ulm Gold runner Dan Blackstad while making a leaping catch during an elimination baseball game in the Division I, 2nd District Tournament on Saturday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. Photo by Charlie Sorrells
New Ulm's Kevin Larson led off Saturday's game with a walk, stole second base and then wheeled to third on a wild pitch. Tim Kehren hit a grounder to second for an out, but collected an RBI as Larson scored the first run of the game.
Zach Hoffmann hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the next at-bat to give New Ulm the 2-0 lead.
For Fairmont in the second inning, Levi Becker got one of the team's two hits with a single to left field. Ryan Noll hit into a fielder's choice and two more quick outs killed Post 36's rally.
In the third inning Luke Becker started what appeared to be another Fairmont rally with one out when he hit a double to the right-center field fence. Spencer Chirpich moved Becker to third with a sacrifice fly to right for the second out.
Fairmont's rally ended when Max Waletich hit a controversial grounder to Guiggisberg for the force-out at first base.
New Ulm added three more runs in the third inning when Jason Shaul pounded a three-run home run high over the right field fence. Kehren reached with a single and advanced to second when Hoffmann walked before scoring in the next at-bat with Jason Shaul's home-run.
Larson collected another RBI for New Ulm in the fourth, making it 6-0, with a single to right field scoring Erich Prokosch from second. Prokosch took a walk to reach first and advanced on a fielder's choice by Guiggisberg.
The final four New Ulm runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth, giving them the 10-0 lead.
Larson and Kehren drew walks to put runners on first and second. Shaul drew another walk to load the bases and Bergmann delivered a two-out double to score Larson and Kehren.
Dan Blackstad hit a single for New Ulm to score Shaul from third to gain the ten-run lead.
Guiggisberg pitched the complete seven-inning game, striking out three to earn the win.
Luke and Levi Becker collected the two Fairmont hits in the game.
Fairmont's Andy Reiter pitched three innings, allowing five runs on four hits and walking three to take the loss. Bryce Holm came in for relief in the sixth inning and gave up one run on two hits, striking out one and walking two.
Luke Becker pitched the final inning for Fairmont, giving up four runs on two hits and walking three.
New Ulm's Shaul went 2-for-2, including a home run, with two runs scored and collected three RBIs to pace Post 132's offense. Larson went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Kehren and Hoffmann each went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
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Andy Reiter (LP), Bryce Holm (4), Luke Becker (6) and Spencer Chirpich. Jordan Guiggisberg (WP) and Jason Shaul.