NEW ULM - Eleven consecutive victories.
Class AA, No. 8-ranked Fairmont erupted for 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning to engineer a 14-3 South Central Conference baseball victory over Class AA, No. 6-ranked New Ulm on Monday.
The visiting Cardinals avenged their only loss of the season - a 3-1 Eagles' win on April 10 at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.
SAFELY?HOME — Fairmont runner Jay Ruen slides safely around New Ulm catcher Grant Kannegiesser during South Central Conference baseball action Monday at Johnson Park in Fairmont. (Photo by Steve Muscatello/New Ulm Journal)
"The first run is always the hardest, and once we broke the ice, things snowballed from there today," Fairmont mentor Todd Sukalski said in reference to his potent batting order's three-run top of the fourth inning at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
Trailing 1-0, Luke Becker hammered a one-out triple off of New Ulm right-hander Chase Meyer to trigger Fairmont's offensive outburst in the fourth. Jay Ruen lined an RBI single to plate Becker with the tying run before teammate Tyler Tennyson followed suit with a single to put Cardinal runners on first and second.
Nathan Gillis delivered an RBI single down the line that plated Ruen before Tennyson crossed the plate via an Eagles' miscue to swing a 3-1 edge to the Cardinals.
Becker and Meyer continued their pitchers' duel through six completed innings before Parker Monsen led off the top of the seventh inning with a double.
Meyer notched two outs and appeared to thwart Fairmont's late threat, but Spencer Chirpich produced an RBI single to extend the visitors' lead to 4-1. Chirpich's single triggered a string of 11 consecutive Cardinals to reach base, including nine of the red-and-white's 10 hits during the seventh.
Chirpich, Jack Waletich, Becker, Ruen, Tennyson and Gillis each collected two of Fairmont's 14 hits on the key SCC and Section 3AA clash.
Chirpich doubled, collected three RBIs and scored two runs; Waletich doubled in a run and crossed the plate once; Becker doubled and tripled en route to two RBIs to go with two runs scored.
Ruen and Tennyson each scored twice, with Ruen collecting two RBIs and Tennyson one. Gillis scored once and had one RBI, Monsen went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored, Ben Abel supplied a two-run single and scored once, while Cole Emler drew two walks.
Becker allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out four, walked two and hit one batter in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory for the Cardinals.
Meyer allowed six runs on seven hits, struck out three, walked one and hit one batter in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss for the Eagles.
New Ulm reliever Tyler Dittrich gave up eight runs - only one earned - on six hits, walked two and hit one batter while not recording an out in the seventh. Jackson Yackley gave up one hit in closing out the final 1/3 of an inning.
Judd Davis doubled home a run for the Eagles, Grant Kannegiesser went 1-for-4 with one RBI, while Meyer chipped in an RBI single.
Fairmont (11-1, 4-1 SCC) travels to St. James for another key conference clash at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
New Ulm (9-2, 2-1) travels to Waseca today for another league clash.
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Luke Becker (WP) and Ben Abel. Chase Meyer (LP), Tyler Dittrich (7), Jackson Yackley (7) and Grant Kannegiesser.
New Ulm downed Fairmont, 13-1, during junior varsity action Monday in Essig.
Nate Johnson collected a single for the Cardinals, while Ryan Brooks generated the team's only RBI.
Johnson allowed 13 runs - only five earned - on eight hits in four innings pitched.
Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman 3, Lyle/Austin Pacelli 1 - The Knights combined five hits with six Athletics' error to post a 3-1 Valley Conference victory on Monday in Austin.
Josh Wolter and Sam Geistfeld each supplied RBI singles for the Knights, Tristan Maday doubled and scored a run, while Colton Greiner added a hit and two runs scored.
Trent Stensland allowed one run on five hits, struck out four and walked two in 4 1/3 innings worked to earn the victory for the Knights.
Geistfeld allowed three hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save. Geistfeld struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Jordan Hart, Matt Kasel, Kevin Juenger and Jordan Cotter each produced two hits for the A's.
Sophomore starter Daniel Bollingberg allowed three runs - just one earned - on five hits, recorded nine strikeouts and issued one walk in seven innings of work to absorb the loss for Lyle/Pacelli.
Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman (2-6, 1-1 Valley) hosts Martin County West today in a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader in Truman.
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Trent Stensland (WP), Sam Geistfeld (5, Sv) and Tristan Maday. Daniel Bollingberg (LP) and Lee Bauer.