NEW ULM - New Ulm Cathedral baseball coach Bob Weier had to be happy with the pitching performance of right hander Aaron Wenninger Thursday against Wabasso.
The righthanded Wenninger struck out seven in his six innings of work and allowed just two hits as Cathedral improved to 3-2 in the Tomahawk Conference with a 4-1 win over the Rabbits at Mueller Park.
Wenninger walked just two with both of them coming in the second inning. The only run that he allowed was unearned which came as the result of a Wenninger error on a two-out comebacker off of the bat of Tanner Rohlik.
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New Ulm Cathedral second baseman Aaron Pfaff makes a relay throw to first for a double play as Blake Altermatt (8) of Wabasso slides into second during the Greyhounds’ win Thursday at Mueller Park in New Ulm.
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Seth Guetter took the loss for Wabasso (1-3). He allowed four runs and six hits.
Aaron Pfaff and Ted Mohr each had two hits for the Greyhounds.
"This was Aaron's second appearance this spring," Weier said. "He wobbled a bit in the second inning. But he got his feet under him -he started throwing strikes again."
And it was the second inning when the Rabbits mounted their only threat and scored their lone run.
Josh Guetter reached on a one-out single to center field. After Wenninger fanned Blake Altermatt for the second out of the inning, Tanner Rohlik bounced a slow roller back to Wenninger for what would have been the final out of the inning.
But Wenninger let the ball get by him for an error that placed Rabbit runners on second and third. Wenninger then issued back-to-back walks to Kendrick Baune and Neil Eichten to force in a run.
"That ball just got away from me," said Wenninger, who did have four assists in the game. "That inning did get a little long but we were able to get through it. I knew that I had my defense behind me so I just kept on throwing strikes."
Cathedral erased that 1-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the third inning on three hits.
Mohr was safe on an infield single and Colin Wendinger drew a walk. Larson's ground ball forced Wendinger at second but allowed Mohr to scamper to third. Larson stole second before a walk to Wenninger loaded the bases.
Aaron Pfaff's opposite field single to left field scored Mohr.
Larson scored the go-ahead run on a Drew Pfaff groundout. Dan Blackstad's base hit brought in Aaron Wenninger for a 3-1 Cathedral lead.
Cathedral used three more hits in the bottom of the fourth to score its final run.
Singles from Patrick Bock, Mohr and Larson lifted Cathedral to a 4-1 lead.
"We bunched our hits together," Weier said. "We did hit the ball hard all game but Wabasso made some nice plays defensively."
Meanwhile, Wenninger was in command as he allowed just one hit in the final three innings of work - that a lead-off single to Blake Altermatt. But he was quickly erased on a 6-4-3 double play.
"He (Wenninger) pitched backwards," Weier said. "He threw pitches that their hitters did not expect. That is what we try and preach to all of our pitchers - they need to gain confidence in that breaking pitch or the change-up so they can throw it at any time. That is what can make them an effective pitcher.
"We need to get flow to our games but that has been tough because of the weather. We have had to many days between games and the days between games the weather has been so that we have not been able to get outside."