Kaiserhoff defeats Arlington
By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - If earned runs were the statistic used to determine the final score of the New Ulm Kaiserhoff/Arlington game Friday night, the game may have gone into extra innings tied at 3-3.
But five Arlington errors allowed five Kaiserhoff runs to score and one New Ulm miscue permitted two A's runs to score.
In the end, Kaiserhoff was able to come away with an 8-5 win over Arlington in a River Valley League game.
Travis Kretsch got the win for New Ulm. He went six innings and allowed five runs while striking out two. Andy Stolt pitched the final three innings and did not allow a hit.
Matt Pichelman took the loss for Arlington. He was charged with all eight runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work.
Michael Schlottman and Jordan Schneider each had two hits for New Ulm. Erik Curry drove in three runs for the "K."
Nate Henke had two hits for Arlington with one of his hits a three run second inning home run.
"We got a nice pitching job from Travis," Kaiserhoff manager Tim Reinke said. "He got us through the first half of the game and then Andy came in and cleaned things up for us."
But the game itself was far from clean outside of the top of the second inning for the A's and the bottom of the sixth for New Ulm.
In the second, Arlington scored its three earned runs when Blake Eggert singled and Cory Dueckert was hit by a Kretsch pitch. Nate Henke then unloaded on a 2-1 Kretsch offering and deposited it over the fence in right field for a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth inning for Kaiserhoff - when they scored their three earned runs - it was singles from Matt Bergman and Dan Reinke and a walk to Dominic Comacho. A Keith Besemer RBI single and a two-run single from Erik Curry scored Kaiserhoff's earned runs.
Kaiserhoff also scored some unearned runs. In the bottom of the second the "K" used two fielding errors to score a run.
In the home half of the third, and an error by Arlington shortstop Blake Henke let three New Ulm unearned runs to score.
In the top of the fifth, it was a Nate Henke base hit and a throwing error by Kretsch on a Blake Henke bunt that rolled down the right field line and let two runs score.
And in the bottom of the fifth, two errors by Blake Henke resulted in a run.
Coach Reinke felt that the errors on the part of both teams was the result of it being early in the season.
"We are seeing sloppy play yet," he said.
Regardless, it was way to get the Kaiserhoff's first win of the season.
"This is a nice way to go into Sunday's home game with Fairfax," he said.