NEW ULM - After the Kaiserhoff lost its third straight River Valley League game by a 7-3 score to Chaska Tuesday night, Manager Tim Reinke was concerned about his team's inability to get a timely hit.
His team must have been listening.
Brandon Johnson's two-run double in the sixth inning broke open a close 3-2 game as New Ulm scored seven runs in the inning and went on to an 8-2 win over Le Sueur Sunday afternoon in a River Valley League game at Johnson Park.
Jordan Schneider got the win for the Kaiserhoff (3-5). He pitched seven innings and gave up both Braves' runs. He scattered seven hits and fanned nine in 120 pitches.
Rick Jensen pitched the last two innings in relief and did not allow a base runner.
Ryan Wolf took the loss for Le Sueur. He was charged with three runs in his six innings.
Erik Curry and Brandon Johnson each collected two hits, and Johnson and Pat Bock each drove in two runs.
"Jordan was ready to take the ball today," said Reinke. "He got us out of a couple of tough situations."
One came in the top of the fourth when the Braves loaded the bases with no outs on singles from John Schaffler and Jason Sunderman and a walk to Brandon Culbert.
But Schneider struck out Nolan Moriarty and then got some defensive help. Ty O'Brien slapped a ground ball to Kaiserhoff shortstop Ben Wolf who stepped on second and threw to first for the inning-ending double play.
"Our defense has been pretty solid throughout the year." Reinke said. "When we do not have the little miscues, we will get through most innings pretty clean."
The teams entered that inning at 1-1 with both teams scoring third-inning runs. Le Sueur scored on a groundout while the Kaiserhoff scored its run on an Erik Curry single paired with an error on the play.
Le Sueur took the lead at 2-1 in the top of the fifth when Matt Rinehart doubled and raced home on a Mike May single.
But in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Kaiserhoff used two timely hits and wild pitches to score seven runs.
Ryan Wolf walked Bock and then hit Erik Curry with a ball to end his pitching. Relief pitcher Matt Lewis walked Jonathon Curry to load the bases. Lewis followed the walk by hitting Ben Wolf to force in a run to tie the game, Lewis then hit his second batter when he hit Matt Bergmann to give New Ulm its first lead of the game at 3-2. Johnson then delivered a two-run single down the right field line for a 5-2 lead. The third walk of the inning and a two-run single from Bock upped the lead to 7-2 before a wild pitch added another run.
"We need to take advantage of the other team's miscues," said Reinke. "When our bats are quiet, runs are hard to come by. This win was important for us."
New Ulm host Belle Plaine next Sunday at 2 p.m. at Johnson Park.