By Jim Bastian
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - The Henderson Tigers scored two runs in the top of the ninth to turn a close 4-3 game into a 6-3 win Saturday afternoon at Johnson Park in a River Valley League game.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
A Henderson runner gets past the tag of New Ulm Kaiserhoff catcher Dan Reinke Saturday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Matt Peot got the win for Henderson, now 5-4. He went seven innings and allowed just three hits while striking out nine.
Jordan Schneider took the loss for Kaiserhoff (2-6). He was charged with three runs and fanned six.
Dan Dahn and Matt Nagel each had three hits for the Tigers.
Erik Curry and Nate Schoenherr each had two hits for Kaiserhoff. Henderson out-hit New Ulm 15-5 in the game.
"We have had a number of innings in a row without a hit" said Kaiserhoff manager Tim Reinke, who saw his team held without a hit by Peot for the first five innings Saturday. "So our goal is to get some hits. We went into this game needing to be aggressive on the bases and we were - we saw that in the ninth (when Justin Bruns was thrown out trying to go to second on wild pitch when he walked). We are sending a message to teams that we will not lolly-gag on the bases. We will make them play the game."
Henderson had taken a 3-0 lead after six innings on a Matt Graham sacrifice fly in the first, a Dahn RBI single in the third and a Nick Williamson base hit in the fifth.
Meanwhile Peot had control of the Kaiserhoff batters holding them hitless until the bottom of the sixth when New Ulm broke through for two runs.
Dominic Comacho broke up the no-hitter with a single to right field and Erik Curry followed with a base hit. Jonathon Curry's groundball was thrown away for an error by Tigers' second baseman Matt Nagel allowing Comacho to score. Erik Curry later scored on a Mike Schlottman sacrifice fly to pull Kaiserhoff to within 3-2.
Both teams exchanged runs in the seventh with Henderson scoring on a bases-loaded walk by Kaiserhoff reliever Mike Schlottman while New Ulm scored its run in the bottom of the inning when Schoenherr singled and came around to score on an error on an Erik Curry groundout.
New Ulm was down by just one run going into the ninth inning despite being out-hit 11-3 and Henderson stranding 15 runners through eight innings and the Tigers' defense guilty of four errors.
"We did not capitalize on the errors," Reinke said. "Our on-base percentage this season is close to .400 but our batting average is down in the low .200s. We need to find a way to get them around. And we have walked too many hitters this season (seven free passes in the first four innings Saturday) so we need to clean that up."
Henderson added two runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run single from Kirby Weckworth.
New Ulm hosts Prior Lake at 6:30 Sunday at Johnson Park.