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SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Junior Legion Post 257 baseball team held off New Ulm VFW Silver’s late return on Tuesday night, taking a 9-7 victory at Riverside Park.
Sam Rummel took the win for Springfield in five innings of work, allowing seven walks and five hits for five runs while striking out four.
Austin Johnson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a double to lead Springfield at home, while Luke Boyle and Rummel each added two hits.
Logan Kreilkamp suffered loss for money in six innings, allowing 10 hits and a walk for nine runs while stoking four.
Logan Mielke led Silver with a 2-4 game including a double and two RBIs, while Lucas Suess was 2-4 with two RBIs. Blaine Olson also had two hits and two walks for Silver, while Tyler Widmark went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Led by four before the start of the seventh inning, Silver moved things forward after a one-out error allowed Kellen Bode to reach. Widmark then hit a single before Olson led Bode to get Silver 9-6.
Adam Wiltscheck then walked to fill in the goals before Kaden Larson added a point for a defensive player’s pick. But Springfield reliever Ethan Louwagie allowed Mielke to step aside to end the game.
Despite the loss, Silver head coach Mark Grossmann was happy with his team’s offense.
“We swung the bat, we played well when we were asked to bunt, we hit well, we ran the bases well,” he said. said Grossmann. “Offensively, there is nothing to say about our performance. “
Springfield finished the end of the first inning with an early 3-0 lead, securing a two-run single from Jakob Nachreiner and an RBI outfielder pick on Danny Rogotzke’s stick.
New Ulm got a comeback point in second on an RBI ground from Brock Wellmann, then tied it in third after an RBI brace by Mielke and a ground RBI from Suess.
Springfield had a big third bottom, however, scoring five points to take a solid 8-3 lead. The scoring started after a throwing error marked Macoy Krick in third place. Then with the goals loaded and two strikeouts, Austin Johnson erased the goals with a double. Boyle produced the last run of the inning on a single to give Springfield the 8-3 lead.
Silver got RBI singles from Mielke and Suess in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to three before Springfield picked up a run in the bottom half of the inning on a Kade Nachreiner single that scored Krick. Krick doubled up earlier in the set with an out.
However, Silver’s late push in the seventh round was short.
Silver will now gear up for the playoffs next week, with some seeds to come.
Grossmann said the biggest key to the team’s success in the playoffs will be the performance of the team’s defense.
“In short, we have to play defense”, he said. “I have to play a flawless defense and a really smart defense. The mistake is, you can’t give up withdrawals – this level of baseball, in particular. At 15, 16 in baseball, there are going to be a number of physical mistakes that you can’t control, so you have to keep the mental mistakes at zero if you can.