By Jeff Barthel
It was a battle of Brewers last night at Jordan’s Mini Met ballpark.
The Jordan Brewers led the game through eight-ninths of the way. But it was an incredible five-run ninth by the New Ulm Brewers that sealed a 5-3 victory and advanced its team to the Class B amateur baseball state championship game this afternoon in Jordan.
““Unbelievable, it was the most hyped I’ve seen our team,” New Ulm starting pitcher Wade French said. “To come back in that game tonight, you know you can do it, but when it actually happens it’s just a great feeling.”
|New Ulm SS Judd Davis|
French was a big part of the ninth-inning rally and an even bigger part on the mound.
Following a two-run homer by Jordan’s Scott Hollingsworth, French found his groove. The right-hander threw eight strong innings, allowed three runs (two earned) and was rewarded with a well-earned win in the end.
New Ulm veteran and French’s catcher, Brady Ranweiler, described his battery mate’s effort.
“In the first inning he made a couple mistakes, he left some balls up and [Jordan] capitalized on them,” Ranweiler said. “But when he settled in, he was throwing his curveball, slider and change-up for strikes. His fastball wasn’t missing either. And when you can get four [pitches] over for strikes, he’s tough to hit.”
|New Ulm 2B Landon Rewitzer|
“I’ve just got the feeling that the momentum we have this year … that we’re going to figure out a way to win.”
* Photos for this story were contributed by Chandrasekar Umathurappan. Thanks, Uma!