NEW ULM — After a 15-1 win over LeSueur on Thursday night in the first game of the Upper Midwest Classic, New Ulm Legion Gold continued their dominating play on Friday.
Gold downed Forest Lake 9-1 in their first game before downing Harrisburg 10-4 in their second game at Johnson Park.
With the win on Thursday and two wins on Friday, Gold is the Pool A champion and will meet the Pool B runner-up (unknown at this time) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Park.
In three games, Gold has outscored opponents 34-6 in their three wins.
“We played some good games today,” Gold coach Chris Peters said. “We had two nice wins over Forest Lake and Harrisburg. We came out hitting the ball strong (nine hits each in both games) — had good pitching — good defense (just one error in two games).”
In the game against Forest Lake, Carter Lang and Isaiah Rieser each had two hits, with Hunter Sehr and Lang each driving in two runs.
Josh Giefer got the win in relief for Gold.
Gold fell behind 1-0 in the first but tied the game in the fourth on a Jaden Drill sacrifice fly.
New Ulm then scored three runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded hit batter and a Lang double.
Gold then salted the game away with five runs in the sixth inning on singles from Giefer, Ethan Stade and Isaiah Rieser.
A hit batsman, a Sehr single that turned into an error and three more runs closed out the scoring.
In the nightcap, Jackson Bode had three hits — two of them doubles — and Lang added two more hits.
Lang, Jaden Drill and Tony Geiger each drove in two runs.
Sam Keckeisen got the win for Gold, going four innings and allowing one run.
Gold took a 2-0 lead in the first when Bode singled and scored on a Ranweiler triple. Ranweiler trotted home on a Lang double.
Harrisburg cut the lead to 2-1 in the second when Chase Mason, who signed to play baseball next year at the University of Nebraska and who is expected to get drafted in the MLB draft next month, homered.
But Gold scored a run in the third on a Bode double and a Drill sacrifice fly.
Gold added three more runs in the fourth, with two coming on an error and one on a fielder’s choice.
New Ulm then completed the game with four runs in the sixth.
A double from Bode, a walk, a hit batsman and singles from Drill and Geiger closed out the scoring.