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Buckman Billygoats  4 11 2
New Ulm Brewers  1 5 1
Innings: 9
WP: Matt Tautges 6 1/3IP 0r 4h 7k 1bb (102 pitches)
Save: Chad Weiss (Pierz Lakers) 2 2/3IP 1r 1h 2k 0bb
LP: Mitch Bockenstedt 2 1/3IP 2r 7h 1k 0bb
Johnny Pistulka (Lamberton) 1 2/3IP 1r 3h 0k 1bb
Mitch Kelly 3IP 1r 1h 1k 1bb
Avery Stevens (Essig) 2IP 0r 0h 2k 1bb

Matt Tautges 2-4 sac, sb(2), run
Lane Girtz 1-5 rbi
Matt Kummet 4-4 2B, bb, rbi, 2 runs
-Alex Funk 0-0
Aaron Weber 1-4 bb
Noah Boser 1-4 sac
Joe Kahl 1-4 sb, rbi
Shawn Lanners 1-4
-Andrew Rueckert
-Chad Weiss
Jack Suska 0-3
-Mark Kahl 0-1
Travis Kahl 0-3 bb, run

Justin Hoffmann 0-4
Hunter Ranweiler 1-3 bb
Judd Davis 0-4
-Mitch Bockenstedt
-Johnny Pistulka
-Mitch Kelly
-Avery Stevens
Wade French 1-4 Hr, rbi, run
Andrew Peters 1-4
Jaden Domeier 0-3
-Jon Ahern 1-1
Zach More 0-0
-Nick Fischer 0-2
-Corey Schaefer 0-1
-Colton Schaefer 0-1
Braden Zimmerman 1-3
Brody Peterson 0-2
-Sam Berg 0-1

The Buckman Billygoats advanced to the Class C Sweet 16 with a 4-1 victory over the Region 2 Champion New Ulm Brewers on Sunday in Maple Lake behind a balanced offense, led by Matt Kummet's 4-hit game and very solid pitching from Matt Tautges and draftee Chad Weiss to lock down their second win of the Tournament.  

Billygoats righty Matt Tautges made his 2nd start of the Tournament, and after getting knocked around for 5 runs in the 1st inning in his first game, he threw much better against New Ulm, retiring 14 of the first 15 hitters he faced.  

In the top of the 1st, Matt Kummet got his big day started with a 2-out single to right, but Brewers starter Mitch Bockenstedt got a ground out to shortstop to end the inning.  In the bottom of the 1st, Matt Tautges fanned the first two men he faced.  That's significant because in his 7 2/3 innings against Stewart-Racine in the first round, he struck out just 1 batter.  Tautges got the 3rd out of the inning on a bouncing ball to shortstop Jack Suska.

In the top of the 2nd, Joe Kahl singled to center with 1 out, followed by a Shawn Lanners opposite field single to left, advancing Kahl to 3rd and Buckman had runners at the corners with 1 out.  But Bockenstedt ended that scoring chance with a strikeout and a fly ball to center field.  In the bottom of the 2nd, Tautges retired the Brewers on a grounder to Jack Suska, a strikeout and a routine fly ball to Travis Kahl in right and the game headed to the 3rd tied 0-0.

Buckman got things started with Matt Tautges beating out an infield single, and then stealing 2nd.  Lane Girtz then drilled a single to center, bringing in Tautges to make it 1-0.  After Girtz was thrown out trying to steal 2nd, Matt Kummet once again sent  clean single between 1st and 2nd.  Aaron Weber added his own base hit to move Kummet to 2nd.  That hit knocked New Ulm starter Mitch Bockenstedt out of the game, as the Brewers brought in a draftee from Lamberton, Johnny Pistulaka, to pitch.  Noah Boser greeted Pistulka with a hard smash towards 1st base that took a wicked hop, catching Brewers 1st baseman Zach More directly on the bridge of his nose, sending him to the ground.  After being attended to by teammates and 1st Responders on scene, More was forced to leave the game with his injury, replaced defensively by Nick Fischer.  Boser was awarded an infield single on the play and Buckman had the bases loaded with 1 out.  That brought up Joe Kahl, and he drove in Matt Kummet with a fielders choice ground ball to 2nd.  Pistulka then ended the inning with another ground ball and Buckman had established a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd, Tautges once again retired the side in order on a pair of strikeouts and a ground ball to 1st baseman Joe Kahl.

In the top of the 4th, Matt Tautges picked up his second hit, and his second stolen base, but there was damage done as Pistulka got an infield pop up to strand Tautges in scoring position.  In the bottom of the 4th, Lane Girtz made a fine leaping catch of a hard line drive off the bat of Justin Hoffmann to begin the inning, but then New Ulm got their first hit off Tautges, a single from Hunter Ranweiler.  Tautges then proceeded to get Judd Davis to pop up to 3rd baseman Aaron Weber and Wade French to bounce back to the mound to end the 4th with the Goats still up 2-0.

In the top of the 5th, Matt Kummet belted a lead-off double into the right-center gap for his 3rd hit.  Aaron Weber then walked to put 2 men aboard with no outs.  Noah Boser was then called upon to sacrifice, which he did perfectly.  On the play to get Noah at 1st, a bad throwing error allowed Kummet to score and give the Billygoats a 3-0 lead.  New Ulm then went back to the bullpen, bringing in one of their own guys, Mitch Kelly, to take over from Johnny Pistulka.  Kelly was able to shut things down without any more damage done with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to 2nd as Buckman stranded men at 2nd and 3rd, but had increased their advantage to 3-0 heading to the bottom of the 5th.  Matt  Tautges then got a fly out to Andrew Rueckert in left, a grounder to Lane Girtz at 2nd and another fly ball to Rueckert to complete a 12-pitch inning.

Buckman extended their lead in the top of the 6th when Travis Kahl fell behind 0-2 to start his at-bat, but patiently worked the count until he took a lead-off walk.  Matt Tautges then bunted Kahl into scoring position.  After Lane Girtz lined back to the pitcher for the 2nd out, Matt Kummet came through with another clutch, run-producing hit.  His 2-strike, 2-out single up the middle brought in Travis Kahl and made it 4-0.  It was Matt's 4th hit, and all of them came when he had 2 strikes against him!  Alex Funk went onto the game as a pinch-runner for Kummet, but the inning ended on a ground ball to 2nd. In the bottom of the 6th, Tautges labored for the 1st time.  He allowed a lead-off single to Braden Zimmerman.  Brody Peterson then laid down a bunt to sacrifice Zimmerman to 2nd.  But on the play, the throw to 1st was too high for an error, with Peterson rounding 1st and sprinting for 2nd.  But the throw had bounced directly back to 1st baseman Joe Kahl, who rifled the ball to 2nd and the Peterson was ruled out on the play, with Zimmerman standing on 3rd with 1 out.  Tautges got Justin Hoffmann on a swinging strikeout to produce the 2nd out, but then issued a walk to Hunter Ranweiler to put runners at the corners with 2 outs.  By this time, Buckman had two of their draftees, Matt Swanson of Upsala, a lefty, and Chad Weiss of the Pierz Lakers, a righty, loosening up in the bullpen.  With New Ulm's #3 hitter at the plate, DH Judd Davis, Tautges got him to send a fly ball out to center fielder Noah Boser, who put it away to end the inning and keep it a 4-0 game.

Mitch Kelly worked a 1-2-3 top of the 7th on a grounder back to the mound, a fly out to right and a ground ball to 2nd as the game hit the 7th inning stretch.  In the bottom of the 7th, Tautges threw  fastball by Wade French for a strikeout to start the inning.  Buck back-to-back singles from Andrew Peters and pinch-hitter Jon Ahern not only put two Brewers on base, it also meant the end of the day on the mound for Tautges, as Chad Weiss came in from the bullpen to take over.  Pinch-hitter Corey Schaefer hit a hard ground ball to 3rd baseman Aaron Weber, who was able to field the ball and tag the runner coming into 3rd for the 2nd out.  2 pitches later, a ground ball to Lane Girtz ended the inning and the Billygoats still held their 4-0 lead heading into the 8th.

New Ulm brought in their 4th pitcher of the game to work the 8th, as Essig Blue Jay right hander Avery Stevens took over from Mitch Kelly.  Stevens did a nice job, setting the Goats down in order.  In the bottom of the 8th, Chad Weiss began his first full inning of work by getting pinch-hitter Sam Berg to swing and miss at strike 3.  At the top of the Brewers order, Justin Hoffmann sent a looping line drive into left-center field, but Jack Suska made an outstanding play on the ball, sprinting into the outfield to make the catch for out #2.  The next Brewers hitter reached base when a fly ball fell in for an error.  But Weiss cleaned that up by getting the next batter to ground out to Joe Kahl at 1st to end the 8th with the Goats leading 4-0.  

In the top of the 9th, Matt Kummet came up with 1 out in search of his 5th hit of the game, trying to match teammate Noah Boser's 5-hit effort in the first round.  But it wasn't to be as Kummet didn't see a strike, walking on 4 pitches.  A fly out and a strikeout followed the walk to Kummet and the game moved to the bottom of the 9th.  Down to their final 3 outs, New Ulm's Wade French belted a Home Run over the left field wall to put the Brewers on the board at 4-1.  But Chad Weiss came back to strikeout Andrew Peters, then he got Jaden Domeier to bounce out to Lane Girtz and finished things off when Colton Schaefer lined out to Matt Tautges in center field and Buckman clinched a spot in the Field of 16 on Labor Day weekend with their 4-1 win.

The Billygoats will take on the Young America Cardinals, the #2 seed and a Final Four team a year ago.  That game will be on Saturday night in Delano at 7:00 pm.
Buckman Billygoats New Ulm Brewers
Aaron Weber
Adam Funk
Alex Funk
Andrew Rueckert
Andrew Winscher
Ben Boser
Jackson Suska
Jeremy Monson
Joe Kahl
Lane Girtz
Lukas Otte
Mark Kahl
Matt Kummet
Matt Tautges
Noah Boser
Noah Cekalla
Pat Oldakowski
Peter Oldakowski
Peter Suska
Shawn Lanners
Thomas Funk
Travis Kahl