Mankato VFW Green got enough pitching to win, but the hitting went AWOL Wednesday in a 3-0 loss to New Ulm Blue in 16-year-old baseball at Franklin Rogers Park.



Credit Blue pitcher Jared Gitter for silencing Green's offense. Gitter held Green to two hits and fanned 10, including a couple of key strikeouts to end scoring threats.



Green, which is preparing for district play, had its top three pitchers share mound duties. Ethan Welter and Nathan Van Otterloo held Blue scoreless over the first five innings before Brock Sieve's two-RBI single off Mitch Allore in the sixth made it 2-0.



Blue added its final run in the seventh when Nick Domeier scored on an infield out.



Things looked promising for Green in the bottom of the first when Mitch Rigdon reached on an infield hit and advanced to third with no outs, but Gitter retired the next three batters.



Green threatened again in the sixth. Rigdon led off with a walk, and Welter was hit by a pitch. But again Gitter pitched out of it, finishing with a strikeout.



Green made noise again in the seventh when a tired Gitter walked the based loaded. But Green's offense sputtered, and Gitter ended the threat and the game with his 10th strikeout.



Green coach Howard Van Otterloo said his squad, whose record dropped to 8-12, has struggled to put it together this season.



"Defense let us down in a few of our losses, and there were other times when we just got lit up. But you go out there and do the best you can."



Allore (3-1) got the loss.



Blue collected nine hits, including two each by Chris Berg and Keith Fischer.



Rigdon and Joe DeGezelle had the hits for Green.

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