Games to Watch: Chanhassen, Chaska renew rivalry while Victory League holds big meeting

By Nick Gerhardt

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

Prepare for a big slate of outstanding matchups this weekend as teams take the field for the Mike Poppitz Memorial Tournament in Victoria, the Elrosa Elite State 8 tournament and the Miller High Life Invite in Arlington and Gaylord.

You might as well throw a dart at the map and you’ll wind up with a good game somewhere this week.

Friday, June 15

Elrosa vs. Buffalo, 8:30 p.m. Elrosa Elite State 8

Host Elrosa kicks off its “State 8” tournament Friday against Buffalo. The whole tournament is made up of teams from last year’s state tournament and naturally there are some incredible matchups.

The Saints (6-4) come into the tournament in the midst of a three-game skid. Of course, those losses came against a quality New London-Spicer team, an 11-1 Luxemburg squad and a Richmond team that rose to No. 8 in the latest Class C poll.

Buffalo is scuffling around at 5-4 but have won their last two games.

Miesville at Elko, 7:30 p.m.

Section 1B foes Miesville and Elko will tangle in an increasingly interesting race. The Mudhens (9-1) remain undefeated in the section and have given up just nine runs this season. Miesville ran its winning streak to six after its sixth shutout of the season. The Mudhens have allowed just one run during the win streak.k

Elko (11-8) has gone 3-1 against section opponent, beating Dundas and Hastings. The Express lost 1-0 to Hampton back on May 25 but came back for an 11-1 win in the second meeting that started a three-game winning streak. Elko has outscored opponents 34-4 in that span.

Kimball at Cold Spring Springers, 7:30 p.m.

Kimball lost to No. 9-ranked Watkins for the second time this season 3-2 but went on to beat the Cold Spring Rockies and New Munich.

Adam Beyer went 4-for-6 with a double for two RBIs and he scored a run against Cold Spring while Jordan Joseph went 3-for-4 with a triple and a sacrifice fly for three RBIs and scored three runs.

The Springers (12-1) have won eight straight, including a June 13 4-2 win over a tough Fort Ripley team and a 9-0 June 8 win over Richmond. Eric Loxtercamp went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly for an RBI and two runs against Richmond. Jordan Barth went 3-for-5 with a double for two RBIs and he scored a run.

Saturday, June 16

Sobieski at Buckman, 8 p.m. (Exhibition)

It’s might be an exhibition game but the Buckman Billygoats, who come into the game ranked No. 8 in the Class C poll, are the defending Region 8C champions but Sobieski is ranked No. 1 in Class C right now.

Buckman is 9-0 in Victory League games and is coming off a 9-2 win over the Pierz Bulldogs where it cranked out 15 hits. Matt Kummet and Joe Kahl each went 4-for-5 in the game while Jeremy Monson struck out eight, walked two and allowed two runs on five hits.

The Skis are also 9-0 in league play and have allowed just three runs in their last three games. They’ve outscored opponents 49-1 in that span.

Scott Litchy and Chris Reller each drove in three runs against Swanville in a 13-0 seven-inning win. Litchy also worked five innings on the mound, struck out seven and allowed just three hits.

Sunday, June 17

Chaska at Chanhassen, 6 p.m.

Crosstown rivals Chaska and Chanhassen will meet for the first time this season. The Red Birds remain ranked No. 2 in Class B while Chaska sits in the No. 9 spot.

The Cubs are 11-4 but fell 6-5 to Baseball 365 Wednesday in their last game. Chase Hentges is batting .463 with 12 RBI for Chaska.

Chanhassen is 8-2 following a 2-1 loss to Hampton Wednesday. Shawn Riesgraf hit a home run for the Red Birds in the loss.

Other games to keep an eye on

Saturday, June 16

Blaine Fusion vs. St. Paul Mudhens, 3 p.m. Mike Poppitz Memorial

Sartell Muskies vs. Lamberton Long Sox, 10 a.m., Elrosa Elite State 8

Hutchinson vs. Bemidji, noon, Elrosa Elite State 8

Sunday, June 17

Dundas at Hampton, 2 p.m.

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