Recapping the weekend in the Victory League

Posted on June 23, 2015

Recaps courtesy of Rick Grammond

St. Stephen   13   10   0

Holdingford     2    4   0   (9)

WP: Blake Guggenberger 9IP 2r 4h 7k 5bb

LP: Jon Springer 6IP 8r 5h 3k 3bb 1hp

Justin Szymanski 3IP 5r 5h 2k 4bb 1ph

Steves:

Sam Neeser 0-3 bb, sac, run

Alex Omann 0-0 bb, rbi

Austin Guggenberger 1-5 dbl, rbi, 2 runs

Alex Wolhart 0-1 rbi

Bo Schmitz 2-5 bb, rbi, 2 runs

Ben Omann 2-4 dbl, 2 rbi, 2 runs

Dylan Hollenkamp 1-4 2 rbi

Jason Slivnik 0-3 bb, sac, sb, run

TJ Bevens 1-1 2 rbi, run

Nick Krippner 1-4 bb, 2 runs

Blake Guggenberger 2-4 dbl, hp, rbi, run

Express:

Jeremy Springer 0-2 bb, run

Isaiah Folsom 1-1

Derek Biniek 1-3 dbl, bb, run

Derek Thielen 1-2 sac fly, rbi

Wade Barrett 0-1

Ian Hoffarth 0-3 sac fly, rbi

Blaine Feia 1-3

Jon Springer 0-4

Taylor Milbrandt 0-2 bb

Jake Klein 0-1 bb

Austin Gerads 0-4

The St. Stephen Steves completed their Sunday sweep of the Holdingford Express with a 13-2 win in Game 2.  Blake Guggenberger matched Game 1 winning pitcher Andy Stolt’s effort by also going the distance, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 7. Playing Game 2 as the visitors,  the Steves jumped on Holdingford starter Jon Springer for 4 runs in the top of the 1st. Ben Omann walked to force in a run, Dylan Hollenkamp singled home 2 more and Jason Slivnik had a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 after a half an inning.  Derek Thielen’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 1st put the Express on the board, trailing 4-1.  The Steves got that run back in the 4th on a Sam Neeser sacrifice fly and it was 5-1.  3 more runs on the Steves side of the ledger came home in the 6th on Blake Guggenberger’s rbi double, then an Austin Guggenberger rbi double and finally a Bo Schmitz run-scoring single, making it 8-1 after 5 1/2.  Holdingford’s final run came in the bottom of the 6th on Ian Hoffarth’s sac fly.  St. Stephen salted the game away with a 5-run top of the 9th.  Ben Omann had an rbi double, Jason Slivnik drove in 2 with a single and a Nick Krippner fielder’s choice also got a run across.  The sweep finished off a 3-win weekend as the Steves had secured a 10-3 win over Royalton at home on Saturday.   

Holdingford   0   5   0

St. Stephen   9   9   0   (9)

WP: Andy Stolt 9IP 0r 5h 7k 1bb 1hp

LP: Derek Thielen 1/3IP 6r 1h 0k 5bb

Austin Gerads 0IP 2r 0h 2hp

Ryan Szymanski 7 2/3IP 1r 8h 0k 1bb

Steves:

Sam Neeser 1-2 dbl, 2bb, 2 rbi, run

Blake Guggenberger 1-1

Austin Guggenberger 2-2 bb,2 sac,rbi,run

Ben Omann 1-4

Charlie Slivnik 0-1

Dylan Hollenkamp 1-4 rbi, run

Brandon Waldvogel 0-3 bb, run

Jason Slivnik 1-3 bb, run

Alex Omann 0-3 bb, rbi, run

Troy Monson 1-2 hp, rbi, run

TJ Bevens 0-1

Cody Wolhart 1-2 hp, rbi, 2 runs

Alex Wolhart 0-1

Express:

Jeremy Springer 1-4

Derek Biniek 0-3 bb

Derek Thielen 0-4

Ian Hoffarth 1-4

Blaine Feia 1-4

Ryan Szymanski 0-3

Jayden Prochaska 0-1

Taylor Milbrandt 0-2

Mike Stegura 0-1

Jake Klein 1-3

Austin Gerads 1-3

The St. Stephen Steves and Holdingford Express played a doubleheader at Trobec Field Sunday and the Steves finished the day with an impressive sweep.  In Game 1, the Steves were the home squad.  The normally effective, reliable Holdingford lefty Derek Thielen was anything but this day however as he never made it out of the 1st inning, getting just 1 out, allowing 6 of the 8 runs the Steves scored in the bottom of the 1st.    Thielen gave up an rbi single to Dylan Hollenkamp, walked 5 and uncorked 3 wild pitches before he was yanked in favor of Austin Gerads.  Gerads would then hit the only 2 men he would face before he too was relieved, this time by Ryan Szymanski.  He would settle things down but all the damage had been done by that point.  Szymanski allowed 1 run on 8 hits over the final 7 2/3.  On the flip side, Steves starter Andy Stolt threw a complete-game, 5-hit shutout while striking out 7.  After that 8-run 1st inning, the games only other run came in the Steves half of the 6th on a sacrifice fly by Austin Guggenberger to complete the scoring at 9-0.   

St. Mathias   1   5   1

Upsala          4   2   1   (9)

WP: John Fuchs 9IP 1r 5h 5k 2bb

LP: Brandon Owen 4IP 3r 2h 2k 3bb

SP: Jordan Hunstad 4IP 1r 0h 0k 3bb 1hp

Bluejays:

Dustin Biniek 0-3 bb, run

Brock Cichon 1-4 Hr, 4 rbi, run

Matt Swanson 0-3 hp

Brady Burggraff 0-3 bb

Justin Lampert 0-1  2bb, hp

Adam Gerads 1-3

Brandon Welinski 0-1 2bb, run

Devils:

Blake Thiesse 1-3

Jake Francis 1-4

Zach Heidmann 1-4 dbl, sb, run

Ben Stall 1-4 dbl, rbi

Nate Eschenbacher 0-3 bb

Jordan Hunstad 0-2 bb

Matt Tautges 1-2

The Upsala Bluejays managed just 2 hits off a pair of St. Mathias pitchers but made the most of their opportunities and downed the Devils 4-1 Sunday.  John Fuchs threw a complete-game 5-hitter for the win, striking out 5.  Brock Cichon’s rbi groundout in the 3rd plated Brandon Welinski to give Upsala a 1-0 lead.  The Devils tied the game in the 4th on Ben Stall’s rbi double, scoring Zach Heidmann with the tying run.  After Jordan Hunstad went the first 4 innings for St. Mathias, allowing 1 run and no hits, the Devils turned things over to Brandon Owen in the 5th.  Brock Cichon belted a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 5th to provide the winning margin as Upsala won 4-1.  Cichon would deliver all 4 Upsala rbi’s.  Adam Gerads had the only other Upsala hit.  

Ft. Ripley   10   14   0

Randall        3    6    0   (9)

WP: Ethan Branum 5IP 3r 6h 6k

Save: Logan Kalis 4IP 0r

LP: Kyle Boser 7IP 6r 11h 7k

Brett Strack 2IP 4r 3h

Rebels:

Logan Kalis 3-5

Brett Kramer 2-5

Ray Austin 3-5

Jason Sather 2-4 Hr

Cubs:

Pete Herman 3-4 2 rbi

Eddie Wenzel 2-5

The Ft. Ripley Rebels went to Randall late Sunday afternoon and left town with a 10-3 victory over the Cubs.  Ethan Branum threw the 1st 5 innings to get the win, allowing all 3 run and 6 hits.  Logan Kalis worked 4 shutout innings to earn a save.  Kalis and Ray Austin led Ft. Ripley’s 14-hit attack by collecting 3 hits each.  Jason Sather homered for the Rebels.  Pete Herman went 3-4 and drove in 2 for Randall while Eddie Wenzel also had 2 hits.  The win kept the Rebels in a 1st place tie in the North with Nisswa.  

Opole      3   6   0

Randall   5   8   0   (9)

WP: Kyle Peterschick 9IP 3r 6h 7k

LP:  Zach Bialka 5IP 3r 5h

Max Posch 3IP 2r 3h

Cubs:

Eddie Wenzel 2-4

Dusty Parker 2-4 Hr, 2 rbi

Jeremy Klein 4-4 rbi

Bears:

Keaton Gustin 2-4 Hr, 2 rbi

Jim Muehlbauer 1-4 rbi

The Randall Cubs got a complete-game effort from Kyle Peterschick in a 5-3 win over the visiting Opole Bears Sunday.  Jeremy Klein led the offense for Randall with 4 hits and driving in a run while Dusty Parker homered and drove in 2, and Eddie Wenzel also had a multi-hit game for Randall.  Keaton Gustin homered and drove in a pair of runs for Opole while Jim Muehlbauer collected the other rbi.  

Royalton   16   22   3

Pierz           9   12   2

WP: Matt Silbernick 5IP

SP: Hunter Young 4IP

LP: Mike Poser

Riverdogs:

Nate Psyck 4-6 Hr, 5 rbi

Matt Merten 4-6 Hr, 4 rbi

Steve Hoff 4-5 3 rbi

Brett Bursch 2-3

Brady Moulzoff 2-6

Brewers:

Greg Pohlkamp 3-4 2bb, 4 rbi

Mitch Dorn 3-6 rbi

Dylan Kummet 2-4

Chuck Boser 2-4 bb, rbi

The Royalton Riverdogs exploded for 16 runs and 22 hits to beat the Pierz Brewers 16-9 Sunday at Legion Park in Pierz.  A trio of Royalton hitters had 4-hits games: Nate Psyck, Matt Merten and Steve Hoff.  Psyck homered and drove in 5, Merten also homered and drove in 4 while Hoff provided the Royalton offense with 3 rbi.  Greg Pohlkamp and Mitch Dorn had 3 hit games for the Brewers as Pohlkamp had 4 rbi’s.  Both Royalton wins this year have come over the Brewers.

Cuyuna Range   5   12  3

Nisswa               6   11  2   (10)

WP: Luke Schumer 5IP 1r 4h 3k 1bb

SP: Scott Sand 5IP 4r 8h 4k 1bb

LP: Dillon Solid 3IP 1r 3h 4k 5bb

SP: Nathan Ehnstrom 6 1/3IP 5r 8h 2k 5bb

Lightning:

Drew Boland 1-6  3b, run

Brett Jenkins 1-3 3bb, 2 runs

Aaron Jenkins 2-4 2bb

Luke Schumer 1-5 bb, rbi, run

Tyler Wittwer 1-3 dbl, 2bb, rbi, run

Adam Hardy 2-3 dbl, bb, 2 rbi

T.J. Grauman 0-1 run

Drew Sannes 2-4 bb

Dave Berndgen 0-2

Tory Miller 0-3

Matt Casperson 1-5

Miners:

Nathan Ehnstrom 0-4 run

Jamie Stall 0-3 bb

Lance Herbst 3-5 rbi

Luke Zontelli 2-5 dbl, run

Hunter Leslie 1-5 run

Dillon Solid 4-5 rbi, run

Jake Zontelli 2-3

Dain Barrett 0-2

Luke Patron 0-4

Kyle Wicklund 0-3 bb, run

It’s not often that one of the most feared offensive lineups in the entire State gets outhit, but that’s what happened Sunday afternoon at City Park in Nisswa as the Cuyuna Range Miners outhit the Lightning 12-11.  But in a game that went extra innings, the Lightning were able to prevail, eking out a 6-5 win in 10.  Cuyuna Range got an rbi single by Luke Zontelli in the 1st against Nisswa starter Scott Sand to grab a 1-0 lead.  Nisswa got that run back in the bottom of the 1st on Tyler Wittwer’s run-scoring double.  It stayed 1-1 until the 5th when Lance Herbst put the Miners back in front with an rbi single.  That lead grew to 5-1 against new pitcher Luke Schumer in the 6th on a Dillon Solid rbi double and a Nisswa error that allowed 2 runs to score.  Nathan Ehnstorm kept the potent Nisswa lineup in check until the bottom of the 7th when Nisswa tied it with 4 runs, 2 of which came on an Adam Hardy double and another on a wild pitch and it was 5-5 after 7.  Schumer would blank the Miners after that 3-run 6th inning however. The game went to the bottom of the 10th where Drew Boland tripled.  The Miners then opted to have Dillon Solid issue consecutive intentional walks to fill the bases.  Solid would then walk Luke Schumer to force in Boland and give Nisswa the literal “walk-off” win 6-5.  The win allowed the Lightning to keep pace with Ft. Ripley in the North race, both teams are now 6-1 with 4 games left, including a Friday night, July 3rd matchup between the two front-runners in Nisswa.  Ft. Ripley has already beaten Nisswa, besting the Lightning 8-2 in Ft. Ripley on May 24th.  The Rebels only setback came on Opening Day when Sobieski rallied for a 5-4 win on the Rebels home turf.  

Lastrup   8   9   1

Freeport  1   3   2

WP: Chad Weiss 8IP 1r 3h 7k 0bb 1hp

Reggie Litke 1IP 0r 0h 0k 0bb

LP: Mitch Reller 5+IP 3r 4h 0k 4bb

Peter Burg 1IP 3r 1h 0k 1bb

Nate Winter 3IP2r 4h 2k 0bb 1hp

Lakers:

Chad Weiss 1-2  2bb, hp, rbi, 2 runs

Paul Herman 1-4 sac

Rick Schlieman 1-3 bb, rbi, run

Brad Meyer 1-3 bb, 2 rbi, sb, run

Jason Sadlovsky 0-4 run

Reggie Litke 1-3 rbi, run

Scott Janson 2-3 sac fly, rbi, run

Nate Janson 1-4 sb

Brandon Lochner 1-3 bb, run

Cody Meyer 0-1

Dan Saehr 0-1

Shawn Fischer 0-1

Dan Rocheleau 0-1

Jamie Litke 0-0

Preston Rocheleau 0-0

Black Sox:

Eric Evaslage 0-3

Carter Sawyer 0-3 hp

Ryan Tschida 0-4

Troy Frieler 0-4

Grant Hess 0-3

Ike Sawyer 1-3 sb, run

Johnny Benson 1-3

Mitch Waldvogel 0-3 sb, rbi

Seth Noll 1-3

Ben Klaphake 0-1

Chad Weiss turned in his best pitching performance of the year Sunday night as Lastrup made their first-ever visit to Black Sox Park in Freeport a successful one with an 8-1 win over the Black Sox.  Weiss handcuffed Freeport hitters, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over 8 innings while striking out 7.  Mitch Reller, the starter for Freeport was pitching equally as well as the game was scoreless heading to the bottom of the 5th.  Ike Sawyer led off with a single and promptly stole 2nd.  Johnny Benson then singled to left to put runners at the corners with no outs.  Mitch Waldvogel drove in Sawyer on a fielder’s choice.  Weiss ended the inning with a pair of infield pop outs, but the Black Sox had a 1-0 lead after 5.  Things unraveled quickly in the 6th for Reller and the Sox.  Reller walked #9 hitter Brandon Lochner on 4 pitches to lead off.  Chad Weiss then walked on 5 pitches.  Paul Herman legged out a bunt for an infield single to fill the bases.  When Reller walked Rick Schlieman to force in a run and tie the game at 1-1, Freeport went to the bullpen and brought in veteran lefty Peter Burg.  He promptly walked Brad Meyer on 4 pitches and Lastrup had a 2-1 lead.  Jason Sadlovsky grounded into a 1st to home force play for out #1.  Reggie Litke then singled to left to drive in a run and when the throw from left eluded catcher Johnny Benson, Brad Meyer raced home to make it 4-1.  A sacrifice fly by Scott Janson and a fielding error added 2 more runs and Lastrup suddenly had a 6-1 lead.  From the 4th through 8th innings, Weiss retired 11 straight.  Nate Winter took over from Burg to start the 7th.  He gave up an rbi single to Brad Meyer in the 7th to make it 7-1 and an 8th inning rbi single to Weiss made it 8-1.  Reggie Litke threw a 1-2-3 9th inning to finish things off as Lastrup moved a half game ahead of Buckman in the East race with 1 game to play. Lastrup will host the Pierz Brewers next Saturday night at Legion Park in Pierz in their final regular season game.  Freeport remains 1 1/2 games behind Avon in the South and the Sox host the Lakers this coming Friday night at 8:00 pm.

Pierz           3   8   1

Buckman   4  10   1   (9)

WP: Mark Kahl 2IP 0r 3k

SP: Corey Egan 7IP 3r 10k

LP: Aaron Schultz 8IP 4r 10h 13k

Billygoats:

Ben Boser 2-4

Shawn Lanners 3-4  2 dbl

Zach Lanners 1-4 rbi

Noah Boser 1-4 rbi

Travis Kahl 2-4 2 dbl, rbi

Cole Neeser 1-3

Bulldogs:

Aaron Schultz 1-3 dbl

Drew Elness 1-4 dbl, rbi

Logan Meyer 3-4 rbi

Ben Watercott 1-4

Jon Hanson 1-4

Andy Leidenfrost 1-4

Strikeouts a plenty in Buckman Sunday as 3 pitchers combined to whiff 26 as the Buckman Billgoats edged the Pierz Bulldogs 4-3.  Bulldogs starter Aaron Schultz was staked to an early lead as Pierz scored twice in the top of the 1st off Goats starter Corey Egan.  Drew Elness had an rbi double and Logan Meyer added an rbi single to give the Dogs the early advantage.  Buckman got a run in the bottom of the 1st when Zach Lanners singled to score a run and it was 2-1.  The Bulldogs went ahead 3-1 in the 3rd on a ball misplayed in the outfield for an error, allowing an unearned run to score.  Buckman rallied to tie the game with 2 runs in the 6th off Schultz.  Travis Kahl doubled to drive in a run, and then advanced to 3rd on the throw home.  Kahl then scampered home when the throw to 3rd to try and nab him was offline, and it was 3-3 after 6.  Corey Egan pitched through the 7th, striking out 10 for Buckman.  He left with a no-decision.  The Billygoats got the eventual winning run in the bottom of the 8th when Shawn Lanners doubled.  He was pinch-run for by Joe Kahl.  Noah Boser’s base hit got Kahl home with the winning run and made a winner of relief pitcher Mark Kahl, who threw 2 perfect innings of relief, striking out 3. Shawn Lanners and Travis Kahl had 2 doubles each for Buckman. Logan Meyer had 3 hits and drove in a run for Pierz.  Schultz went the distance for the Dogs, striking out 13.  The victory keeps Buckman locked in a tie with Lastrup atop the East at 9-2.  

Lastrup   11   12   1

Avon         4    9    1   (9)

WP: Brad Meyer 9IP 4r 9h 6k 3bb

LP: Kyle Collins 5IP 7r 9h 5k 0bb

Cody Stich 3IP 4r 3h 0k 1bb 1hp

Caleb Curry 1IP 0r 0h 0k 0bb

Lastrup:

Chad Weiss 1-4 rbi

Paul Herman 2-5 run

Rick Schlieman 2-5

Brad Meyer 1-3 sac, bb, 3 runs

Jason Sadlovsky 2-3 Hr, dbl, sac, 5 rbi, 2 runs

Reggie Litke 1-4 hp, rbi, 2 runs

Dan Saehr 1-4 run

Nate Janson 1-4 sb, run

Brandon Lochner 1-3 sac fly, rbi

Scott Janson 0-1

Cody Meyer 0-0 run

Preston Rocheleau 0-1

Avon:

Rick Hendrickson 0-4 bb

Caleb Curry 4-5 dbl, rbi, run

Riley Voit 1-5 run

Matt Meyer 1-4

Reed Voit 1-4 rbi

Adam Harlander 0-2 bb

Carter Holthaus 0-4

Zac Tomsche 1-4

Cody Stich 0-2 bb, run

Kenny Weber 0-0 run

Tony Harlander 0-1

Tony Schoenberg 1-1

In a battle of Division leaders Sunday, Lastrup, who entered the day sharing the East lead with Buckman, downed the Avon Lakers 11-4. Avon began the day with a game and half lead over Freeport in the South.  After both starting pitchers, Brad Meyer for Lastrup and Kyle Collins for Avon, worked a 1-2-3 1st inning, Lastrup pushed 4 runs across in the 2nd on 5 hits, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly. Reggie Litke singled home a run and would later come home on a wild pitch.  Brandon Lochner’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0 and Chad Weiss added an rbi single to make it 4-0.  Avon didn’t collect their first hit off Brad Meyer until Caleb Curry lined an rbi double, scoring Cody Stich from 1st with 2 outs in the 3rd as Avon shaved the lead to 4-1 after 3.  Collins returned to form, blanking Lastrup in the 3rd and 4th.  In the top of the 5th,  Paul Herman and Rick Schlieman singled with 1 out.  Brad Meyer then hit a potential double play ball up the middle, but Avon was only able to get a force out at 2nd to keep the inning alive for Jason Sadlovsky.  Sadlovsky made that little bobble in the field hurt as he smoked a 3-run homer to right on the next pitch to make it 7-1.  Avon had their most productive inning in the 6th, scoring 3 runs.  3straight 1-out singles by Caleb Curry, Riley Voit and Matt Meyer loaded the bases and started the rally.  Reed Voit’s ground out to 1st produced 1run, and Avon would add a run on a balk and an error to make it 7-4 after 6.  Lastrup got the games final 4 runs in the 7th off reliever Cody Stich, who had taken over from Collins after that 5th inning.  Paul Herman singled with 1 out, followed by Rick Schlieman’s fly to medium center.  Avon center fielder Rick Hendrickson raced in and appeared to deke Herman, causing him to hold up between 1st and 2nd. However the ball fell well in front of Hendrickson, who then picked up the ball and fired it to 2nd to force out Herman.  With Cody Meyer pinch-running for Schlieman, Brad Meyer walked.  Jason Sadlovsky then drilled a 2-run double, making it 9-4.  Reggie Litke was then hit by a pitch.  With 2 outs and runners at 1st and 2nd, a wild pitch allowed both men to advance.  That took the force out off the table.  Dan Saehr then hit a grounder near the 3rd base bag, meaning that instead of simply being able to take 1 step and touch 3rd for an inning-ending force play, Matt Meyer’s only play was to 1st.  His throw was off target, and both Sadlovsky and Litke scored on the error to make it 11-4.  Avon threatened one last time in the 9th, loading the bases on 3 singles but Meyer got Riley Voit to line out to left to end the game.  

Upsala    3   8   3

Nisswa   7   17  3  (9)

WP: Kyle Schaible 5IP 3r 6h 3k 1bb

Brett Cloutier 1 2/3IP 0r 2h 0k 0bb 1 hp

Save: Tory Miller 2 13IP 0r 0h 1k 3bb

LP: Matt Swanson 5 1/3IP 5r 13h 7k 2bb 1hp

Brock Cichon 2 2/3IP 2r 4h 3k 1bb

Lightning:

Drew Boland 2-5 rbi

Aaron Jenkins 2-4 Hr, bb, 2 rbi, 2 runs

Jeremiah Piepkorn 4-5 run

Jason Roepke 4-5   2 dbl

Luke Schumer 0-5

Adam Hardy 0-3

Tyler Wittwer 2-5 Hr, rbi, 2 runs

Morgan Shepherd 2-3 hp, sb, rbi, run

Brett Jenkins 1-4 bb, run

Chris Pederson 0-1

Drew Sannes 0-2

Matt Casperson 0-0 bb

Bluejays:

Dustin Biniek 2-4 dbl, hp, 2 rbi

Ben Burggraff 1-4 bb, rbi

Matt Swanson 0-5

Justin Lampert 0-4

Eric Lampert 0-3 bb

Adam Gerads 1-4

Brock Cichon 0-4 run

Justin Cichon 1-2 2bb, run

Brandon Welinski 3-4 sb, run

The Nisswa Lightning moved into a 1st place tie with the Ft. Ripley Rebels on top of the North Division with a 10-3 win over the visiting Upsala Bluejays on Saturday.  After a scoreless inning and a half, Tyler Wittwer hit a 1-out solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd go put Nisswa up 1-0.  Upsala answered in the top of the 3rd as Brandon Welinski singled with 1 out, stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a groundout and then scored on a Ben Burggraff single.  Burggraff was thrown out at 2nd by CF Drew Boland to end the inning.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Nisswa took the lead back when Aaron Jenkins led off with a walk, followed by singles from Jeremiah Piepkorn and Jason Roepke to load the bases.  After a pair of strikeouts, Tyler Wittwer hit a ground ball to 1st that was mishandled, allowing Jenkins to score.  Morgan Sheperd was then hit by a pitch to score Piepkorn, making it 3-1.  It stayed that way until the top of the 5th when the Bluejays loaded the bases on an Adam Gerads single, a walk to Justin Cichon and a Brandon Welinski hit.  Dustin Biniek then doubled to score 2 runs, and Welinski was gunned down at the plate trying to score from 1st to end the inning and preserve the 3-3 tie.   The Lightning scored two in the bottom of the 5th on a 2-out rbi single by Drew Boland . On the play, Boland got caught in a rundown between 1st and 2nd which allowed Brett Jenkins to score the 2nd run on the play, making it 5-3.  Nisswa added 2 more in the 7th on a 2-out, 2-run homer by Aaron Jenkins and it was 7-3.  Upsala threatened in the 9th as Brock Cichon reached on catcher’s interference, and Justin Cichon followed with a walk.  But Tory Miller got Brandon Welinski to line back to him and doubled the runner off 1st for two outs, and then got a game-ending groundout to finish the contest.  

Avon            5   10   2

Buckman    7   10   4

WP: Jeremy Monson 9IP 5r 10h

LP: Adam Harlander 2IP 3r

SP: Troy Wunderlich 6IP 4r

Billygoats:

Ben Boser 2-5

Peter Suska 2-3 sac fly, 2 rbi

Travis Kahl 2-3 run

Zach Lanners 3b

Lakers:

Rick Hendrickson 1-2 sac, sb, run

Riley Voit 3-3 sac fly, 3 rbi

Adam Harlander 2-4

Tony Schoenberg 2-4

The Buckman Billygoats handed the Avon Lakers their first loss of the season in a come-from-behind 7-5 victory and in doing so, moved into a 1st place tie with Lastrup atop the East.  Avon and starting pitcher Troy Wunderlich lead 5-4 after 6 innings when the Lakers turned the ball over to Adam Harlander.  Buckman rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to take the win.  A 1-out triple by Zach Lanners ignited the rally.  Noah Boser singled to score Lanners and tie the game 5-5. Lane Girtz then singled and both Boser and Girtz scored on a double by Travis Kahl to complete the rally at 7-5.   Jeremy Monson picked up the complete game win for the Goats.  Both Buckman and Lastrup are now 8-2 with 3 games left.  Both teams play Sunday with Lastrup going to Avon for a 1:30 game and the Billygoats will host the Bulldogs at 1:30.  Buckman still has St. Stephen (home) and Freeport (away) on their schedule.  Lastrup will actually play another game Sunday night with a 6:00 pm game at Freeport and then host the Pierz Brewers next Saturday.

Royalton         3   10   0

St. Stephen   10  10   0   (9)

WP: Austin Guggenberger 9IP 3r 10h 9k 2bb 1hp

LP: Matt Gottwalt 5IP 10r 8h 2k 6bb

Jarrod Foss 3IP 0r 2h 1k 0bb

Steves:

Sam Neeser 1-5

Austin Guggenberger 2-4 bb, rbi, 3 runs

Ben Omann 2-2 Hr, 3bb, 3 rbi, 2 runs

Dylan Hollenkamp 0-5

Brandon Waldvogel 2-5 rbi, run

Jason Slivnik 2-5 dbl, rbi, run

Nick Krippner 1-3 2bb, run

Troy Monson 0-3 sac

Cody Wolhart 1-3 sac, rbi, run

Riverdogs:

Brady Moulzoff 1-5 Hr, rbi, run

Adam Snyder 1-4 bb

Hunter Young 1-5

Nate Psyck 2-5 Hr, rbi, run

Mike Wenner 2-4 run

Austin Zapzalka 0-4

Brett Bursch 2-3 hp

Matt Gottwalt 1-3

Jarrod Foss 0-1

Steve Hoff 0-4 rbi

Due to wet field conditions at Trobec Field, this game was moved to Royalton but was played as a home game for the Steves.  In the top of the 1st, Brady Moulzoff hit the 1st pitch of the game out of the park for a lead off homer.  The Steves got a run in the 2nd to tie it 1-1.  St. Stephen then got 4 in the 3 rd, highlighted by a Brandon Waldvogel rbi single and a Jason Slivnik rbi double to give them a 5-1 lead after 3.  Nate Psyck led off the 4th with a homer for Royalton and a Steve Hoff fielders choice brought home another run in the frame, making it 5-3.  The Steves got 1 in the bottom of the 4th on a wild pitch and then added 4 more in the 5th.  Austin Guggenberger plated a run with a single and Ben Omann blasted a 3-run homer to finish off the scoring with the Steves earning the 10-3 win.  Guggenberger went the distance to get the win.

St. Mathias   4   7   5

Opole           6   6   2   (9)

WP: Jake Nelson 9IP 4r 7h 3k 4bb

LP: Mason Quick 8IP 6r 6h 4k 4bb

Bears:

Sam Butler 1-3 bb, hp, sb, rbi, run

John Pilarski 1-5

Keaton Gustin 0-4 bb, run

Tim Huls 2-5 run

David Bialka 1-4 bb, sb, rbi, run

Zack Bialka 1-5 rbi

Jake Nelson 0-5 run

Jim Muehlbauer 1-3 hp

Scott Binek 0-2 bb, hp, run

Devils:

Blake Thiesse 0-5

Josh Haberman 1-4

Jake Francis 0-4

Zach Heidmann 2-4 dbl, run

Ben Stall 1-2 2bb, 2 runs

Brandon Owen 0-4

Nate Eschenbacher 1-3 hp

Matt Tautges 0-3 bb, run

Jordan Hunstad 2-3 bb, 2 sb, rbi

Preston Newgard 0-1

The Opole Bears gained an important victory over the St. Mathias Devils Saturday afternoon, defeating the Devils 6-4.  Jake Nelson went all 9 to get the win for Opole.  Mason Quick also threw a complete game for St. Mathias. Overnight rains forced the game to be pushed back a couple of hours but when the game did begin, it was St. Mathias that struck first, plating 2 runs in the 2nd on Jordan Hunstad’s rbi single and an error.  Opole got 1 of those runs back in the bottom of the 2nd on Sam Butler’s rbi single and it was 2-1 Devils after 2.  The Bears grabbed the lead the following inning on a Zack Bialka rbi single and a wild pitch to go up 3-2.  They added a run on a Devils error in the 4th to go up 4-2.  David Bialka added a run-scoring groundout in the 6th to make it 5-2 and another Devils error brought home the Bears 6th run of the day.  St. Mathias rallied in the 8th, getting 2 runs on a dropped fly ball with 2 outs to make it 6-4 but that turned out to be the last gasp for St. Mathias as the Bears moved a game and a half ahead of Flensburg for the 4th and final playoff spot in the West.  The Falcons will host the Bears next Saturday in an almost must-win game for Flensburg.  The Devils continue to search for their first win, falling to 0-6.  

St. Wendel    3   3   2

Freeport      14  13  3    (7)

WP: Carter Sawyer 7IP 3r 3h 4k 5bb

LP:  Kyle Jarnot 3+IP 9r 9h 1k 3bb

Nick Konz 1/3IP 3r 0h 1k 3bb

Ryan Bloomer 2 2/3IP 2r 4h 1k 2bb 1hp

Black Sox:

Eric Evaslage 2-2 sac fly, bb, rbi, 2 runs

Carter Sawyer 3-4 bb, 3 rbi, 2 runs

Chad Hess 1-2

Troy Frieler 2-5 rbi, run

Grant Hess 0-3 2bb, rbi, 3 runs

Ike Sawyer 1-3 Hr, bb, 2 rbi, run

Kyle Klasen 2-3 dbl, bb rbi, run

Mitch Waldvogel 0-3 bb, rbi, run

Seth Noll 3-4 2 dbl, 2 rbi, 2 runs

Ben Klaphake 0-1

Johnny Benson 1-1 dbl, bb, hp, run

Carter Klasen 0-0

Saints:

Taylor Nitz 0-2 2bb, sb, run

DJ Brown 0-3 sac fly, rbi, run

Brent Van Heel 1-4

John Pogatchnik 1-3 rbi

Trevor Van Heel 0-3 rbi

Jake Beckius 0-3

Ryan Bloomer 0-2

Kyle Jarnot 0-1 2bb, run

Riley Van Heel 1-2 bb

Ron Pogatchnik 0-1

The Freeport Black Sox used a 9-run 4th inning to blow open their game with the St. Wendel Saints and cruised to a 14-3 win at Black Sox Park Saturday night.  Freeport got on the scoreboard first when Ike Sawyer drove an 0-2 offering from Kyle Jarnot over the fence in left with Grant Hess aboard to give Freeport a 2-0 lead after 2.  The Sox doubled their lead to 4-0 in the 3rd on Carter Sawyer’s rbi single and a run-scoring groundout Grant Hess.  St. Wendel broke up Carter Sawyer’s shutout with a run in the top of the 4th when Taylor Nitz led off with a walk, stole 2nd and scored on John Pogatchnik’s 1-out single up the middle. With the score still a competitive 4-1 entering the bottom of the 4th, Freeport sent 14 men to the plate against 3 different Saints hurlers.  They scored 9 runs to break it open.  Seth Noll led off with a double, Eric Evaslage followed with a single to put runners at the corners with no outs.  Carter Sawyer then singled to drive in Noll.  Chad Hess followed with a walk and Troy Frieler’s single plated Evaslage with the 2nd run of the inning, spelling the end of the night for Jarnot.  Nick Konz took over and it didn’t get any better as Chad Hess would score on a wild pitch, Konz then forced in a run with a walk, then got a strikeout, but 2 more bases-loaded walks meant another trip to the mound for Ron Pogatchnik, as he brought in Ryan Bloomer to pitch.  Bloomer gave up a 2-run double to Seth Noll, a sacrifice fly to Eric Evaslage and another rbi single by Carter Sawyer  efore finally getting out of the inning with a groundout.  All told, the Sox scored 9 runs on 6 hits, a wild pitch, 2 bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly.  Seth Noll doubled twice in the inning and Carter Sawyer had 2 rbi singles that inning.  When the dust settled, it was 13-1 after 4.  Freeport got their final run in the 5th on newly-signed Kyle Klasen’s rbi double to make it 14-1.  The Saints got an rbi groundout by Trevor Van Heel in the 6th and a sacrifice fly by DJ Brown in the 7th to make the final 14-3.  

Flensburg    3   8   0

Sobieski      5  12  0   (9)

WP: Josh Wenzel 6IP 2r 5h 6k 0bb

Save: Scott Litchy 3IP 1r 3h 3k 0bb 1hp

LP: Luke Thoma 5IP 3r 10h 4k 2bb 1hp

Josh Genske 3IP 2r 2h 1k 2bb

Skis:

Josh Wenzel 3-5 run

Riley Hirsch 1-3 hp, sac fly, rbi, run

Scott Litchy 3-4 dbl, 2 rbi

Jon Czech 3-4 Hr, 2 rbi, run

Andrew Gurbada 0-4

Beau Hanowski 1-2  2bb

Thomas Miller 0-3 bb

Dan Marod 0-3 bb, run

Collin Eckman 1-4 run

Falcons:

Paul Krebs 1-3 hp

Tony Arnold 0-4

Luke Thoma 0-3

Ike Thoma 2-4 Hr, rbi, run

Justin Jenks 1-4

Kevin Johnson 1-4 dbl, run

AJ Jenks 1-3 Hr, 2 rbi, run

Braden Backowski 1-3

Pat Krebs 0-3

Josh Genske 1-1

Evan Athman 0-0

The Sobieski Skis had their hands full with the Flensburg Falcons on Saturday on Hall of Fame Saturday in Sobieski.  AJ Jenks belted a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 2nd inning off Skis starter Josh Wenzel, making his first start of the season.  In e bottom of the 3rd, Collin Eckman singled with 1 out.  With 2 outs Riley Hirsch was hit by a pitch.  Scott Litchy then ripped a double, scoring Eckman but Hirsch was thrown out at the plate trying to score from 1st to end the inning and it was 2-1 after 3.  That score remained in place until the bottom of the 5th.  With 1 out, Josh Wenzel bunted his way on.  Riley Hirsch followed with a single to it, advancing Wenzel to 3rd.  Scott Litchy then ripped an rbi single down the right field line to tie the game at 2-2. Hirsch went to 3rd on the play.  Jon Czech then gave the Skis the lead with an rbi single to make it 3-2.  The Skis had the bases loaded with 2 outs when Thomas Miller hit a line drive to center, caught by a diving Nathan Masog to end the 5th with the Skis leading 3-2.  In the bottom of the 6th, Flensburg brought in Josh Genske to relieve Luke Thoma.  Dan Marod led off with a walk, and he went to 3rd on Josh Wenzel’s 1 out single.  Riley Hirsch then hit a fly ball to center deep enough to allow Marod to rag up and score, making it 4-2. The Skis went to their bullpen to begin the 7, inserting Scott Litchy to replace Wenzel.  Ike Thoma belted the first pitch from Litchy over the fence in left to make it 4-3.  Leading off the bottom of the 7th, Jon Czech homered to dead center to push the lead back to 2, 5-3.  In the top of the 9th, the Falcons got an infield single from Josh Genske to lead off.  Pinch-runner Evan Athman was the wild-pitched to 2nd.  But Litchy got a strikeout, a line out to center fielder Beau Hanowski and a ground out to 2nd to end the game.

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