By PATRICK SLACK
Sophomore Eric Lampert turned in five scoreless innings of starting pitching and senior Travis Schneider got the final four outs in relief.
In between, the Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) baseball team produced just enough offense to give the Patriots a season-opening 2-1 home win over Melrose Area, Monday.
Junior Colten Kruzel was involved in both of the Patriots’ scoring plays, driving in junior Alec Griffith with a double in the fourth and scoring the go-ahead run on a base hit by junior Andy Nelson in the sixth.
Lampert allowed only three hits and one walk while fanning nine batters before being lifted due to a limited pitch count for his first start.
Junior Eric Frieler added a single and stole a base.
USA hosts Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Thursday.
Melrose 1 5 0
USA 2 4 1
USA—Colten Kruzel: 1-1, 2B, R, RBI; Andy Nelson: 1-3, RBI; Alec Griffith: 1-3, R; Eric Frieler: 1-2, SB; Eric Lampert: 5-IP, 0-R, 3-H, 1-BB, 9-K; WP-Travis Schneider: 1 1/3-IP, 0-R, 2-K.