By PATRICK SLACK
Pete Herman went 2-for-3 with a home run and drove in three at the plate and fanned five batters over 2 2/3 innings of relief to propel the Pierz Bulldogs to an 8-6 Victory League (VL) win over Buckman, April 29.
Preston Loidolt added two doubles and a single for the Bulldogs while Paul Herman and Ben Watercott each contributed two hits and combined for four RBIs.
Corey Egan went 3-for-5, Mark Kahl doubled and knocked in two runs and Pete Oldakowski had two hits and an RBI for Buckman.
In other VL action April 29:
Fort Ripley 15, Freeport 9
A low-scoring game early gave way to a slugfest late, as Fort Ripley broke open what was a 1-1 game after four innings to earn a 15-9 win at Freeport.
Nick Jelacie had four hits, four RBIs and three runs to lead the way for the Rebels, with Ray Austin and Brett Kramer each adding three hits.
Nate Mettenberg and Eric Evaslage both had three hits for Freeport.
Sobieski 6, Royalton 5
Sobieski rallied from a late 5-1 deficit with three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to edge Royalton 6-5.
Joey Hanowski and Jon Czech each had a pair of hits for the Skis.
Tyler Jendro earned the win on the mound, allowing only one run over five innings and had the game-winning RBI.
Ryan Snyder went 2-for-4 and Zach Lanners doubled and drove in three runs for the Riverdogs.
Lastrup 12, Pierz Brewers 6
Lastrup powered its way to a 12-6 win over the Pierz Brewers with a 16-hit attack, led by homers from Reggie Litke, Jason Sadlovsky and Dave Woitalla.
Scott Janson added two hits and worked five innings for the win, while Brandon Lochner and Chad Weiss collected two hits and scored a run.
Mike Pohlkamp went 3-for-4 to lead the Brewers.
St. Mathias 8, Flensburg 3
Josh Haberman allowed just one run over seven solid innings of work to lead St. Mathias to an 8-3 win at Flensburg.
Eddie Wenzel went 2-for-4 and Ian Stewart homered for Flensburg.
St. Wendel 7, Holdingford 5
St. Wendel secured sole possession of first place in the South with a 7-5 win over Holdingford, led by the all-around performance of Damien Dumonceaux.
Dumonceaux went 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs and a pair of RBIs at the plate while allowing only one run and fanning 11 in six innings pitched.
Lee Maciej and Brent Van Heel also went deep for the Saints.
Jake Klein went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Express.
St. Stephen 4, Opole 3
St. Stephen secured a walk-off 4-3 win over Opole on a fielder’s choice in the ninth to win its season opener after getting rained out a week ago.
Neil Theisen went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Jeremy Celusta homered and Aaron Tschumperlin picked up two hits for St. Stephen.
Ben Omann worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to notch the win.
Keaton Gustin reached base three times and knocked in a run for the Bears.
Cuyuna Range 3, Upsala 2
Cuyuna Range started and finished the game strong, scoring two runs in the first and a tie-breaking run its last time up in the eighth to secure a 3-2 win over Upsala.
Mac Jones delivered the game-winning hit for the Miners to allow A.J. Hartshorn to record the complete-game victory.
Eric Lampert and Ben Burggraff each had two hits and scored and John Fuchs struck out 12 batters.
Nisswa 8, Randall 1
Jeremiah Piepkorn blasted a homer and drove in four and Drew Boland and Luke Schumer each scored twice as Nisswa topped Randall 8-1 for its second win in a row.
Lincoln Messner only allowed one run in four innings of work to pick up the win.
Ricky Drew hit a sole homer for Randall’s lone run.
Avon 5, Harding 0
Troy Wunderlich and Kyle Collins teamed up to throw a four-hit shutout as Avon blanked Harding 5-0.
Neil Manthe and Luke Manthe provided the offense the Lakers needed, combiniing for four hits and two RBIs.
Josh Boser went 2-for-4 for the Dinosaurs.
In this weekend’s action, Flensburg was scheduled to play at Randall, Saturday, May 5.
Games set for Sunday, May 6, include: St. Wendel at Harding; Buckman at Lastrup; Opole at Pierz Brewers; Royalton at Fort Ripley; Freeport at Nisswa; Cuyuna Range at St. Mathias; Pierz Bulldogs at Holdingford; Avon at St. Stephen; Randall at Flensburg; Upsala at Sobieski.