By PATRICK SLACK
Lastrup outscored two opponents 24-2 to improve to 6-0 on the season and remain in control of the Victory League (VL) East Division, May 19.
The Lakers opened the day with a 16-1 demolition of Holdingford, then handled Harding 8-1 under the lights at Pierz Legion Park.
Scott Janson struck out eight over five innings to pick up the win against Holdingford.
He was supported offensively by a balanced attack, with eight Lastrup hitters combining for nine hits.
Nate Janson went 2-for-4 with two runs, Dustin Schmaltz hit a three-run homer, Dave Woitalla scored three runs and Dan Saehr reached base four times.
It was a similar story against Harding, as the Lakers rolled despite getting outhit 10-6 by the Dinosaurs.
Chad Weiss worked five scoreless innings to record the win and went 2-for-2 with three runs at the plate.
Dave Woitalla contributed two hits, two RBIs and two runs and Rick Schlieman homered for Lastrup.
John Boser went 3-for-4 while Paul Preimesberger and Gary Woitalla collected two hits apiece for Harding.
In other VL action May 20:
Sobieski 22, Flensburg 0
Andrew Lange and the Sobieski offense exploded for 22 runs on 16 hits to cruise past Flensburg 22-0.
Lange drove in seven runs and scored three of his own while hitting for the cycle to power the Skis to the win.
Tyler Jendro belted a grand slam and collected six RBIs of his own.
Andrew Gurbada and Joe Rydeen each scored four runs, with Gurbada going 3-for-3 and Rydeen picking up two hits and three RBIs.
Jon Czech added a homer and Ben Hanowski went 2-for-3 with three runs.
Isaac Thoma and Justin Welle had Flensburg’s hits.
Upsala 12, St. Mathias 6
Upsala utilized an eight-run eighth inning to overtake St. Mathias 12-6.
Matt Swanson went 3-for-4 with a run and Brock Cichon hit a two-run shot for Upsala.
John Fuchs earned the win in relief, striking out five in three innings.
Dalton Tibbets went 2-for-2 for St. Mathias.
Randall 8, Royalton 2
Randall starting pitcher Dusty Parker held Royalton to two runs on three hits over seven innings as Randall cruised to an 8-2 triumph.
Parker also singled, doubled and scored a run at the plate.
Josh Burgardt added two hits, an RBI and a run and Jason Peterschick reached base three times for the Cubs.
Nate Benusa and Zach Lanners each went 2-for-4 for Royalton, with Benusa collecting two RBIs.
Cuyuna Range 2, Nisswa 1
Cuyuna Range scored two early runs and starting pitcher A.J. Hartshorn took care of the rest, holding down Nisswa to allow the Rangers to pick up a 2-1 win.
John Hoge and Lance Herbst knocked in both of Cuyuna Range’s runs in the third inning and Hartshorn struck out 11 batters to notch the complete-game victory.
Drew Boland and Aaron Jenkins had two hits apiece for the Lightning.
St. Stephen 7, Pierz Bulldogs 2
After trading two runs each in the first inning, St. Stephen scored the final five to defeat the Pierz Bulldogs 7-2.
Travis Phelps and Adam Tschumperling each went 3-for-5 and combined to score three runs to lead St. Stephen.
Ben Anderson drove in two runs and Austin Guggenberger scored twice.
Ben Omann allowed only two runs over six innings to earn the win.
Pete Herman hit a run-scoring double and gave up only one run over five innings for Pierz.
St. Wendel 2, Pierz Brewers 0
Brandon Hellmann worked 8 1/3 shutout innings and Bryce Feia came in to record the final two outs as St. Wendel shut out the Pierz Brewers 2-0.
John Pogatchnik went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, run and stolen base to help the South Division leading Saints at the plate.
Alvin Kimman, Eric Boser, Jerron Boser, Logan Meyer and Greg Pohlkamp collected Pierz’ hits.
There are 22 games scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
Opole was slated to play at St. Wendel with Sobieski at Freeport, Saturday, May 26.
Games scheduled for Sunday, May 27, include Buckman at Harding; Pierz Brewers at Pierz Bulldogs; Sobieski at Cuyuna Range; St. Mathias at Fort Ripley; Avon at Holdingford; St. Stephen at Opole; Lastrup at St. Wendel; Royalton at Flensburg; Randall at Upsala; Lastrup at Pierz Bulldogs; and Freeport at Nisswa.
Games taking place Monday are Royalton at Cuyuna Range; Pierz Brewers at Harding; Nisswa at Fort Ripley; Randall at St. Mathias; Buckman at Avon; Holdingford at St. Stephen; Sobieski at Flensburg; and Freeport at Upsala.