Baseball: Royalton tops Hinckley; Pierz, USA, Holdingford fall in quarterfinals
Recaps from Friday’s sub-section quarterfinals:
Royalton 6, Hinckley-Finlayson 4
Sixth-seeded Royalton knocked off third-seeded Hinckley-Finlayson 6-4 in the Sub-Section 5A East quarterfinals.
The Royals started off strong, taking a quick 1-0 lead after senior Steve Hoff doubled, stole third and scored on a base hit by junior Noah Farrell.
The Jaguars got the run right back in the bottom of the first and took the lead with two more in the third.
But Royalton’s lineup produced five consecutive hits to lead off the fifth inning to produce five runs and a lead it would not relinquish.
“The Hinckley game was by far the best we have played in maybe a couple years here at Royalton,” head coach Rusty Gwost said. “We got down 3-1 in the fifth and scored five times to open up the game. Those kinds of innings haven’t come our way very often so it was a huge step for our team.”
Hoff finished with two hits, two runs and an RBI and freshman Brady Moulzolf drove in a pair to lead the Royals at the plate.
Junior Matt Silbernick struck out eight batters to record the complete-game victory on the mound.
“Matt Silbernick got stronger as the game went along and our defense was very solid.”
Also collecting hits for the Royals were senior Jeremy Grittner, sophomore Cade Stang, freshman Jordan Smieja and Silbernick.
Royalton will now advance to take on second-seeded Isle, which Royalton defeated 9-0 in its regular season finale.
The game is scheduled to be played Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Pierz.
Albany 8, Pierz 1
Albany’s first four batters of the game scored to give the Huskies early control en route to an 8-1 win at Pierz in the Sub-Section 6AA East quarterfinals.
Junior Brady Dorn had a hit and scored the Pioneers’ lone run.
Juniors Nick Lochner and Cody Weiss also picked up singles.
Pierz finished the season with an 11-10 record, including a 9-5 mark in the Central Minnesota Conference.
Seniors on this year’s team included Logan Meyer, Brad Trapp and Trent Davis.
Kimball Area 2, Upsala-Swanville Area 0
Fifth-seeded Kimball Area shut out Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) on two hits to earn a 2-0 win in the Sub-Section 5A West quarterfinals.
The Patriots finished the season with a 12-9 record, including an 8-6 mark in Prairie Conference play.
Seniors on this year’s USA team included Travis Schneider, Tom Ripplinger and Derek Pfeiffer.
St. Cloud Cathedral 8, Holdingford 1
Defending state champion St. Cloud Cathedral held Holdingford to one hit in an 8-1 win in the Sub-Section 6AA East quarterfinals.
The second-seeded Crusaders will take on third-seeded Paynesville Area, Tuesday, with the winner advancing to play the winner between Little Falls and Albany.