By PATRICK SLACK
Barely midway through the Victory League (VL) schedule, Lastrup made the inevitable a reality, June 10, cruising past Buckman 14-5 to wrap up the East Division regular season title.
Rick Schlieman and Brandon Lochner had four hits apiece to lead seven players with multi-hit games for Lastrup.
Schlieman finished with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored while Lochner had two RBIs and two runs.
Dustin Schmaltz added three hits and Scott Janson, Chad Weiss, Reggie Litke and Dave Woitalla all picked up two.
Weiss scattered seven hits and struck out seven over six innings to pick up the win.
Corey Egan went 3-for-5 to lead Buckman, with Peter Suska, Joe Kahl and Zach Pohlkamp recording two hits apiece.
Suska scored three runs and Kahl drove in three.
In other VL action June 9 – 10:
Brewers 6, Holdingford 2
Mike Pohlkamp held Holdingford in check over six innings and Mike Weber shut the door in the final three to lead the Pierz Brewers to a 6-2 win against Holdingford.
Eric Boser provided three hits, two RBIs and a run on offense, while Pohlkamp helped his own cause with a single, double and two runs.
Mike Poser reached base four times and Jerron Boser added a double for Pierz.
Blaine Feia and Derek Thielen drove in Holdingford’s two runs.
Harding 8, Pierz Bulldogs 6
Mitch Dorn put on a dominating display at the plate and on the mound, powering Harding to an 8-6 win over the Pierz Bulldogs.
Trailing 6-3 after six innings, the Dinosaurs tied the score with three runs in the seventh and took the lead with two more in the eighth.
Dorn went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and struck out nine batters over 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to notch the victory.
Paul Preimesberger added two hits and an RBI for Harding, with Eric Hanneken doubling in a pair and Matt Woitalla recording an RBI.
Paul Herman and Craig Luberts each went 2-for-5 for Pierz.
Buckman 11, Holdingford 6
Buckman started the weekend by emerging on top 11-6 in a slugfest against Holdingford.
Corey Egan had two singles and a double, Gary Boros went 2-for-4 and Zach Pohlkamp drilled a double for Buckman offensively.
Jeremy Monson tossed seven innings to pick up the win.
Blaine Feia, Nick Konz and Ryan Olson each went 2-for-5 for the Express.
Sobieski 5, Randall 0
Cole Jendro tossed a three-hitter as Sobieski blanked Randall 5-0 for its first shutout of the weekend.
Tyler Jendro provided the Skis with more than enough offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Nate Olson added a pair of hits, a run and an RBI while Andrew Lange, Andrew Gurbada, Joey Hanowski and Jon Czech also collected hits.
Jason Peterschick, Chad Stadum and Ryan Stadum all singled for the Cubs.
Sobieski 2, Fort Ripley 0
In a rematch of last year’s state play-in game, Sobieski edged Fort Ripley 2-0 in an eight-inning game shortened by lightning.
Tyler Jendro stymied the Rebels’ lineup, firing a four-hit shutout for Sobieski, striking out four.
Riley Hirsch went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a steal offensively for the Skis, with Joey Hanowski and Andrew Lange scoring and Nate Olson knocking in a run.
Logan Kalis struck out 10 hitters in eight innings for Fort Ripley.
Avon 5, Opole 1
Opole collected nine hits, but Avon was able to limit the damage to just one run in the first inning, earning a 5-1 victory to gain sole possession of first place in the tightly contested South Division.
Matt Meyer went 2-for-5 with a run and Dave Kalthoff and Taylor Holthaus drew three walks apiece to spark the Avon offense.
Tim Huls went 3-for-4 and Mark Huls picked up a pair of hits for Opole.
St. Stephen 15, St. Wendel 8
St. Stephen rattled off seven runs in the final three frames to break an 8-8 deadlock and secure a 15-8 victory over St. Wendel.
Austin Guggenberger led the 18-hit attack for the Steves, going 4-for-5 with three runs and a pair of RBIs.
Jeremy Celusta pounded three doubles and Adam Tschumperlin went deep twice.
Ben Schwanberg had three hits and Trevor Van Heel and Brent Van Heel each homered and combined to drive in five runs for St. Wendel.
Fort Ripley 7, Flensburg 3
Blaine Bubalo accumulated three hits, two runs and an RBI as Fort Ripley fended off Flensburg 7-3.
Brett Kramer added a homer and reached base four times while Jim Kramer and Ray Austin each knocked in a couple of runs for the Rebels.
Mitch Gregory, Russ Fellbaum, Luke Thoma, Brian Sanoski, Tony Arnold and Cody Waldvogel each collected hits for Flensburg, with Thoma hitting a triple and Fellbaum picking up a double and a run.
St. Mathias 1, Nisswa 0
Ryan Thiesse doubled and came around to score the only run of the game on an error in the sixth inning to lift St. Mathias to a 1-0 win over Nisswa.
Lincoln Messner didn’t allow an earned run over seven innings of work for Nisswa.
Games scheduled for Sunday, June 17, include Harding at Buckman; Opople at Lastrup; Avon at Pierz Bulldogs; St. Mathias at Cuyuna Range; Randall at Fort Ripley; St. Wendel at Holdingford; Pierz Brewers at St. Stephen; Sobieski at Freeport; Flensburg at Royalton; and Nisswa at Upsala.