By PATRICK SLACK
Chuck Boser went 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs to power the Pierz Brewers to a 9-3 win in Victory League (VL) action over St. Stephen, June 17.
Mike Pohlkamp added three hits and Dylan Kummet collected a pair of singles as Pierz moved within half a game of second place in the East Division.
Mike Poser held the Steves to one run over six innings to earn the win and Pohlkamp worked the final three frames to notch the save.
Travis Phelps went 4-for-5, Cody Wolhart had three hits and Neil Theisen homered for St. Stephen.
In other VL play June 23 – 25:
Randall 5, Freeport 4
Randall eked out its first of two one-run victories over the weekend with a 5-4 triumph against Freeport.
The Black Sox built an early 3-0 lead, but the Cubs slowly closed the gap before eventually taking the lead on an RBI single by Kyle Peterschick, also the winning pitcher, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Nick Prozinski and Jason Peterschick each picked up three hits and combined for three RBIs for Randall.
Mike Frerichs went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Freeport.
Randall 8, Fort Ripley 7
Randall pulled out another exciting win a day after knocking off Freeport, edging Fort Ripley 8-7 in 11 innings.
The Cubs erased a 6-4 deficit with three runs in the top of the eighth, only for the Rebels to tie the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
But Randall picked up the decisive run it needed in the 11th on a wild pitch to complete the weekend sweep.
Noah Czech, Chad Stadum and Joe Tuholsky each collected three of Randall’s 14 hits and Dusty Parker worked all 11 innings for the win.
Ray Austin homered and Brett Kramer drilled a triple and knocked in three runs for Fort Ripley.
Upsala 3, Royalton 2
Brady Burggraff doubled in a run in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie and lift Upsala to a 3-2 triumph over Royalton.
Dustin Biniek went 3-for-4 with two runs for Upsala to lead Upsala offensively.
Matt Swanson and Justin Lampert added two hits apiece, with Swanson tossing two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief.
Shawn Lanners had two hits and an RBI at the plate for the Riverdogs and struck out 10 batters in the complete-game effort.
Zach Lanners added three hits, an RBI and a run and Hunter Young picked up two hits.
Harding 6, Buckman 3
Harding used a three-run ninth inning to break a late tie and top Buckman 6-3.
Mitch Dorn turned in another overpowering performance on the hill, fanning 14 batters over nine innings to pick up the win.
He was aided at the plate by Paul Preimesberger, who went 2-for-4 with a homer, and Curt Caughey, who had two singles and a double.
Corey Egan, Travis Kahl and Todd Robinson each collected a pair of hits for Buckman.
Lastrup 3, Opole 0
Lastrup starting pitcher Scott Janson nearly achieved perfection, blanking Opole on one hit and no walks with one error behind him as the Lakers remained unbeaten in VL play with a 3-0 victory.
Jason Sadlovsky gave Janson the only run he would need with an RBI single in the first inning, with Dan Saehr and Nate Janson driving in the final two runs in the sixth.
Sadlovsky, Dustin Schmaltz and Rick Schlieman each finished with two hits for Lastrup.
David Bialka picked up Opole’s lone hit with an infield single in the top of the first.
Royalton 19, Flensburg 0
Shawn Lanners went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and seven RBIs as Royalton shut out Flensburg 19-0.
Emil Trutwin, Steve Hoff and Hunter Young each had a pair of hits for Royalton and combined to score six runs and knock in four.
Paul Krebs doubled and knocked in a pair while Ryan Snyder and Ryan Wiener each had a hit and scored three runs.
Matt Gottwalt worked five scoreless innings to earn the win for the Riverdogs.
Luke Thoma and Russ Fellbaum each had two hits for Flensburg.
Holdingford 10, Bulldogs 8
Holdingford outlasted the Pierz Bulldogs 10-8 in a back-and-forth contest, coming from behind in the bottom of the eighth with three runs to pull out the win.
Derek Thielen finished 3-for-5 to pace the Express, including a two-run double during the decisive eighth inning, and also earned the complete-game win on the mound.
Pete Herman went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for Pierz, with Paul Herman and Craig Luberts also collecting two hits.
Preston Loidolt and John Pohlkamp crossed the plate twice for Pierz.
Cuyuna 6, St. Mathias 5
Cuyuna took its first lead of the game in its final at-bat, knocking off St. Mathias 6-5 in 11 innings on a walk-off single by Lance Herbst to bring in Reed Olander.
Mac Jones limitied the Devils to one run over four innings of relief to pick up the win.
Blake Thiesse had three hits and two runs and Zach Heidmann hit a three-run homer for St. Mathias.
Freeport 5, Sobieski 0
Mike Frericks stifled the powerful Sobieski lineup with seven shutout innings of work, leading Freeport to a 5-0 win in a West Division clash.
Jason Tschida went 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Black Sox’s 14-hit attack.
Joe Rydeen went 2-for-2 with a walk for the Skis.
Nisswa 13, Upsala 3
Tyler Wittwer went deep twice as the Nisswa offense erupted to produce a 13-3 win at Upsala.
Jeremiah Piepkorn also homered for the Lightning and Mark Germain had two hits and an RBI.
Brady Burggraff went 2-for-4 to lead Upsala.
Avon 26, Pierz Bulldogs 1
Reed Voit was a one-man wrecking machine as the Avon slugger belted three homers and drove in nine runs to lead the Lakers to a 26-1 win over the Pierz Bulldogs.
Rick Hendrickson went 3-for-6 with four runs and two RBIs and Nate Ronning homered and knocked in four to round out Avon’s offense.
Pete Herman doubled in Pierz’ only run of the game.
St. Wendel 6, Holdingford 0
St. Wendel starter Brandon Hellmann gave Holdingford little chance in the South Division match-up, shutting out the Express on four hits while striking out 15 batters in a 6-0 win for the Saints.
Trever Van Heel and John Pogatchnik each went 2-for-5 and combined to scoree three of the Saints’ runs.
Avon 2, St. Stephen 1
Kyle Collins tossed seven shutout innings to lead Avon to a narrow 2-1 victory over St. Stephen to remain in first place in the South Division.
Taylor Holthaus went 2-for-4 with a double and a run for the Lakers and Trent Phelps had a single and an RBI for St. Stephen.
Freeport 10, Nisswa 5
Nisswa outhit Freeport 13-12, but the Black Sox doubled up the Lightning in the runs column 10-5 to open the weekend with a win.
Lincoln Haugen doubled twice and scored two runs, Chad Hess had three hits and Carter Sawyer doubled and homered to lead Freeport.
Morgan Shepherd went 3-for-5 and Tyler Wittwer homered for Nisswa.
Nisswa 12, St. Mathias 5
Nisswa climbed out of the North Division cellar with a resounding 12-5 win over St. Mathias after getting shut out by the Devils a week prior.
Mark Germain and Jason Roepke combined for five hits and eight RBIs for the Lightning, with Brett Cloutier earning the complete-game win.
Zach Heidmann and Jake Francis had two hits apiece for St. Mathias.