Victory League: Czech, Smieja go deep as Sobieski remains in first

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Buckman shortstop Ben Boser drops a perfect bunt down the third-base line to reach with a single at St. Stephen, June 23. Boser went 2-for-3 in the game and had two more hits later in the day against Avon.

Jon Czech went 3-for-3 and blasted a three-run homer and Isaac Smieja hit a two-run shot as Sobieski slipped past St. Mathias 6-5 and maintained sole possession of first place in the Victory League (VL) West Division, June 24.

The Skis took an early 5-1 lead after the two homers, but St. Mathias tied the game in the seventh on a bases-clearing double by Jake Francis, who also scored on the play on a throwing error.

Sobieski regained the lead on a two-out single by Nate Olson in the seventh and held on for the win after Brad Czech threw a scoreless eighth and Riley Hirsch struck out the side in the ninth.

Adam Tautges and Francis each went 2-for-4 for St. Mathias.

In other VL action June 22 – 24:


Lastrup 7, Avon 5

Buckman starting pitcher Travis Kahl delivers a pitch to the plate at St. Stephen, June 23. The Billygoats bounced back after falling to the Steves to edge the Pierz Bulldogs 2-1, June 24.

Lastrup, the top-ranked team in Class C, jumped on Avon early to build a 7-0 lead, then held off the Lakers for a 7-5 win to remain unbeaten in VL play.

Dustin Schmaltz went 2-for-4 and scored a run to lead the balanced Lastrup attack.

Brandon Lochner, Jason Sadlovsky and Dan Saehr also reached base three times.

Chad Weiss struck out 13 batters over eight innings of work to record the win and Reggie Litke struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

Tony Schoenberg and Riley Voit each went 2-for-4 for Avon, with Schoenberg hitting a three-run homer.


Pierz Brewers 6, Harding 0

Mike Poser fired a four-hit shutout without issuing a walk to guide the Pierz Brewers to a 6-0 win over Harding.

Logan Meyer doubled twice and scored three runs, Alvin Kimman had two hits, Mike Weber drove in two and Poser helped his own cause with a pair of singles to lead Pierz offensively.

Gary Woitalla, Josh Boser, Chad Herman and Dan Rocheleau collected Harding’s hits.


Royalton 6, Upsala 2

Royalton utilized 10 walks, nine hits and a solid outing by Shawn Lanners to defeat Upsala 6-2.

Lanners went the distance for the Riverdogs, striking out seven.

Ryan Snyder and Aaron Trutwin each went 2-for-5 with a run scored and Zach Lanners reached base four times and drove one.

Brock Cichon had two hits and drew two walks for Upsala.


Buckman 2, Pierz Bulldogs 1

Jeremy Monson hit a two-run homer in the second inning that he made stand up the rest of the way on the mound, leading Buckman past the Pierz Bulldogs 2-1.

Monson allowed only one run on four hits and struck out four for the Billygoats, with Corey Egan, Joe Kahl and Gary Boros also collecting hits.

John Pohlkamp singled and walked for the Bulldogs.

Andy Leidenfrost worked four innings of scoreless, no-hit relief for Pierz.


Upsala 5, Flensburg 1

Matt Swanson homered and Chris Ripplinger tossed six shutout innings to lead Upsala to a 5-1 victory over Flensburg.

Justin Lampert also had two hits and scored while Brady Burggraff reached base four times and drove in two for Upsala.

Ian Stewart doubled in Cody Waldvogel to plate Flensburg’s only run.


Avon 11, Buckman 5

Buckman erased an early 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 edge midway through its match-up with Avon.

But the Lakers scored seven unanswered runs the rest of the way to come away with an 11-5 win and remain atop the South Division.

Reed Voit, Tony Harlander and Jeff Swenson all knocked in two runs for Avon, with Harlander also scoring three times.

Ben Boser, Joe Kahl and Nate Neeser had two hits apiece for Buckman, with Neeser scoring twice and Kahl hitting a bases-clearing double.


Freeport 10, Cuyuna 0

Freeport recorded its second shutout in a row, blanking Cuyuna 10-0 on just one hit.

Mike Frerichs worked the first six innings for the Black Sox, striking out 10, with Josh Vorpahl coming in to fan the side in the seventh.

Grant Hess hit a grand slam and Carter Sawyer doubled twice for Freeport.

Lance Herbst had Cuyuna’s lone hit.


St. Stephen 14, Buckman 4

Buckman cut an early 6-0 deficit to 6-4, but St. Stephen controlled the rest of the game to prevail 14-4.

Trent Phelps and Travis Phelps each drove in three runs and Neil Theisen and Nick Gruber added two RBIs apiece to lead the Steves, with Trent Phelps hitting a homer.

Ben Boser, Joe Kahl and Peter Suska had two hits apiece for the Billygoats.


Freeport 11, Royalton 1

Freeport continued to roll with a convincing 11-1 victory over Royalton, led by Lincoln Haugen with two hits, two RBIs and three runs.

Nate Winter held the Riverdogs to two hits over six innings to earn the win.

Ryan Snyder singled and drew a walk for Royalton.


Opole 9, St. Wendel 5

Keaton Gustin turned a two-run deficit into a two-run advantage with a sixth-inning grand slam to spark a 9-5 win for Opole against St. Wendel.

Mark Huls also homered and Scott Biniek went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the Bears.

Lee Maciej and Andrew Bernstetter each went 3-for-5 and Bryce Feia doubled and scored twice for the Saints.


Cuyuna 7, Randall 5

Dusty Parker hit a key three-run blast to help Randall force extra innings, but Cuyuna won it there on a two-run single by Mark Hoge to escape with a 7-5 win.

Andrew Hartshorn worked all 10 innings to record the win for Cuyuna, striking out eight.

Randall held a 5-4 lead going into the ninth, but Jordan Hunstad tied the game with an RBI single.


St. Stephen 6, Holdingford 2

St. Stephen 5, Holdingford 2

St. Stephen remained within striking distance of first place in the South Division with a 6-2, 5-2 doubleheader sweep over Holdingford.

In the opener, Trent Phelps doubled, homered, drive in three runs and scored twice for St. Stephen and John Schumer picked up the complete-game win.

Nick Konz went 3-for-4 while Brent Gerads and Ron Melendez each singled twice for the Express.

In the finale, Austin Guggenberger struck out eight over six innings and Jeremy Celusta closed the door with three scoreless frames to carry the Steves.

Cody Wolhart and Alex Omann each had two hits for the Steves, with Wolhart scoring twice.

Derek Thielen drove in both of Holdingford’s runs.