By PATRICK SLACK
Sobieski 4, Royalton 0
Tyler Jendro threw a three-hit shutout as defending Region 8C champion Sobieski locked up the Victory League (VL) West Division title with a 4-0 win over Royalton, Sunday.
Jendro helped his own cause at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Seven other Skis batters collected hits, including Riley Hirsch, Isaac Smieja, Andrew Gurbada, Nate Olson, Joe Rydeen, Andrew Lange and Aaron Hennes, with Olson and Lange each knocking in a run and scoring once.
Steve Hoff, Ryan Snyder and Hunter Young picked up the Riverdogs’ three hits.
Royalton will host Flensburg, Saturday, in the West play-in game.
The winner will play at Randall, Sunday.
In other VL action from the weekend:
Upsala 9, Randall 3
Upsala secured a first-round bye in the West Division playoffs with a key 9-3 victory over Randall.
Matt Swanson supplied the big jolt for the Blue Jays in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam as Upsala scored the game’s final seven runs to erase a 3-2 deficit and earn the win.
He also had a pair of doubles and finished with six RBIs.
Justin Lampert and Joe Bartkowicz also went 3-for-5 for Upsala, while Brady Burggraff reached base twice and scored two runs.
Joe Tuholsky, Chad Stadum and Kyle Peterschick all had two hits for the Cubs, with Jason Peterschick and Nick Prozinski knocking in runs for Randall.
Randall will be the fourth seed in the West and host the winner between Royalton and Flensburg, Sunday.
Lastrup 11, Pierz Brewers 0
Rick Schlieman homered and drove in three runs and Chad Weiss pitched seven shutout frames as Lastrup blanked the Pierz Brewers 11-0 to remain unbeaten in VL play.
Nathan Janson, Reggie Litke and Weiss also had multi-hit games for the Lakers and Cody Weiss drove in two runs.
Mike Poser doubled and Mike Weber and Eric Boser singled for Pierz.
Pierz Bulldogs 6, Harding 5
Jeff Riley hit a pair of homers, including a tie-breaking shot in the eighth to lift the Pierz Bulldogs to a 6-5 win over Harding.
With Pierz on top 5-3 in the top of the eighth inning, Harding’s Gary Woitalla hit a two-run blast to tie the score at 5-5, before Riley’s second homer of the game in the bottom of the inning.
Andy Leidenfrost worked eight innings to earn the win for Pierz, with Pete Herman working a scoreless ninth for the save.
Woitalla and Brad Meyer had two hits apiece for Harding.
Nisswa 5, Fort Ripley 0
Nisswa 11, Cuyuna Range 1
Nisswa 14, Flensburg 0
Defending state entrant Nisswa swept through the weekend by outscoring its three opponents 30-1 to clinch the top seed in the North Division and guarantee a berth in the Region 8C playoffs.
Randall 11, Flensburg 3
Kyle Peterschick collected two hits and Ricky Drew doubled and drove in three runs to lead Randall to an 11-3 win over Flensburg.
Eli Ploof went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Luke Thoma singled and tripled and Bryan Majerus allowed only one run in six innings of relief for Flensburg.
Avon 4, St. Wendel 1
Avon rode a strong outing from Kyle Collins to a 4-1 win over St. Wendel and with it a repeat South Division regular season title.
Collins fanned 11 batters while holding the Saints to four hits.
Taylor Holthaus hit a two-run homer in the first inning that proved to be all Avon would need offensively.
Luke Manthe and Matt Meyer each added a pair of hits.
Damien Dumonceaux hit a solo shot for St. Wendel’s lone run.
Freeport 17, Upsala 7
Grant Hess homered and Troy Frieler knocked in four runs as Freeport emerged on top against Upsala in a 17-7 slugfest.
John Fuchs, Brock Cichon and Matt Swanson picked up two hits apiece for Upsala, with Fuchs driving in two runs and Cichon scoring three times.
Joe Bartkowicz and Ben Burggraff each contributed two RBIs as well.
Fort Ripley 3, St. Mathias 2
Fort Ripley clipped St. Mathias 3-2 to secure the second seed in the North playoffs.
Logan Kalis went 3-for-4 and Rhett Williamson had two hits and two RBIs for the Rebels at the plate.
Ethan Branum worked the first five innings to pick up the win, with Brett Kramer finishing the final four to record the save.
Jake Francis singled and doubled for St. Mathias.
St. Stephen 12, Harding 2
Ben Anderson and Travis Phelps each had three hits and teamed up to drive in five runs to power St. Stephen to a 12-2 victory over Harding.
Anderson also homered and John Schumer worked seven strong innings for the win.
Chad Herman and Josh Boser each had two hits for Harding.
Opole 7, Holdingford 3
Opole plated four runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 3-3 deadlock and take down Holdingford 7-3.
Jim Muehlbauer doubled and drove in a run while Max Posch earned the win in relief for Opole.
Travis Thielen went 3-for-3 with a double and a run for the Express.