Victory League: Lastrup, Sobieski each win 5-1 to advance to round of 16 at state
By PATRICK SLACK
Lastrup 5, Jordan 1
Behind another strong outing from starting pitcher Chad Weiss, the Lastrup Lakers knocked off Jordan 5-1 in the second round of the Class C state baseball tournament at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud, Saturday morning.
Weiss threw a six-hit shutout in the Lakers’ 5-0 opening round win over Clear Lake.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Lastrup struck first in the third.
Nate Janson singled to left, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Brandon Lochner and came around to score on a booming double by Weiss.
Jordan put together a mild threat in the bottom of the inning, picking up its first hit on a two-out grounder off of Weiss’ glove, but after a passed ball moved the runner to second, Weiss recorded a strikeout to end the frame.
The Brewers again advanced a runner to second with two outs in the fourth on a bunt single and stolen base, but a groundout to short that ended with first baseman Rick Schlieman absorbing a powerful collision while still applying the tag kept Lastrup on top 1-0.
Jordan had its first hit to the outfield to open the bottom of the sixth inning, only to have him erased on a hit-and-run that turned into a fly out double play to Janson in center that he caught and threw into first to end the inning.
Still clinging to a 1-0 lead, Lastrup took advantage of a pair of throwing errors by Jordan pitchers in the seventh to provide a little more breathing room.
Jason Sadlovsky belted a double to deep left center to lead off the inning, bringing Dustin Schmaltz to the plate in a sacrifice situation.
Schmaltz laid down a bunt in front of the pitcher, who fielded the ball, looked to third, bobbled, then rushed an errant throw to first to put runners on the corner.
Jordan went to a reliever, who Scott Janson greeted with a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it 2-0.
With Lochner batting, Schmaltz stole second to reach scoring position.
Lochner hit a slow roller to the right side between the mound and first base that the pitcher fielded and attempted to flip to first on the run, but threw wildly to allow Schmaltz to score.
Lastrup added two more runs to its lead in the eighth on a two-run pinch hit single by Shawn Fischer to score Schlieman and Dan Saehr.
Jordan got two runners on base and advanced a runner to third for the first time in the eighth, but Weiss wriggled out of the jam with a called third strike on a 3-2 offering to preserve the Lakers’ 5-0 lead entering the ninth.
Lastrup was retired quickly in the top of the inning, leaving the Lakers three outs away from the round of 16.
Jordan would not go down quietly in the ninth, putting its first two runners on with a single and a hit by pitch.
On the next play, it appeared the Brewers might load the bases, as Saehr fielded a ground ball to short and flipped to second.
Second baseman Lochner fielded the throw but despite the ball coming out of his glove after a hard slide, the umpire ruled the out was recorded prior to the drop, resulting in the first out of the inning and an ejection for Jordan’s manager.
Jordan got on the board with a base hit to left from the next batter, but left the tying run in the on deck circle as Weiss induced a fly out, then snared a liner for the final out to close out the win.
Lastrup will take on Waconia, which defeated Morris 21-3 in seven innings, in the round of 16, Saturday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.
If Lastrup continues to advance, it will play in the quarterfinals at Dick Putz Field, Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1:30 p.m., in the semifinals at Dick Putz Field, Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and in the championship game at Dick Putz Field, Monday at noon.
Sobieski 5, Lake Henry 1
After receiving a bye past the first round as Region 8C champion, Sobieski turned to ace Tyler Jendro in its first action at state against Lake Henry at Joe Faber Field, Saturday night.
Jendro delivered, turning in a 15-strikeout complete-game performance as Sobieski advanced with a 5-1 win.
The domination started in the first, as six consecutive Lake Henry batters were fanned following a game-opening single.
In between, Skis third baseman Jon Czech deposited a pitch into the trees beyond the right-field wall for a two-out homer to give Sobieski a quick 1-0 advantage.
Sobieski didn’t waste any time adding on, picking up a pair of runs in the second.
Andrew Gurbada led off with a single and advanced to second on a ground out.
Josh Wenzel proceeded to knock a base hit into left that skipped under the Lake Henry outfielder’s glove to allow Gurbada to score and Wenzel to take second base.
Nate Olson singled to left to put runners on the corners, then Jake Kluver hit a liner toward first.
The Lake Henry first baseman trapped the ball and stepped on the bag with Olson midway between first and second.
Olson managed to stay in the ensuing rundown long enough to enable Wenzel to dash down the third-base line and score to make it 3-0.
Lake Henry got its only run of the game in the fourth on a two-out single up the middle, only to have its inning end as Sobieski catcher Riley Hirsch picked the runner lingering too far off of first.
The score held at 3-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when Hirsch pushed the Skis’ lead back to three with his speed.
After reaching on an infield single, Hirsch stole second, stole third and came in to score on a wild throw.
Sobieski tacked on its final run in the eighth on an RBI double by Czech to plate Jendro from second.
Lake Henry put together a final threat in the ninth, putting two runners on with one out, but Jendro prevented the tying run from stepping to the plate with a strikeout on a 3-2 offering and a groundout to first to end the game.
Sobieski will now take on Winsted at Dick Putz Field, Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
If Sobieski continues to advance, it will play in the quarterfinals at Joe Faber Field, Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m., in the semifinals at Dick Putz Field, Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and in the championship game at Dick Putz Field, Monday at noon.
Avon 11, Lamberton 2
Trailing 1-0 through five innings, Avon broke out for eight runs in the sixth en route to an 11-2 victory over Region 2 champion Lamberton, Aug. 26.
Jeff Swenson had four hits, three RBIs and three runs and Reed Voit reached base five times and knocked in three to lead Avon offensively.
Kyle Collins recorded his second win of the tournament, logging seven innings and striking out six for the Lakers.
Peter Burg finished the game with two shutout innings, fanning four.
Avon plays Cannon Falls, Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Joe Faber Field.
If Avon continues to advance, it will play in the quarterfinals at Dick Putz Field Sunday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m., in the semifinals at Dick Putz Field Sunday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. and in the championship game at Dick Putz Field, Monday at noon.
Green Isle 7, Nisswa 3
After pulling out a marathon 15-inning win in the first round, Nisswa fell 7-3 to Region 7 champion Green Isle, Aug. 26.
Aaron Jenkins went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs and Luke Schumer had two hits and an RBI for the Lightning.
Lastrup 5 7 0
Jordan 1 6 2
Lastrup—Shawn Fischer: 1-1, 2-RBI; Dustin Schmaltz: 1-2, R, SB, SAC; Chad Weiss: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; Rick Schlieman: 1-3, R, BB; Reggie Litke: 1-3, SAC; Jason Sadlovsky: 1-4, 2B, R; Nate Janson: 1-4, R; Scott Janson: 0-3, RBI, SAC; WP-Weiss: 9-IP, 1-R, 6-H, 2-BB, 9-K.
Lake Henry 1 7 3
Sobieski 5 8 1
Sobieski—Jon Czech: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2-RBI, R; Andrew Gurbada: 2-4, R; Riley Hirsch: 1-3, R, 2-SB, SAC; Josh Wenzel: 1-3, R; Nate Olson: 1-2, BB; Tyler Jendro: 1-4; WP-Jendro: 9-IP, 1-R, 7-H, 1-BB, 15-K.