By PATRICK SLACK
Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) jumped on host Royalton for four first-inning runs in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Junior Eric Lampert did the rest, striking out 14 batters without issuing a walk, sparking an 8-1, 6-2 sweep for the Patriots.
Seniors Andy Nelson and Nick Frieler each collected a pair of hits and drove in two runs in the opener for USA, with Pekarek recording two hits, two runs and two stolen bases.
Senior Matt Silbernick went 2-for-3 and sophomore Jordon Smieja drove in a run for Royalton.
USA remained in control in the finale, utilizing the senior duo of Colten Kruzel and Brock Cichon on the mound for the win, with Cichon also picking up two hits and an RBI.
Junior Cade Stang doubled and reached base twice for the Royals.
“This was the first time Colten threw since his freshman year and I was happy with what I saw,” USA head coach Adam Gerads said. “Brock has been battling some arm issues so it was good to see him get back on the mound.
“I liked what I saw today,” he said. “We took some good strides to where we want to be. We still need to keep improving in all areas to be the best team we can be.”
Patriots bury Melrose
with patient approach
USA took advantage of 15 walks and five hit batters, along with 11 hits, to steamroll host Melrose Area 16-1, Monday.
Seniors Tren Dinius, Eric Frieler and Colten Kruzel and Pekarek collected two hits apiece for the Patriots, with Dinius and Frieler each scoring twice and Kruzel and Pekarek knocking in two runs.
Senior Alec Griffith held the Dutchmen to one hit over three innings to earn the win.
USA salvages split with Eagle
Valley after four-error sixth
Four errors in the bottom of the sixth helped the Rebels rally past visiting USA 5-4 in game one, May 2, before the Patriots came back to take game two 9-1 and salvage a doubleheader split.
Ahead 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, USA committed four errors to lead to five unearned runs for Eagle Valley, spoiling Nick Frieler’s shutout bid.
Lampert went 3-for-4 for USA in game one, while sophomore Tyler Evans drove in two runs and pitched three scoreless innings in the finale.
Eighth-grader Psyck pitches
Royals past Onamia
Eighth-grader Nathan Psyck held Onamia without an earned run, striking out seven to lead Royalton past visiting Onamia 5-1, Monday.
Sophomore Matt Fountain singled and scored two runs for the Royals, senior Brad Woidyla and Silbernick doubled and sophomore Brady Moulzolf and eighth-grader Michael Petron both picked up an RBI.
Riedel fans 18 as Eagle
Valley upends Royalton
Eagle Valley senior starting pitcher Logan Riedel struck out 18 batters to lead the Rebels past host Royalton 9-3, May 3.