Victory League: Fuchs homers twice, drives in nine as Upsala rolls

Sports Editor

John Fuchs was a one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-5 with two homers and nine RBIs at the plate while holding Royalton to one run over six innings pitched, as Upsala blasted host Royalton 17-3, June 1.

Fuchs received plenty of help, as the Blue Jays slammed out 20 hits in the contest.

Ben Burggraff and Brady Burggraff each added three hits, with Joe Bartkowicz, Justin Lampert and Dustin Biniek collecting two apiece.

In other Victory League action, May 31 – June 2:


Randall 5, Royalton 3

Randall scored three runs in the top of the eighth to force extra innings, then struck twice in the 11th to upend host Royalton 5-3.

Kyle Boser and Matt Otremba each produced run-scoring hits in the 11th, while Ricky Drew worked five innings of no-hit relief to notch the win for the Cubs.

Zach Lanners doubled and knocked in two runs for Royalton.

Buckman 12, Pierz Brewers 2

Ben Boser and Corey Egan each raked four hits as Buckman defeated the host Pierz Brewers 12-2.

Mark Kahl went 2-for-5 with a double and picked up the win on the mound and Jeremy Monson drove in three runs.

Mike Pohlkamp went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Pierz.


Buckman 6, Pierz Brewers 1

Buckman finished a weekend sweep of its Pierz opponents, knocking off the host Pierz Bulldogs 6-1.

Shawn Lanners and Travis Kahl each went 2-for-4, with Jeremy Monson giving up just one hit over six scoreless innings to notch the win.

Pete Herman and John Hanson had multi-hit games for Pierz.


Upsala 10, Pierz Brewers 0

Upsala completed its weekend of offensive fireworks with a 10-0 shutout over the visiting Pierz Brewers.

Brandon Welinski went 3-for-4 and scored twice, while Brady Burggraff, Adam Gerads and Matt Swanson each drove in multiple runs for Upsala.

Swanson allowed only two hits in seven shutout innings to record the win.


Harding 2, Flensburg 0

Harding slipped by visiting Flensburg 2-0 in a pitchers’ duel, with Mitch Dorn tossing a four-hitter for the Dinosaurs.

Matt Woitalla and Josh Boser knocked in Harding’s two runs.


Fort Ripley 9, St. Wendel 1

Bill Sather tossed six shutout innings as Fort Ripley took advantage of six errors in a 9-1 victory over visiting St. Wendel.

Jason Sather went 3-for-4 with a run for Fort Ripley, with Bryce Feia collecting three hits for St. Wendel.


Freeport 7, Fort Ripley 3

After falling behind 7-0 early, Fort Ripley brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but left him there in a 7-3 defeat at Freeport.

Ethan Branum went 2-for-3 with a double for Fort Ripley.


Freeport 13, Avon 6

Freeport broke open a 4-4 seventh-inning tie with nine runs in its final three at bats, closing the weekend with a 13-6 victory at Avon.

Troy Frieler went 5-for-5 with three runs to spark the Black Sox offense, with Ryan Tschida, Carter Sawyer and Eric Evaslage adding three hits apiece.

Taylor Holthaus went 2-for-5 with two RBIs for Avon.


Cuyuna 11, Holdingford 1

Jaron Brezinsky went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and struck out 11 batters in seven innings pitched as Cuyuna Range routed visiting Holdingford 11-1.


Cuyuna 5, Freeport 2

Beau Janousek had two hits and scored twice and Kylan Hill homered as Cuyuna Range won 5-2 at Freeport.


Opole 11, St. Mathias 2

Max Posch homered and earned the win on the mound as Opole cruised past host St. Mathias 11-2.

Tim Huls added three hits and four RBIs for the Bears, while Blake Thiesse recorded four hits for St. Mathias.