By PATRICK SLACK
After Sobieski scored two runs in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead, Royalton’s Zach Lanners tripled home a pair in the bottom half of the inning, leading the host Riverdogs to a 5-4 win, June 15.
Lanners finished the game with three hits and three RBIs, with Adam Snyder, Aaron Trutwin and Emil Trutwin also recording multi-hit games as Royalton handed Sobieski its first Victory League (VL) defeat of the season.
Pete Gleisner threw two shutout innings to close the game and register the win.
Tyler Jendro reached base four times and scored twice while Jon Czech homered for the Skis.
In other VL action, June 14 – 16:
Sobieski 15, Buckman 2
Sobieski wasted little time putting its first loss behind it, dropping visiting Buckman 15-2.
Jon Czech homered twice and drove in five to lead the Sobieski offense, with Beau Hanowski and Isaac Smieja also going deep.
Tyler Jendro threw five shutout innings, striking out eight to notch the win.
Brady Dorn doubled and scored a run for Buckman.
Harding 11, Royalton 0
The final game of the weekend wasn’t as kind for Royalton, as the Riverdogs were no-hit by Harding starting pitcher Joe Tuholsky as the Dinosaurs earned an 11-0 road win.
Mitch Woitalla provided Tuholsky with more than enough offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Josh Boser added two hits and three runs.
Randall 6, Harding 2
Kyle Peterschick struck out 10 in a complete-game five-hitter, leading Randall past host Harding 6-2.
Matt Otremba went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Eric Thilquist added a pair of hits for Randall.
Cody Meyer picked up two hits for Harding.
Lastrup 11, Pierz Brewers 1
The hits were even at 10 apiece, but Lastrup ended up running away from the visiting Pierz Brewers 11-1 behind a complete-game effort from Chad Weiss.
Brandon Lochner went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI and Rick Schlieman homered for Lastrup.
Eric Boser, Logan Meyer and Cody Weiss put together multi-hit games for the Brewers.
Lastrup 7, Randall 0
Lastrup finished off a dominant weekend with a 7-0 shutout at Randall, giving the Lakers sole possession of first place in the East Division.
Brandon Lochner went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs and Dustin Schmaltz drove in three for Lastrup, with Scott Janson tossing eight shutout innings for the win.
Jason Peterschick and Dusty Parker each went 3-for-4 for the Cubs.
Pierz Brewers 7, Bulldogs 3
The Pierz Brewers used a five-run seventh to rally past the Pierz Bulldogs 7-3.
Logan Meyer struck out 11 batters over eight innings of work to earn the win for the Brewers, with Dylan Kummet providing three runs and two RBIs.
Preston Loidolt picked up two hits and a run for the Bulldogs.
Buckman 7, Flensburg 6
Shawn Lanners tossed a complete-game and homered as Buckman edged past host Flensburg 7-6.
Jarrett Waldoch, Paul Krebs and Eddie Wenzel each had two hits for Flensburg, with Krebs and Wenzel stealing three bases apiece.
Upsala 10, Pierz Bulldogs 5
Matt Swanson slugged a pair of three-run homers to power Upsala to a 10-5 victory over the visiting Pierz Bulldogs.
Swanson was walked in his remaining three plate appearances, scoring three runs.
Brady Burggraff, Adam Gerads and Justin Lampert also contributed two hits apiece for the Blue Jays.
Pete Herman went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run for Pierz, with Paul Herman, Andy Leidenfrost and Ben Watercott each collecting two hits.
Nisswa 9, Freeport 3
Nisswa took its first step in taking over first place in the North Division with a 9-3 win over visiting Freeport, led by three-hit nights from Aaron Jenkins and Luke Schumer.
Chad Hess homered and scored twice for Freeport.
Nisswa 11, Holdingford 1
Nisswa closed the weekend with an 11-1 victory at Holdingford, seizing sole possession of first place in the North.
Lincoln Messner pitched six shutout innings and Drew Boland doubled twice for the Lightning.
Taylor Milbrandt doubled and scored for Holdingford.
Avon 17, Opole 2
Scott Litchy belted a first-inning grand slam to spark a 17-2 rout for Avon over visiting Opole.
Dave Kalthoff and Adam Harlander picked up three hits apiece for Avon, with Jim Muehlbauer going 3-for-4 with a double and a run for Opole.
Opole 4, St. Stephen 3
Opole bounced back with a 4-3 win over visiting St. Stephen, with Max Posch scattering 11 hits in the complete-game victory.
Nick Bialka and David Bialka each had two hits and an RBI for Opole, with Ben Omann going 3-for-4 for the Steves.
Cuyuna Range 7, St. Wendel 5
Cuyuna Range overcame a late deficit to knock off visiting St. Wendel 7-5, led by multi-hit games from John Holder, Kylan Hill and Mac Jones.
St. Stephen 8, St. Mathias 1
St. Stephen cruised to an 8-1 win at St. Mathias, led by three-hit performances from Adam Tschumperlin and Travis Phelps.
Trent Phelps and Austin Guggenberger each added two hits and combined for five RBIs, while Nick Krippner held St. Mathias to one run over five innings to earn the win on the mound.
Jake Francis and Ryan Thiesse each doubled for St. Mathias.
Freeport 5, St. Mathias 1
Troy Frieler and Eric Evaslage both homered to propel Freeport to a 5-1 victory at St. Mathias.
Matt Aberle doubled and drove in St. Mathias’ lone run.
St. Wendel 7, Avon 6
A wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth led to John Pogatchnik, who went 3-for-4, scoring the winning run as St. Wendel topped visiting Avon 7-6.
Matt Meyer went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs for Avon.
Upsala 7, Flensburg 5
A failed squeeze bunt in the seventh led to the tying run being tagged out at the plate in the seventh inning, enabling Upsala to hold off visiting Flensburg 7-5.
Joe Bartkowicz doubled and homered for the Bluejays, with John Fuchs earning the win on the mound.
Eddie Wenzel went 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs and Paul Krebs drove home two for the Falcons.