Victory League: Sobieski, Avon clinch state berths, four teams remain alive for final two spots in regions

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Sobieski's Aaron Hennes not only breaks up a potential double play but sneaks into second base ahead of the throw in Saturday's first round of the Region 8C tournament. The Skis shut out Freeport 6-0, then topped St. Stephen 11-1 to reach the winners' bracket finals.

Sobieski’s Aaron Hennes not only breaks up a potential double play but sneaks into second base ahead of the throw to Freeport second baseman Jason Tschida in Saturday’s first round of the Region 8C tournament. The Skis shut out Freeport 6-0, then topped St. Stephen 11-1 to reach the winners’ bracket finals.

The list of adjectives available to describe Tyler Jendro’s season has nearly been exhausted.

Sobieski will settle for simply flawless.

The Skis’ ace turned in yet another shutout in the first round of the Region 8C baseball tournament over the weekend, extending his streak to 67 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run and helping Sobieski clinch a return trip to the state tournament, along with Avon.

Upsala, Lastrup, Fort Ripley and St. Stephen remained alive for the final two state tournament bids in the consolation bracket.

Results from opening round of Region 8C tournament at Pierz Legion Park, Sunday:

 

Sobieski 6, Freeport 0

Sobieski gave Jendro all the support he would need with a single run in the first inning, yet proceeded to tack on five more throughout the night in a chilly 6-0 victory to close the first round of play.

Beau Hanowski, Jon Czech, Isaac Smieja, Andrew Gurbada and Riley Hirsch all put together multi-hit games for the Skis, with Hirsch doubling, tripling and scoring twice.

 

Sobieski starting pitcher Tyler Jendro delivers a pitch to the plate during Saturday's 6-0 win over Freeport. Jendro threw a six-hit shutout to extend his streak to 67 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run this season.

Sobieski starting pitcher Tyler Jendro delivers a pitch to the plate during Saturday’s 6-0 win over Freeport. Jendro threw a six-hit shutout to extend his streak to 67 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run this season.

Avon 4, Buckman 1

Scott Litchy allowed only one run over eight innings and homered to lead Avon past Buckman 4-1.

Trailing 2-0, Buckman got on the board when Nate Neeser drove in Mark Kahl with a single in the top of the seventh, but Avon came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

 

Fort Ripley 10, Upsala 5

Brett Kramer held Upsala to one hit over seven shutout innings, helping Fort Ripley earn a 10-5 first-round win.

Kramer and Rob Veith Jr. each went 3-for-5 for the Rebels and Logan Kalis picked up a hit, two runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.

Matt Swanson reached base twice and scored a run for Upsala.

 

St. Stephen 1, Lastrup 0

John Schumer made a lone run in the eighth inning stand up in a five-hit shutout as St. Stephen edged Lastrup 1-0.

The Steves plated their only run when Travis Phelps hit a one-out single, stole second and then scored on a two-out throwing error.

Chad Weiss went the distance for Lastrup, striking out nine without issuing a walk.

Dan Saehr went 3-for-3 for the Lakers.

 

Results from second-round championship bracket games and the first round of consolation play, Sunday:

 

Sobieski 11, St. Stephen 1

Sobieski turned to draftee Kyle Peterschick in its second contest, with the Skis’ offense providing ample run support in an 11-1 victory over St. Stephen.

Peterschick limited the Steves to one run over 6 1/3 innings to record the win, with Beau Hanowski wrapping up the final five outs.

Andrew Gurbada slugged four hits and scored three times and Joey Hanowski collected three hits and three RBIs to pace Sobieski.

 

Avon 2, Fort Ripley 1

Avon tripped up Fort Ripley 2-1 to earn a return trip to state in a clash of ace pitchers.

Kyle Collins pitched a complete-game five-hitter for Avon, with Fort Ripley’s Logan Kalis holding the Lakers to two runs on four hits over seven innings.

 

Lastrup 3, Freeport 2

Lastrup kept its hopes of making a return trip to state alive by narrowly emerging with a 3-2 victory over Freeport.

Reggie Litke had a hand in all three of the Lakers’ runs, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the first, hitting a two-out RBI single in the third and scoring on a Dustin Schmaltz double in the eighth while also pitching two shutout innings to notch the save.

Scott Janson worked the opening seven frames for Lastrup, holding the Black Sox to two runs on four hits to earn the win.

 

Upsala 7, Buckman 5 (10)

In the final elimination game of the day, Upsala outlasted Buckman 7-5 in 10 innings to prolong its season, a week after surviving in 15 innings to qualify for regions.

Upsala opened up a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning on a bases-clearing double by Matt Swanson.

That lead held until the seventh, when Buckman snapped a streak of 16 batters set down in a row by Upsala starter John Fuchs, plating two runs to pull within 4-3.

The Billygoats then took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out error and a single by Travis Kahl, but Upsala forced extra innings on a sacrifice fly by Adam Gerads in the top of the ninth.

In the 10th, Brady Burggraff led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.

Buckman then issued an intentional walk and picked up the second out on a pop out, but Justin Lampert and Eric Lampert delivered back-to-back two-out, run-scoring singles to put Upsala ahead 7-5, then reliever Paul Krebs pitched a perfect bottom of the inning to preserve the win.

Brady Burggraff, Matt Swanson and Eric Lampert had two hits apiece for Upsala, with Corey Egan, Shawn Lanners and Travis Kahl each turning in multi-hit games for Buckman.

Action will continue Saturday as the Region 8C tournament transitions to Avon.

Lastrup will play versus Fort Ripley at 11 a.m. and Upsala will play versus St. Stephen at 1:30 p.m. in elimination games, with Sobieski playing against Avon at 4 p.m. in the winners’ bracket finals.

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