Area Baseball: Pierz rolls in opener, Little Falls notches first win

Royalton freshman Parker Brezinka, left, takes a throw from the outfield a fraction of a second late as Pillager junior Brian Mason slides in safely in Tuesday’s game.
Royalton freshman Parker Brezinka, left, takes a throw from the outfield a fraction of a second late as Pillager junior Brian Mason slides in safely in Tuesday’s game.

Junior Cody Meyer threw six shutout innings and senior Mac Gruber homered as Pierz easily dispatched visiting Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) 9-1 in Monday’s season opener.

Gruber’s home run came leading off the bottom of the first and the Pioneers rolled from there, clubbing nine hits.

Sophomore Noah Boser and freshman Lane Girtz each had two of them, with sophomore Aaron Weber going 1-for-3 with two runs.

Meyer only allowed two hits over his six innings of work, striking out eight without issuing a walk.

“I was very pleased how we played our first game,” Pierz head coach Dan Saehr said. “Pitchers threw strikes and our defense made some plays.”


Boser, Hallberg guide LF to first win over Albany

Junior Adam Hallberg slugged a go-ahead two-run triple in the fourth inning to lead Little Falls past host Albany 4-2, Tuesday.

Trailing 2-1 after three innings, junior Bryce Zawatzke drew a walk and senior Michael Fregin singled to open the top of the fourth.

After a fly out to center, Hallberg came through with what proved to be the game-winning hit, then came in to score on a base hit by junior Thomas Bell.

The Flyers’ other run came right away in the first inning, as sophomore Thomas Miller led off the contest with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Alec Zack.

Senior Kyle Boser earned the win on the mound, limiting the Huskies to two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out six.

Senior Nicholas Anderson pitched two scoreless frames to record the save.


Hit batter in seventh forces in winning Huskers run

Senior Jordan Gombos got plunked by a pitch to force in the winning run and give Holdingford a 4-3 victory over Eden Valley-Watkins, Tuesday.

Holdingford held a 3-0 lead through six innings, until the Eagles finally found some life offensively in the top of the seventh, tying the contest with three runs.

But Eden Valley-Watkins would pay for leaving the bases loaded, as the Huskers quickly loaded the bases with one out, winning it when Gombos was hit by a pitch to score senior Jeremy Springer from third base.

Springer went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run, senior Chris Burg reached base three times and junior Austin Gerads drove in two runs for the Huskers.

Gerads also got the final out in the top of the seventh to strand the bases full of Eagles and register the win.


Browerville capitalizes on late Patriots miscue

Browerville survived a double play attempt that nearly ended the game in the seventh inning, then pushed across the game-winner in the eighth to clip host Upsala-Swanville Area 7-6, Monday.

Browerville took a 2-0 lead early, then the Patriots tied it up in the fourth on a base hit by senior Dylan Zimmerman and a wild pitch.

Browerville regained a two-run edge in the top of the fifth, but the Patriots pushed four runs across in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded walk by junior Kyle Soltis, followed by a bases-clearing triple by junior Austin Johnson.

Browerville managed to tie things up in the top of the seventh, however, as a near game-ending double play was thwarted when the ball popped out of the glove at first base.

“We have a young team, and with the lack of practices outside, it has showed early in the year with all of the mental mistakes we have had,” Upsala-Swanville Area head coach Adam Gerads said.

Senior Eric Lampert started for the Patriots, allowing only one earned run over four innings, striking out five.

Lampert also reached base three times and scored twice, freshman Myron Ripplinger collected a pair of hits and junior Tyler Evans scored two runs.

Things wouldn’t get much better the following day, Tuesday, as defending state runner-up Osakis ran its record to 5-0 with an 18-0 victory over host Upsala-Swanville in five innings.

Sophomore Justin Cichon collected the Patriots’ lone hit.


EVW, Pillager get to Royals pitching

Junior Brady Moulzolf doubled twice and freshman Nathan Psyck added two hits and two RBIs, but visiting Eden Valley-Watkins (EVW) came out on top 13-5, Monday.

Senior Cade Stang added two runs and an RBI and junior Jordon Smieja also had a hit.

Pillager’s bats were explosive in a 20-3 victory over host Royalton in five innings, Tuesday.

Pysck went 2-for-3 and Stang singled, walked twice and drove in a run for the Royals.