Prairie Baseball: Royalton pounds Prep pitching

Royalton’s lineup came at St. John’s Prep from all angles, Tuesday, leading to a 15-5, 6-4 home sweep that vaulted the Royals into the top half of the pack in the Prairie Conference.

The offensive fireworks started with senior Cade Stang drilling four hits and driving in three runs in the first game.

Juniors Jordon Smieja and Kyle Billmeyer each went 2-for-3 with a double, with Smieja scoring three times and driving in a run, while freshman Michael Petron collected three RBIs.

Freshman Nathan Pysck allowed only two earned runs over five innings, striking out eight to pick up the win.

It was more of the same in the finale, as nine different Royals recorded hits.

Sophomore Parker Brezinka and Psyck each went 2-for-4 with a double, with Pysck driving in three runs.

Stang added a double and an RBI, with juniors Matt Fountain and Brady Moulzolf, sophomore Jason Fussy, Petron, Smieja and Billmeyer all contributing a hit.

Brezinka went the distance on the mound, tossing a four-hitter and fanning four batters.


Unbeaten LPGE sneaks past Royalton twice

Visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) snuck out a pair of close wins 6-4 and 3-1 at Royalton, May 9, to remain unbeaten on the spring.

Smieja doubled and homered to lead the Royals at the plate, with Petron also collecting a pair of hits and Moulzolf hitting a double.

Billmeyer had the lone Royalton hit in game two.


USA edged by West Central, falls to Osakis

West Central Area scored the lone run of the game in the top of the sixth inning to edge host Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) 1-0, May 9.

The Patriots had a great opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but had the tying run doubled off on a fly ball to center.

Sophomore Chase Douvier had the only USA hit and also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Freshman Myron Rippling drew a pair of walks and stole a base.

Senior Eric Lampert started and pitched four shutout innings, striking out eight.

USA played unbeaten Osakis much tighter than the first meeting of the season, but a grand slam in the fourth inning broke the game open as the host Silverstreaks won 9-2, Tuesday.

Lampert collected two hits, an RBI and a run and senior Russell Janssen singled in his only at bat.


Playoff schedule

The Sub-Section 5A West playoffs get under way this week with preliminary games Thursday, followed by the second round Friday.

Seeds have not yet been determined.