Prairie Baseball: Psyck hits walk-off homer as Royals, USA close regular season

Royalton freshman starting pitcher Brandon Tresco turned in a great pitching performance to keep the Royals in it against visiting Browerville, Tuesday, but his two-hitter wasn’t quite enough as the Tigers held on for a 1-0 win to close the regular season.

Royalton freshman starting pitcher Brandon Tresco turned in a great pitching performance to keep the Royals in it against visiting Browerville, Tuesday, but his two-hitter wasn’t quite enough as the Tigers held on for a 1-0 win to close the regular season.

Freshman Nathan Psyck belted a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh as Royalton earned a wild 11-10 win over visiting West Central Area, May 15.

Psyck finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs while also earning the win in relief.

Junior Jordon Smieja had two hits, one of which was a grand slam, and junior Brady Moulzolf went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.

Senior Cade Stang and freshman Michael Petron added two hits apiece and sophomore Jason Fussy had one.

Psyck also homered in the following day’s game at Osakis, but the host Silverstreaks held off the Royals for a 7-4 win to remain undefeated, May 16.

Stang finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, Smieja also drove in a run and junior Kyle Billmeyer and sophomore Parker Brezinka each picked up a hit.

Brezinka allowed only two earned runs over five innings pitched.

Royalton wrapped up its season at home, Tuesday, falling 1-0 to Browerville.

Freshman Brandon Tresco logged a complete-game, tossing a two-hitter.

Stang and Psyck had the Royals’ two hits.

 

USA wins five of final six

Senior Eric Lampert and the rest of Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) slammed host St. John’s Prep 17-1, May 15.

Lampert allowed only one unearned run in a complete-game three-hitter while doubling three times, driving in five and crossing the plate three times himself.

Sophomore Justin Cichon also recorded three hits, scoring twice and knocking in two.

Junior Kyle Soltis and sophomore Andrew Kulla both collected two hits, with Soltis scoring three times and Kulla knocking in four, while junior Austin Johnson reached base three times, scored twice and drove in two and junior Tyler Evans scored twice.

The Patriots did the bulk of their damage in two big innings, scoring six times in the first and another nine in the fifth to close the game in five frames.

USA also swept a doubleheader at Eagle Valley, May 16, winning 5-3 and 11-10.

Eagle Valley cut a 4-0 deficit to one with a three-run homer in the fifth inning of the opener, but after a homer by Lampert in the top of the seventh, USA was able to hold on for the win.

Lampert finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Soltis and Johnson each went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

Cichon worked five innings to pick up the win, while Johnson tossed two scoreless frames for the save.

USA fell behind 5-0 early in the second contest, but erupted offensively for the sweep.

Lampert had another three hits, as did Soltis, while Cichon, Johnson and Kulla had two apiece.

Johnson tossed another five innings to record the win, with Evans earning the save.

USA concluded the regular season in Long Prairie, Tuesday, falling 4-2 against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) before defeating West Central Area 7-1.

Evans and Lampert each went 2-for-4 against LPGE, with Kulla driving in both of the Patriots’ runs.

Freshman Myron Ripplinger tossed a five-hitter to earn the win against West Central, striking out eight.

Lampert tallied another three hits and drove in two and Cichon had two hits and scored twice.

Soltis added two RBIs and Evans scored two runs.

 

Playoff schedule

Seventh-seeded Royalton won its first-round Section 5A playoff game over No. 10 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 9-7, Thursday, and was scheduled to travel to second-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Friday.

No. 5 USA was scheduled to play at No. 4 Kimball Area, Friday.

The winners of Friday’s games move on to this week’s double elimination portion of the bracket, starting Tuesday and continuing Wednesday and Thursday in Cold Spring.

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