By Tyler Ohmann
An Austin Johnson two-RBI single earned the Upsala Swanville Area (USA) Patriots their fifth straight victory to start the season, April 17, over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) Thunder.
The Patriots senior ripped the first pitch he saw to score Justin Cichon and fellow senior Tyler Evans to make it a 3-1 lead, which is the way it would end.
Evans was stellar on the mound, striking out nine in a complete game. He allowed one run in the fourth inning, but that was it.
Cichon was 3-for-3 and drove in the first run for the Patriots in the third inning on a single that scored senior Jordan Sales.
“This was a classic pitcher’s duel, neither pitcher ran into much trouble, and when they did they were able to pitch out of it for the most part,” said USA head coach Adam Gerads. “We were able to put together those three good at bats in the sixth, which ended up being the difference in the game.”
Sales, Evans and Johnson had the other three hits for the Patriots, who had but six on the day.
The Patriots improved to 5-0 with the win, and 3-0 in the Prairie Conference. It was the first conference loss for LPGE and the second loss for them overall.
“This was a huge win for us to go on the road and beat a team of that caliber,” Gerads said. “We still have a lot of things to work on, but every game we see in improvement in all areas, which is what you want to see.”
The Patriots were scheduled to play a home game against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to weather.
USA also played at Pillager, Thursday and in St. Cloud against Osakis, Friday, but results were unavailable by press time.
Next up for the Patriots will be a home game against Pequot Lakes, Monday.
Browerville hands Royals second conference loss
The Royalton bats could not do quite enough to overcome a deficit against Browerville, April 17, which led to an 8-5 defeat.
Sophomore Nathan Psyck went five innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. He struck out and walked five batters.
Brandon Tresco pitched an inning of relief and allowed one hit and no runs.
Brady Moulzolf led the charge from the plate with a 2-for-4 day with a pair of RBI, but it was not enough.
Jordon Smieja also had a pair of RBI and Austin Zapzalka scored a run in the losing effort.
Royalton dropped to 2-3 with the loss.
The Royals were scheduled to play at LPGE, Tuesday, but the game was postponed, and rescheduled for May 19.
Royalton also played a rescheduled game against Osakis, Thusday and a game at St. John’s Prep, Friday, but results were unavailable by press time.
A match-up with Kimball, Tuesday, will be the next game for Royalton.