By Tyler Ohmann
A 10-0 win over Flensburg in seven innings helped the Sobieski amateur baseball team stay on pace with Upsala with a chance to still take the West Division Victory league crown.
In the contest, Skis pitchers Andrew Lange and Tyler Jendro allowed only three hits, and the offense clubbed eight hits to lead to the victory.
“We played well in all phases today,” said Skis manager Brad Czech. “We pitched well, played defense and had some timely hitting.”
“We’ve hit the ball really hard this year, and it’s coming at the right time, and that’s what we want heading into the playoffs,” Czech said.
Thomas Miller hit a walk-off home run to end the game in seven innings.
Jon Czech had two RBIs on two singles for the Skis as the designated hitter.
Tony Arnold, Nate Masog and Braden Backowski had the three Falcons hits.
The 10-2 Skis hope to ride the momentum of their 10 wins in the last 11 games into playoff success.
“We hope to hit our stride at the right time, and that’s the key to baseball,” Czech said. “We like the way we’re playing, and we hope we hit our peak at the right time.”
Ft. Ripley earns North title
Ft. Ripley won twice, including a big 3-2 win over Nisswa, July 1, to earn the Victory League North Division title.
The win over Nisswa was only Nisswa’s second loss of the year, and clinched the title.
In the game, Jack Hegarty hit a leadoff home run, but fell behind 2-1.
After tying the game, Ray Austin drove in the game winning run scored by Brett Kramer in the eighth inning.
Hagerty also pitched four innings of strong relief after Ethan Branum struck out eight in five innings to start.
The Rebels then closed out their regular season with a 16-1 win in seven innings over the Aitkin Steam, Sunday, July 3.
Nick Jelacie scored four runs, including a home run, to lead the Rebels offensively. Rhett Williamson also scored four times.
Lastrup clinches East
Lastrup scored eight runs in the ninth to beat the Pierz Bulldogs 19-2 to clinch an East Division title in Victory League action, July 1.
Chad Weiss earned the win on the hill, but it was the offense that exploded for the Lakers and drove them to 11-1 on the year.
Paul Herman clubbed six hits himself, and Jason Sadlovsky drove in five in the victory.
Logan Meyer hit an RBI single in the eighth to force a ninth inning for the Bulldogs, 1-11.
The Bulldogs need to win over Royalton to force a tiebreaker game against them in order to make the playoffs.
Upsala sticks with Skis
An 8-0 shutout of Opole ended the Bears chances of the playoffs, and kept the Blue Jays in a tie at 10-2 with the Skis, Saturday, July 2.
Matt Swanson tossed a gem, going eight innings, striking out 10 and allowing only one hit.
Adam Gerads drove in three runs to lead the Jays’ offense.
Eric and Justin Lampert each scored twice for Upsala.
Lastly, in North Division action, Nisswa topped St. Mathias 14-5.
St. Mathias was led by David Skiba, Ted Dehler and Matt Tautges, who each had two hits, but gave up four home runs to the Lightning and fell to 3-10.
The Devils will play against Cuyuna in a play-in game for the final playoff spot, Sunday, July 10.
Saturday, July 9 (1:30 p.m.):
Buckman at Brewers
Bulldogs at Royalton
Opole at Flensburg
Randall at Upsala
Sobieski at Lastrup (in Pierz, 4 p.m.)
Sunday, July 10 (1:30 p.m.):
St. Mathias at Cuyuna