By Tyler Ohmann
Wins over Royalton and Buckman have put Lastrup in the driver’s seat to take the Victory League East Division in Amateur baseball action July 16-17.
However, the Brewers, who clobbered Royalton 13-0 in seven innings, Sunday, July 17, are still alive after clubbing 29 hits in their two games.
“We’ve been hitting the ball well, and it’s good that we got out to a quick start,” said manager Steve Kimman. “It’s nice to get out to that kind of start, and we did against Buckman, but gave them back.”
The Brewers jumped on the River Dogs, scoring four in the first inning, three in the second and two in the third.
Breck Weber had three hits, and Matt Kummet was 4-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs.
Cody Meyer pitched all seven, allowing two hits. He had a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Brady Moulzolf and Ryan Snyder hit singles.
The River Dogs had only four hits all weekend, as they were also two-hit in a 10-0 loss to Lastrup, Saturday, July 16.
Moulzolf and Adam Snyder were the only hits in that loss.
For Lastrup, Scott Janson drove in four runs and Jason Sadlovsky drove in three to compliment the pitching of Brad Meyer, who went all seven, striking out six.
As for the Brewers, they fell victim to Buckman 14-8, despite an early lead.
Buckman had 18 hits, including Peter Suska’s 4-for-4 day with three runs. Ben Boser also scored three times and picked up the save on the mound.
Greg Pohlkamp and Kummet each had two RBIs in the loss.
All this action set up the winners’ match-up between Lastrup and Buckman, Sunday, July 17.
In the game the teams battled back and forth, and the game was tied entering the bottom of the ninth.
In that inning after Paul Herman advanced to third on a wild pitch, Brad Meyer smacked the game-winner, scoring Herman. Herman scored four times in the win.
Joe Kahl was 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in the loss for Buckman.
The Brewers get a chance to avenge their loss to Buckman at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23, with the winner moving on to region play, and with a chance to win the East Division title.
“We have a one game shot at making it to regions,” Kimman said. “The last couple years we have not made it past the first weekend, so it will be good to have that chance.”
Skis in control in West
Sobieski used a pair of nine-run wins to advance themselves into the region tournament and on track to win the West Division title.
First, the Skis shut down Randall 9-0, Saturday, July 16.
Andrew Lange allowed only four hits in six innings, while Thomas Miller and Jon Czech each blasted home runs for Sobieski. Beau Hanowski was 4-for-4 with two runs as well for the Skis.
Kyle Boser and Hunter Swanson had two hits each in the loss for the Cubs.
The Skis then went on to top the Upsala Blue Jays 13-4, Sunday, July 17, to secure their spot in the Region 8C tournament.
Czech again clubbed a home run, and Joey Hanowski was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Tyler Jendro provided seven strong innings of pitching to earn the win, striking out six.
Ben Burggraff hit two dingers in the losing effort for the Blue Jays.
To get to that point, the Jays had beaten down Flensburg 14-0, Saturday.
Upsala scored 11 runs in the second to tear down the Falcons.
Burggraff hit a home run, and Matt Swanson was 3-for-3 with a pair each of doubles, runs and RBIs.
Flensburg had one hit by Paul Krebs in the loss.
The Falcons were then eliminated by Randall, 8-3, Sunday.
Kyle Peterschick, Pete Herman and Ricky Drew all jacked home runs in the victory for the Cubs.
AJ Jenks hit a two-run bomb in the second for Flensburg.
Randall and Upsala will play the region play-in game, Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m., in Upsala.
Ft. Ripley falls to Nisswa
After besting them twice in the regular season, Nisswa finally repaid Ft. Ripley in the North Division playoffs, Sunday, July 17, with a 6-2 win.
Jack Hegarty hit two doubles and drove in a run in the loss for Ft. Ripley, who never really found their bats against Nisswa’s Scott Sand.
The Rebels won 10-0 over Cuyuna in eight innings, Saturday, to advance to the game.
Logan Kalis pitched all eight, striking out eight and allowing only four hits.
Brett Kramer stole three bases and scored twice to lead the Ft. Ripley offense.
The Rebels will play to get in the region tournament against Aitkin, Saturday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m.