By Tyler Ohmann
The Upsala Blue Jays welcomed the Swanville Swans to Victory League amateur baseball by posting a 20-0 victory on opening day,
Sunday, April 23 in Swanville.
The Swans joined the Victory League after Holdingford took a one-year leave absence.
It did not take long for the Blue Jays to show their preparation would pay off as they scored five times in the top of the first inning, three more in the third and 10 in a giant fourth inning.
That inning included a three-run bomb by catcher Ben Burggraff, who also scored three times.
Adam Gerads was also strong offensively for the Jays, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs.
“We started early in the cage, we got outside as soon as we could, so we were ready for today,” said Upsala manager BJ Lange.
Four Blue Jays pitchers (John Fuchs, Eric Lampert, Paul Krebs and Matt Swanson) combined to allow only two hits and strike out 10 for Upsala.
“We had a lot of good at-bats, and defensively we’re good,” Lange said. “Overall, it was a good start.”
The two hits for the Swans came from Austin Johnson and Derek Pfeiffer.
In other Victory League
West action, the Sobieski Skis used a big day from Tyler Jendro to scoot past the Randall Cubs, 7-3.
Normally it would be Jendro’s arm that would make news, but his bat did the talking in the opener, Sunday, April 23.
Jendro went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.
He also earned the win on the mound by pitching six innings.
Joey Hanowski added a 2-for-5 day with a double and three RBIs as well for Sobieski.
Randall was led by a fourth inning, two-run homer from Derek Poser. Dusty Parker drove in the other Cubs run.
The final opener for Morrison County teams was Flensburg falling 15-3 against St. Wendel.
The Falcons rapped 12 hits, but could not get enough timely hits.
Braden Backowski had two hits and drew a walk, while Andy Marod had a single and a double for Flensburg.
Elsewhere in the Victory League, St. Stephen took care of Opole 14-4.
The East and North teams will open their season’s Sunday, April 30.
The schedule for Sunday includes the following games that all beg at 1:30 p.m.: Buckman at Pierz Bulldogs, St. Mathias at Aitkin, Royalton at Cuyuna, Ft. Ripley at Nisswa, Upsala at Avon, Sobieski at Freeport, Opole at Randall, Flensburg at Swanville and the Pierz Brewers at the Lastrup Lakers (4 p.m.).