By Tyler Ohmann
The Pierz Brewers moved into sole possession of first place in the Victory League East Division when they held on for a 7-5 win over
Royalton, Sunday, May 7.
Jeremy Payne went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs to pace the Brewers offense into an early lead.
“We got off to a good start, and we hit the ball,” said Brewers manager Steve Kimman.
After getting into some trouble in the seventh inning, Mike Poser came in and pitched the final eight outs of the game to earn a save.
“It was tight, and they are a pretty good hitting team,” Kimman said. “Poser came in and got a double play with the bases loaded in the eighth, and we got out, which was huge.”
It was good too, as Cole Jendro looked impressive on the mound for the Riverdogs, striking out five in two innings on the mound.
Dylan Kummet added two runs and a double for the Brewers. Parker Brezinka, a Royalton High School graduate, started for the Brewers, and pitched the first four innings.
Nate Benusa led the Riverdogs with a 2-for-4 day with two RBIs.
“We’re very happy to start 2-0,” Kimman said. “We have several new guys, so we’re trying to get all the pieces together, and finding out where everything fits.”
The Brewers are alone in first place thanks to St. Mathias, who scored two runs in the ninth inning to earn a 3-2 victory over Buckman, Sunday, May 7.
Buckman led 2-1 entering the top of the ninth, but the Devils managed to plate two runs on some good base running and a couple of mistakes by the Billygoats.
Cody Meyer, who went the distance for St. Mathias, struck out the final two Buckman batters to strand the tying run at third place.
Meyer finished with nine strikeouts and allowed two runs and nine hits.
Joe Kahl led the Billygoats with a 2-for-4 day and two RBIs.
Upsala remained undefeated at 3-0 with a non-division victory over Opole, Sunday.
The Blue Jays toppled the Bears 7-1 thanks to five RBIs by pitcher Matt Swanson.
Swanson had a two-run single and smashed a three-run homer. He also tossed five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out eight.
Sobieski, too, is undefeated in the West, after winning in seven, 16-1, over Swanville, Sunday.
Tyler Jendro went six innings and struck out 11. He also scored three runs on offense.
His one blemish was a solo home run by the Swans’ Ben Schultz in the second inning.
Dan Marod had a big game with a 3-for-3 day, three runs and four RBIs for the Skis.
Collin Eckman, back after the college season, scored three times.
Ft. Ripley remained undefeated and atop the Victory League North with a 5-0 shutout of the Pierz Bulldogs, Sunday.
Brett Kramer smashed a two-run home run and three Rebels combined to earn a one-hit shutout of the Bulldogs.
Teddy Dehler had the lone Bulldogs hit.
Randall earned its first win of the year by blowing out Flensburg, 17-0, in seven innings.
Dusty Parker was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and reached base all six times.
The Falcons had just two hits, as Brett Strack earned the win on the mound for the Cubs.
Lastly, Latrup hung on to defeat Aitkin, 6-5, to avoid losing two straight.
The Lakers scored twice in the ninth inning to take the lead.
Aitkin loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Lastrup got the Steam to roll into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
The Victory League schedule for Sunday, May 14 (1:30 p.m.): Royalton at Buckman, Pierz Bulldogs at Pierz Brewers, Nisswa at St. Mathias, Flensburg at Opole, Sobieski at St. Stephen, Randall at Swanville, Freeport at Upsala and Ft. Ripley at Lastrup (4 p.m.).