USA hopes win over Royals changes fortunes

By Tyler Ohmann

Sports Editor


Upsala Swanville Area (USA) won a Prairie Conference baseball showdown with Royalton, 7-3, Tuesday.

(51417sportsUSABeseman) Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann
USA senior Levi Beseman hurls a pitch toward home plate in an 11-1 win over Ogilvie, May 5.

The game was the fourth in six days for both teams.

The Royals scored all three of their runs in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead.

USA scored three in the third to retake the lead for good.

Senior Levi Beseman went 4-for-4 and scored three runs for USA.

Travis Barthel and Eric Koetter each drove in two runs for the Patriots.

“I believe we took a big step forward today,” said USA head coach Adam Gerads. “Hopefully we can build off this win and get on a roll.”

Prior to the victory, the Patriots went 1-2 in their previous three contests.

USA lost 5-1 to Osakis,  May 4, thanks to a few mistakes on defense.

Osakis scored four runs in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, but only one was earned for starter Myron Ripplinger who pitched five innings, and allowed six hits on one run.

“This was a good baseball game, but in the end our few mistakes proved costly,” Gerads said. “Anytime you make mistakes, it decreases your chances of winning and even more so against a team like Osakis.”

Ripplinger also drove in the lone Patriots run (scored by Parker Barth) and went 3-for-4.

USA did bounce back to win 11-1 in six innings against Ogilvie, May 5.

Beseman and Jon Maciej combined to allow just three hits in six innings.

The Patriots were also bested 10-0 by Watertown-Mayer in six innings, Monday.

As for the Royals, they came into the game with USA after winning two of their past three.

Royalton beat St. John’s Prep 14-2 in six innings, May 4.

Senior Michael Petron went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBIs.

Fellow senior Caleb Smieja scored twice and drove in three runs.

Thomas Fountain, also a senior, went all six innings on the mound, scattering three hits and striking out five.

The Royals followed the win with a 14-4, five-inning loss to Sauk Centre, who is the top team in Section 6AA.

Ethan Walcheski went 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

Lastly, senior Nathan Psyck led the Royals to a 6-5 section victory over Foley, Monday.

Psyck went 3-for-3, including a three-run bomb. He also pitched final four outs to earn a save.

Royalton (8-6) hosts Browerville-Eagle Valley, Tuesday, while USA (4-5) will travel to play Osakis again, Monday.