By Tyler Ohmann
Sobieski and Upsala remain deadlocked atop the Victory League West Division standings as both teams earned victories recently.
The Skis won two games via blowout.
The first was when Sobieski clobbered Opole 14-2 in seven innings, Saturday, May 13.
Beau Hanowski led the Skis effort with a 3-for-4 day with three runs and three RBIs.
Sobieski followed that victory with another big win, 17-7 over St. Stephen in eight innings, Sunday, May 14.
Austin Weisz, Thomas Miller and Scott Litchy all homered in the victory. Litchy scored four times and drove in five more runs in the win.
Upsala kept pace with the Skis by taking care of business against Freeport, beating the Sox, 8-2, Sunday, May 14.
Paul Krebs smashed a pair of doubles, driving in two runs and scoring two more to lead the Jays.
Eric Lampert earned the win on the hill by striking out 11 in 6 1/3 strong innings.
Randall earned its second win in West Division action against Swanville. The Cubs beat the Swans, 12-1.
Kyle Peterschick, Alec Zack, Matt Otremba and Ricky Drew all had multi-hit games to propel the Randall offense.
Jordan Sales led the Swans by ripping three hits and driving in the lone Swanville run.
Lastly, Opole topped former West foe Flensburg, 5-3, Sunday, May 14.
The Bears scored four runs in the second to take the lead for good.
Andy Marod was a bright spot for the Falcons, as he hit a double and a triple, scored twice and drove in a run.
Ike Thoma pitched all eight innings for the Falcons, striking out six. He also had two RBIs.
Brewers remain on top of
A 3-2 win over the division and town rival Pierz Bulldogs, Sunday, May 14, kept the Pierz Brewers on top of the Victory League East Division standings.
The contest was close throughout, and the Bulldogs, who trailed the whole game, but came close to scoring in the seventh, but veteran Mike Poser came in and shut down the threat.
Poser then pitched strong eighth and ninth to earn a save.
Jeremy Payne drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the fourth, the third Brewers run of the inning.
The Bulldogs were led by David Skiba, who pitched all eight innings, allowing six hits, three runs and striking out five. He also had three of the Bulldogs’ six hits.
Buckman bounced back after being upset a week ago by winning 10-0 over division rival Royalton in seven innings, Sunday, May 14.
Noah Boser was 3-for-3 with a double, a run and three RBIs.
Cole Jendro led the Riverdogs with a pair of hits.
Lastrup dropped its second game of the season, falling 8-1 to North Division-leading Ft. Ripley, Sunday, May 14.
Jack Hegarty led the way for the Rebels, ripping two hits, scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Rick Schlieman drove in Brad Meyer for the lone Lastrup score.
Nisswa took care of business over St. Mathias in North Division action Sunday, May 14.
The Lightning jumped all over the Devils, winning 18-1 in seven innings.
Matt Woitalla was the lone bright spot for the Devils, going 2-for-3 with a double and the lone run scored for St. Mathias.
The schedule for Sunday, May 21 is as follows, at 1:30 p.m.: Buckman at Ft. Ripley, Pierz Brewers at St. Mathias, Swanville at St. Stephen, Upsala at Flensburg, Freeport at Randall and Avon at Sobieski; at 4 p.m., Cuyuna plays at Lastrup (Pierz Legion Park) and Royalton plays at Pierz Bulldogs at 6:45 p.m.