Jendro shuts down Avon Lakers to keep Skis undefeated

By Tyler Ohmann

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Tyler Jendro tossed a three-hit shutout and Scott Litchy clubbed a two-run homer as the Sobieski Skis remained undefeated with a 3-0

(52817sportsHirsch) Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann
Sobieski catcher Riley Hirsch drops down a bunt during a 3-0 win over Avon, Sunday, May 21.

win over Avon, Sunday, May 21.

“We always talk about throwing strikes and playing defense. That’s the key for our team, and it always has been,” said Skis manager Brad Czech. “We did a good job of that today.”

The game between the Skis and Lakers was one of two Victory League games that weren’t postponed due to poor field conditions and rain showers.

“Thankfully the field takes a lot of water, and we were lucky enough to get it in,” Jendro said.

Litchy’s home run came in the first innings, so Sobieski led the entire game.

Litchy also scored the third run on a Dan Marod groundout in the third innings.

Sobieski had only five hits in the game.

“Their pitchers did a nice job challenging us and kept us off balance with some offspeed,” Czech said. “But we’ll find a way to score enough runs, and we did that today.”

“Avon is a very good team, and we know they’ll be around at the end of the year,” Czech added.

Jendro struck out 10 in his first complete game of the year.

“I was finally able to keep it down in the zone, I had been up in the zone earlier in the year,” Jendro said. “I made a couple of adjustments this week, and it ended up paying off.”

Austin Weisz, Riley Hirsch and Jake Kapphahn had the other hits for Sobieski.

“They are almost always in regions, so it was good to come out on top,” Jendro said.

The win pushed the Skis to 5-0 on the year, and in a tie with Upsala for tops in the division.

“Our division is going to be very good as the summer rolls along,” Czech said. “It is shaping up to be a heck of a race in the Victory League West, and we’re looking forward to it.”

The Blue Jays were involved in the only other game played Sunday, May 21.

Upsala won 12-0 in seven innings against Flensburg to keep pace with the Skis.

The game was supposed to be played in Flensburg, but the field wasn’t playable, so the teams played in Upsala, and started at 3 p.m.

Matt Swanson started for the Jays and earned the win with four innings, allowed just one hit and struck out five.

Brock Cichon led Upsala on offense going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs and an RBI.

Brady Burggraff was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI for the Jays in the win, and Brandon Welinski and Eric Lampert both went deep.

Josh Genske led Flensburg with a pair of hits, and also took the loss on the hill.

The Falcons dropped to 0-5 after losing.

Several area Victory League games are scheduled for Sunday, May 29 at 1:30 p.m.: Nisswa at Pierz Brwers, Buckman at Aitkin, Ft. Ripley at Cuyuna, St. Stephen at Flensburg, St. Wendel at Sobieski, Opole at Swanville, Randall at Upsala. St. Mathias plays at Pierz Bulldogs at 4 p.m., and Royalton at Lastrup (in Pierz) at 7:30 p.m.

As is typical with the Victory League, the area’s teams will also play games on Memorial day, Monday, May 29.

Those games played at 1:30 p.m., include: Pierz Bulldogs at Buckman, Cuyuna at Pierz Brewers, St. Mathias at Royalton, Ft. Ripley at Aitkin, Lastrup at Nisswa, Upsala at St. Wendel, Flensburg at Randall and Sobieski at Swanville.