By Tyler Ohmann
Buckman put on a fireworks show in a 24-6 victory over the previously undefeated Pierz Brewers, Sunday, June 4.
The Billygoats hit four home runs, taking advantage of win blowing out to right field.
Three of those home runs came in a 12-run third inning in which Buckman had 11 straight hits at one point.
“The kids are hitting real well and hitting for power, and that’s nice to see,” said Buckman manager Pat Oldakowski. “We’ve been kind of waiting for them to explode, and they sure did today.”
In that third inning, Noah Boser hit two dingers and drove in six of the 12 Buckman runs.
Matt Kummet was the first to clear the fence in left field.
Joe Kahl also homered in a seven-run sixth inning for Buckman that sealed up an early victory.
Aaron Weber played shortstop for the Billygoats and was 4-for-4, scoring four times and driving in three runs.
“We knew this was a big game coming in against the Brewers who were undefeated,” Oldakowski said. “I think everyone was ready to go today.”
One highlight for the Brewers was Cody Kimman making his Victory League pitching debut in the sixth inning, and his dad, Brewers manger Steve Kimman, came to catch for him. Cody allowed one run on one hit in one inning of work.
At 4-1, Buckman is still a .5 game back of the 5-1 Brewers.
The Billygoats are tied with 5-2 Lastrup, who swept East Division rival, the Pierz Bulldogs in a doubleheader, Sunday, June 4.
Lastrup made quick work of the Bulldogs in game one, winning 22-1 in seven innings.
The Lakers took advantage of 15 free passes from the Bulldogs and six Pierz errors.
Peter Herman scored four times, while Nate Janson was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs for Lastrup.
Ryan Foreman led Pierz with two-hit, two RBI day.
Game two went nine innings, but the Bulldogs weren’t much closer to winning, falling 8-1 to the Lakers.
Brad Meyer tossed a complete game for Lastrup, allowing one run on four hits. He also ripped three hits, scored and drove in a run.
Chad Weiss led the Lastrup offense with three hits and three runs scored.
Brandon Dickman drove in the lone Bulldogs run.
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Randall received a forfeit for the game the Cubs didn’t play against Flensburg, May 28.
The Cubs also won an actual game, a 14-2 victory in seven innings over new division rival Swanville, Sunday, June 4.
Dusty Parker clubbed a home run and Matt Otremba went 3-for-4 to lead Randall.
Brett Strack was the winning pitcher for the Cubs.
Zach Gutormson and Ben Schultz both had a pair of hits in the loss for the Swans.
Randall improved to 4-4 with the win, while the Swans dropped to 1-6.
Lastly in the West, Flensburg was taken down 23-13 by Freeport in a walk-filled contest, Sunday, June 4.
The Falcons brought the game to its closest point in the sixth inning, trailing 15-13, but eventually the Black Sox pulled away.
Adam Hallberg led the Falcons with three hits, a double and two RBI. Andy Marod scored three hits in the loss for Flensburg, who dropped to 0-8.
In the North Ft. Ripley was off, and St. Mathias was beaten down, 20-0 in seven innings, by Nisswa.
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The Devils had only two hits by Evan Woitalla and Josh Boser and dropped to 2-4.
The area Victory League schedule for Sunday, June 11 is as follows: At 1:30 p.m.: Pierz Bulldogs at Royalton, Buckman at Cuyuna, Pierz Brewers at Ft. Ripley, Lastrup at St. Mathias, Flensburg at Avon, Swanville at Freeport, Upsala at Sobieski and Pierz Brewers at St. Mathias (4 p.m.).