By Tyler Ohmann
A 6-1 victory by Sobieski over Upsala kept the Skis undefeated at 8-0 and vaulted them atop of the Victory League West standings.
Thomas Miller put the Skis out front when he hit a two-run bomb off of Upsala starter Matt Swanson in the bottom of the fourth inning, Sunday, June 11.
“He was pounding outside off the black and he left a changeup out over the plate little bit and I put a pretty good swing on it,” Miller said.
Tyler Jendro pitched solidly, especially after getting out of a jam in the fourth inning. Jendro allowed only two base runners in the final five innings. In total he tossed a complete game, allowing one run on eight hits.
Collin Eckman smacked a solo home run in the eighth to tack on the sixth Sobieski run.
Dustin Biniek was 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Upsala. Brandon Welinski also had a pair of hits.
“We know that any time we play these guys it is going to be a battle, and it’s going to be competitive,” Miller said.
For Upsala, it was the team’s second straight loss, having fallen 3-1 against St. Stephen, June 9.
In that one, Eric Lampert singled in Matt Swanson to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth.
However, the Steves regained the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning.
The game was under the lights in Freeport.
Also Friday night, June 9, Nisswa took care of Royalton 15-4 in seven innings.
Royalton was led by Brady Moulzolf, who had three hits and scored twice.
Nisswa clubbed four home runs.
Royalton was a busy team, as it lost Saturday, June 10, 15-0 in five innings to Ft. Ripley. The Riverdogs did bounce back and 10-run the Pierz Bulldogs, 15-5, Sunday, June 11.
In the loss to Ft. Ripley, Nick Jelacie went 4-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs for the Rebels.
Nate Benusa and Nathan Psyck had the only two hits for Royalton.
In Sunday’s victory it was Moulzolf that led the Riverdogs, going 4-for-4 and scoring five times. Psyck also hit a home run and drove in five.
Ryan Foreman had three hits to lead the Bulldogs.
In other action, Sunday, the Pierz Brewers split a pair of games.
First, the Brewers fell 10-0 in seven innings to Ft. Ripley.
Bret Kramer scored three times and drove in a run without being credited for an at-bat.
Buckman remained the single one-loss team in the Victory League East with an 11-9 win over Cuyuna.
The Billygoats began the game with an offensive explosion and led 11-2 entering the bottom of the ninth.
Jeremy Monson hit a home run, walked three times and drove in four runs.
However, Buckman allowed seven runs in the bottom of the final frame, but managed to hang on for its fifth win of the year.
Noah Boser scored three times for the Billygoats.
To close out the day, two late games went on at the Hellie Field at Pierz Legion Park.
St. Mathias played a doubleheader, losing to both Lastrup (10-2) and the Pierz Brewers (5-0).
In game one, brothers Brad and Cody Meyer faced off.
Cody was taken out after allowing five runs on four hits in four innings.
Brady went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits.
Paul Herman smacked a home run and Rick Schlieman had three hits and scored three times to power the Lakers offense.
Evan Woitalla had three hits to lead the Devils.
The Brewers bounced back to remain tied with Lastrup on top of the east with a 5-0 shutout of the Devils.
Mike Poser out-dualed Cody Meyer, as both pitchers went all nine innings. Poser scattered six hits.
Jeremy Payne led the Brewers with a pair of doubles, while Woitalla again led St. Mathias with a pair of hits.
The schedule for area teams on Sunday, June 18 is: Swanville at Freeport (noon), Sobieski at Flensburg (1 p.m.); at 1:30 p.m.: Buckman at Royalton, St. Mathias at Cuyuna, Nisswa at Fort Ripley, Avon at Randall and Pierz Bulldogs at Aitkin; Swanville at Upsala (4 p.m.) and Sobieski at Freeport (5 p.m.).