By Tyler Ohmann
The Randall Cubs won a pair of games over South Division opponents to even their record at 6-6 and guarantee themselves the three
seed in the Victory League West Division playoffs.
The Cubs began with an 8-3 victory over Freeport, Friday, June 30.
Brett Strack tossed eight strong innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and striking out seven as the winning pitcher.
He also clubbed two hits, including a double, collecting five RBIs along the way.
Randall picked up another win at St. Wendel, Sunday, July 2, beating the Saints, 5-2.
The Saints plated the first run, but Randall quickly answered with a run the very next inning to tie the game up.
It remained tied until the seventh inning when a sac fly drove in another St. Wendel run to put them up, 2-1.
The Cubs again were quick to respond, scoring four times in the top of the eighth on RBI hits from Strack, Hunter Swanson and Tommy Kunkel.
Derek Poser, who came in to pitch relief for starter Ricky Drew, tossed three innings and allowed only one hit to earn the win on the hill.
Kunkel finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
In other matters of concern in the Victory League West, Sobieski defeated Upsala 11-6 to improve to 12-0 and clinch the west title and the No. 1 seed.
Josh Wenzel clubbed a three-run home run for the Skis. Austin Weisz added a two-RBI double as well.
Justin Lampert paced Upsala with a 2-for-4 day with two RBI and a run.
Flensburg earned its first victory of the year, topping new rival Swanville, 8-2, Sunday, July 2.
Ike Thoma struck out 13 in a complete game win. Adam Hallberg was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Carter Loven led the Bulldogs with two hits and a run scored. Both teams are 1-11.
Plot thickens in East
Buckman split games with North Division opponents to drop a half game behind Lastrup in the Victory League East Division.
Both Lastrup (9-3) and the Pierz Brewers (8-4) had the weekend off.
The Billygoats began with a 3-2 win over Nisswa, June 30.
Jeremy Monson earned the win, tossing eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out six.
Mark Kahl paced the Buckman offense with a pair of hits and RBIs.
Buckman was bested the following day, Saturday, July 1 by Ft. Ripley, 9-2.
Jack Hegarty was strong on the mound for the Rebels, going eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out 10.
Logan Kalis provided some firepower on offense for Ft. Ripley with a 2-for-2 day and two RBIs.
Matt Tautges stole a base, scored and drove in a run for Buckman.
In other East action, the Pierz Bulldogs won their second game topping Aitkin, 15-4 in eight innings, Saturday, July 1.
Craig Luberts clobbered a home run and drove in five, while Ryan Foreman also went deep and had four RBIs.
The win pushed the Bulldogs a game closer to fourth place Royalton, who fell 10-6 to Aitkin, Sunday, July 2.
Nathan Psyck went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Riverdogs.
He also took the loss on the mound, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 7 and 2/3 innings.
Lastly, in a North Division match-up, Ft. Ripley took down St. Mathias, 10-1, Sunday, July 2.
The Rebels’ Brett Kramer was a perfect 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs. Brian Skluzacek was 2-for-4 with an RBI as well for Ft. Ripley.
Conner Knettel led the Devils by going 2-for-3 with a double.
Ft. Ripley remained undefeated at 11-0 after the win. St. Mathias dropped to 2-9.
The Victory League regular season came to a close, Saturday, July 8, but results were unavailable by press time.