2 DRS division titles up for grabs

                      DRS All-Stars fall to River Valley
The Dakota-Rice-Scott All-stars posed for a photo prior to the All-Star game against the River Valley League Friday, July 12, at Veseli. The River Valley team claimed a 19-4 win. To see more photos click on the blue button, lower right. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Only one division title has been decided as the Dakota- Rice-Scott League enters the final weekend of the regular season. New Market, with an 18-4 record, has clinched the Blue Division title. St. Patrick and New Prague are battling for the second place slot, and will decide things with a game at St. Patrick on Sunday. Prior to that game, the two teams will finish a suspended game. The Red Division is wide open, with Faribault and Montgomery in a virtual tie for first and a resurgent Union Hill squad only a halfgame back after winning a pair of games. St. Benedict has a one game lead over Prior Lake in the White Division. Lonsdale cannot win the division, but could overtake Prior Lake for second. League playoffs will begin Tuesday, July 23, with the fourth place team in each division taking on the first place team and the second and third place teams facing each other. Everyone will play a best-of-three series with winners getting better seeds in the Region 3C playoffs. The only definite pairings so far have New Market vs. Shakopee and St. Patrick vs. New Prague. Final pairings, dates and sites will be announced after league playoffs has been completed and will be posted online at newpraguetimes. com.

Eagan 29, Prior Lake 10 Eagan defeated Prior Lake 29-10 in a non-league game.

New Prague 3, New Market 2 New Prague defeated league-leading New Market 3-2. Dusty Beckius pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits for the win, while Chad Skluzacek got the save. The Orioles were led by Justin Novak, who went 2- for-3 with a double and Dan Ring who went 2-for-5. For New Market, Scott Lyden went 2-for-5 and Nate Rost went 2-for-4 with a double. Kyle Bergstrom had a solo home run.

Prior Lake 10, Faribault 2 BJ Benz had two hits and three RBIs and Casey Johnson added two hits and two RBIs to pace Prior Lake to a 10-2 win over Faribault. Mike Borgert-Poepping went seven innings for the win, with Zach Lovera going the final two innings. For Faribault, Joey Grote had two hits and Danny Pierce three.

St. Patrick 10, Arlington 0 St. Patrick shut out Arlington 10-0 in a non-league game.

Le Sueur 4, Veseli 3 Veseli lost to Le Sueur 4-3 in a non-league game.

Elko 9, Union Hill 3 Elko jumped on Union Hill early and held on for a 9-3 win at Union Hill. No details were available.

Shakopee 9, New Prague 8 Shakopee came from behind to defeat New Prague in a DRS Blue Division matchup. No other information was available.

Northfield 5, Elko 3 Northfield defeated Elko 5-3 in a Section 3B game.

Lonsdale 6, New Market 5 The Lonsdale Aces and New Market Muskies both had scoring chances on Wednesday, but it was the Aces that were able to capitalize on them as they pulled out a 6-5 win at Trenda Memorial. New Market had 12 hits compared with the Aces' nine. New Market took a 1-0 lead in the third when Scott Lyden doubled and Nate Rost brought him home on a sacrifice fly. The Lonsdale Aces survived New Market's surge and put up two runs of their own in the sixth. The Lonsdale Aces scored on a two run double by Thomas Hoppert. New Market added a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Nate Rost to tie the game at 5-5. It didn't take long for the Lonsdale Aces to answer as they scored one run of their own in the eighth, on an Aaron Kes infield single. Lance Anderson threw seven innings, giving up four runs, two earned, and struck out a season-high seven. Phil Tisdel recorded the win, allowing one run and two hits in two innings. Derek Bergstrom went the distance for the Muskies on the mound, giving up six runs on eight hits and struck out eight.

Union Hill 7, Montgomery 5 Union Hill took advantage of seven Montgomery errors to score seven unearned runs in a 7-5 win over the Mallards. The Bulldogs had 10 hits. Ben Trewartha took the win, while Josh Kuchinka had the loss. Montgomery’s Mike Flicek and Robbie Marshall had two hits each.

New Prague 5, Prior Lake 2 New Prague jumped to an early lead with three runs in the first inning off Prior Lake starter Ryan White. Justin Novak led off with a walk and stole second. He would later score on an error. Dan Novak drove in Austin Bachman and Dan Shetka with a single. They would add two more in the fifth inning when Aaron Shetka singled in Dan Ring and Dan Novak. Novak pitched six innings of no-hit baseball to close out the game. Ben Morrison relieved White for the Mudcats and struck out seven batters in three innings of work.

St. Benedict 3, Faribault 2 Jeremy Heitkamp pitched eight strong innings for the win and Tanner Oakes struck out the side in the ninth for the save as St. Benedict defeated Faribault 3-2. The Saints scored the winning run in the top of the eighth. Evan Knutson took the loss, allowing only four hits. Andrew Huss went 2-for-4 for St. Benedict.

Montgomery 4, Shakopee 1 Montgomery scored three runs in the first inning on their way to a 4-1 win over Shakopee. John Krocak went 3-for-4, Nathan Rosier was 2-for-4 and Tyler Bednar had a home run. Robbie Marshall pitched seven innings and struck out four. Krocak pitched two innings of hitless relief.

Elko 11, Faribault 1 Elko defeated Faribault 11- 1. No other information was available.

Union Hill 6, New Prague 3 Brad Weiers pitched a complete game for Union Hill allowing just three runs and striking out six. Union Hill took advantage of eight New Prague errors in the game, scoring two runs in both the second and fifth innings as well as scoring in the third and eighth innings. Matt Beckius, Jon Beckius, and Ben Trewartha each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Adam Gill contributed a double. For the Orioles Dan Ring would score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Aaron Shetka in the fifth inning. Austin Bachman drove in Dan Shetka and Chad Skluzacek in the sixth inning with a double. Chase Buthe took the loss.

St. Benedict 10, St. Patrick 2 St. Benedict opened the scoring with an unearned run when Scott Eischens singled in Tanner Oakes, who reached on an error. The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Wade Schuknecht homered to deep left field to lead off the inning. Chris Hartmann and Bill Dunker would prove stingy however, until Tanner Oakes singled in Brendan Heitkamp to make the score 2-1 in the top of the eighth. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Austin Isaacson singled to left, scoring Will Walsh. The floodgates opened in the 11th when the Saints scored eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Dan Erikson picked up the win on the mound, Seth Ambroz took the loss.

Webster 4, Lonsdale 3 Webster scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, then won the game in the 10th inning as they defeated Lonsdale 4- 3. Lonsdale scored three runs in the first inning, but was shut down the rest of the way by starter Nick Nelson. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight in 10 innings of work. Jerrod Novotny allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings of work before giving way to Aaron Kes. Lance Anderson took the loss. Nelson not only got the win, he also scored the winning run. He had a two-out double in the 10th and scored on a base hit by Brandon Sather. Nate Nielsen had two hits and Marcus Pleiss had three hits and three RBIs for Webster. Kes had two doubles for Lonsdale.

Union Hill to hold Fan Appreciation Day Union Hill will hold their Fan Appreciation Day as part of their game Sunday, July 21, against Veseli.