DRS league opens 2016 season

The 2016 Dakota-Rice- Scott Baseball League kicked off its 70th season Sunday, April 24, with six games. All teams except St. Benedict played on opening day, with St. Patrick, New Market, Elko, Shakopee, Faribault and Prior Lake getting wins. Faribault’s 2-1 win over Lonsdale and St. Patrick’s 5- 3 win over Union Hill provided the closest games in the opening weekend.

Play will resume Sunday with five more games, including St. Patrick playing at New Market in a matchup of 1-0 teams.

Here are last week’s results as reported to The Times. Winning teams are responsible for reporting results. Irish 5, Bulldogs 3 The St. Patrick Irish opened with a 5-3 win over Union Hill at Bonin Field in St. Patrick. The Irish jumped to a 2-0 lead on a 2-out single by Bill Dunker in the second inning. The hit came after Josh Simon walked and Derrick Issacson reached on an error. The Irish increased their lead to 5-0 after four walks and a single by Kenny Johnson. The Bulldogs began to chip away with single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings, but would come up short. In the fifth, a pair of Irish errors led to a Jesse Bastyr RBI ground out. In the seventh, a walk, an error and a single loaded the bases when a wild pitch was uncorked, scoring Bastyr. Union Hill threatened in the eighth, after a pair of walks had runners on first and second with one out. The Irish went to the bullpen, and induced a double play to end the inning. In the ninth, with two outs, Adam Gill and Eric Bisek both doubled to cap the scoring. Derrick Issacson had a double in the game for the Irish and Danny Beckius had an additional double for the Bulldogs. Josh Simon was the winning pitcher, with Dunker picking up the save. Hunter Piehl took the loss for the Bulldogs.

Muskies 10, Mallards 2 Nate Rost pitched six innings, striking out eight batters, to lead New Market to a 10-2 win over Montgomery. The Muskies put a run on the board in the top of the first, with Nick Rost hitting a sacrifice fly to center. Montgomery tied it in the bottom of the first. Tom Flicek singled and eventually came around to score on a throwing error. The Mallards’ only other run came in the third when Aaron Dwyer led off the inning by reaching on an error, stole second, and came around to score on a John Krocak ground out to short. The Muskies hit Montgomery pitching hard in the sixth, with Nate Rost hitting a three-run homer to left center and Kyle Bergstrom following with a homer to right. Dave Stewart had three hits and Kyle Bergstrom two for the Muskies. Derek Bergstrom pitched the final three innings to earn a save. Jaron Christianson started and took the loss for Montgomery.

Mudcats 5,Warriors 1 Prior Lake traveled to Veseli and claimed a 5-1 win to open their DRS schedule Sunday. Jonathon Houston, Jake Lehrer and Jerad Lehrer each had two hits, while Ben Morrison had a double and two RBIs for the Mudcats. Ben Morrison pitched four hitless innings, striking out four, to get the win, with five other pitchers helping finish the game. Veseli’s only run came on an RBI single by Matt Perkinson that scored Brett Kriha. Matt Perkinson pitched six innings and took the loss for the Warriors.

Lakers 2, Aces 1 Evan Knutson and Phil Tisdel locked up in a pitcher’s duel that saw Faribault’s Knutson come out with a 2-1 win over Lonsdale in the DRS opener Sunday in Lonsdale. All the scoring came in the second inning, with Faribault getting two and Lonsdale answering with a solo home run by Thomas Hoppert. He and Matt Tschida each had two hits. Tisdel went six innings and scattered 11 hits, allowing just two runs. No information was provided by Faribault.

Express 12, Orioles 2 Elko broke open the game with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on their way to a 12-2 win over New Prague at Frederickson Field in Elko. Gordon Kappers led the Express onslaught, going 3- for-4 including a double, scoring four runs and driving in a run. Dylan Thomas, TJ Evanson and Jason Grimm all had two hits. Tyler Brekke pitched four innings and John Hayes pitched two innings to get the win. Glenn Parker pitched a scoreless inning. For New Prague, Justin Novak and Zac Dubanoski had the only hits, with Dubanoski getting an RBI double. Dusty Beckius was tagged with the loss for the Orioles.

Coyotes 13, Sox 0 Shakopee opened its season with a 13-0 win over Webster. Alex Johnson took the win for the Coyotes, while Alex Fischer took the loss. Nate Nielsen had two hits for Webster. No information was provided by Shakopee.