Faribault, Prior Lake and New Market lead DRS divisions

Union Hill’s John Solheid attempts a sacrifice bunt in the ninth inning of the Bulldogs’ win over Veseli Sunday. To see more photos click on the blue button, lower right. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

Faribault has taken over the lead in the Red Division of the Dakota-Rice-Scott baseball league, while New Market is back alone on top of the blue division through games of Sunday, June 30. Prior Lake remains on top of the White Division standings. Schedules are starting to get busy as teams rush to make up all of the games that were rained out earlier in the season. There are fewer than three weeks remaining before the division playoffs begin. Last week’s results:

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 Faribault 5, Montgomery 4 Ryan Archambault had a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to end the game for the Lakers as they defeated the Mallards 5-4. Montgomery left the bases loaded three times, including in the ninth inning. Kyle Kubes was 3-for-5 and Mike Flicek and Ryan Iverson were both 2- for-4 for Montgomery. Flicek and Tyler Bednar both doubled. Jack Helgeson was the winning pitcher, with Steve Rosier taking the loss. Lonsdale 6, Prior Lake 5 Prior Lake took a 5-4 lead with two runs in the top of the ninth, but the Aces responded with a pair in their half of the inning to take a 6- 5 win. Travis Scheffler and Lance Anderson both had two hits for the Aces, while Kevin Kalina added a home run. Phil Tisdel was the winning pitcher, with Ryan White taking the loss. Red Wing 6, Elko 5 Red Wing took an early 6- 0 lead, then held off an Express comeback attempt for a 6-5 win in a non-league game.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 New Market 3, St. Patrick 2 The Irish scored first and last, but New Market got three runs in between as they took a key 3-2 win to take control of the Blue Division race. Nate Rost out-dueled Bill Dunker on the mound, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out 10. He also had two hits and was hit by a pitch to reach base three times. Dunker allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out six. Two of the four Irish hits were doubles, by Mathew Pexa and Will Walsh. Shakopee 4, Union Hill 0 Shakopee’s Ben Lazzari pitched 8-1/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing just five hits to defeat Union Hill 4-0. Zak Hoffman, who went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, pitched to the final two batters. Conrad Masberg took the loss for Union Hill. Elko 3, St. Benedict 2 Elko trailed 1-0 and 2-1, but finally took the lead in the eighth inning in a 3-2 win over St. Benedict. Andrew Lyke took the win while tanner Oakes, pitching in relief of Jeremy Heitkamp, took the loss.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27 New Market 10, Prior Lake 1 New Market blew open a close game with six two-out runs in the eighth inning for a 1-1 win. Derek Bergstrom pitched eight innings for the win, Mike Borgert-Poepping went 7-2/3 for the loss. Scott Lyden and Mike Carpentier had three hits each, Nick Rost, Nate Novak, and Nate Rost each had two. Prior Lake had a hit each by Gary Mariscal, who also had two walks and an RBI. Levi Schneider had a hit and two walks. Faribault 13, Webster 7 Faribault defeated Webster 13-7 in a DRS League game. No further details were available.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 St. Patrick 6, Prior Lake 1 St. Patrick defeated Prior Lake 6-1. No other details were available at press time. Lonsdale 9, Union Hill 7 Union Hill wasn't able to overcome the big hole they dug themselves into as they lost 9-7 to the Lonsdale Aces. Union Hill scored on an error and an RBI single by Jeff Dietz in the fifth inning, a walk by Adam Giesen in the sixth inning, an RBI single by Giesen in the eighth inning, and a wild pitch and an error in the ninth inning. Lonsdale’s big inning came in the fourth when they they scored five runs on a sacrifice fly by Matt Tschida, a two-run error, an RBI double by Justin Scheffler and an RBI single by Alex Rayman. Kevin Kalina reached base three times for Lonsdale and scored two runs and had two RBIs. He doubled in the first inning. Montgomery 3, Veseli 2 Ryan Iverson had a walkoff double in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mallards a 3-2 win over Veseli. John Krocak and Tyler Bednar had two hits each for Montgomery. Krocak pitched all 10 innings for the win, while Nick Hertaus took the loss for the Warriors.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 New Prague 11, Webster 1 Bryan Schmitz got the start and the win for the Orioles and he was able to keep the Sox off balance for six innings. He recorded six strikeouts and allowed only two hits which came off the bats of Brandon Sather and Nate Nielson. New Prague scored early and often in this one. Dan Novak had two hits including a double, while Austin Bachman scored four times. Prior Lake 10, Waterville 5 Prior Lake defeated Waterville 10-5 in a non-league game. Faribault 2, St. Patrick 0 Faribault claimed a 2-0 win over St. Patrick. No other details were available at press time. New Market 6, Montgomery 5 A four-run fifth inning proved costly to Montgomery as they lost to New Market 6-5. Nick Rost picked up his DRS-leading fifth win of the season going eight solid innings. Bryce Rippentrop picked up the save. Robbie Marshall was tagged with the loss for Montgomery. Nate Rost led the way offensively for the Muskies with three hits, Scott Lyden, Tyler Bergstrom and Jay Chlan each had two apiece. For Montgomery, Mike Flicek had three singles, Tyler Bednar had two singles, and Mike Kocina had a single and a double.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 St. Patrick 7, Montgomery 6 Josh Simon took the win for St. Patrick while Josh Kuchinka took the loss in a 7-6 Irish win over Montgomery. Montgomery’s suspect fielding yielded six unearned runs for St. Patrick. Pat Lloyd doubled for Montgomery. New Market 9, St. Benedict 8 St. Benedict loaded the bases in the ninth inning and pulled to within a run of New Market, but a double play ended the game with the host Saints a run short. Scott Lyden went 3-for-4 with a double and Nate Rost was 2-for-5 with a home run for th e Muskies. Tyler Bergstrom went 2-for-3 and Kyle Bergstrom had three RBIs. Six Saints - three of them Heitkamps - had two hits each. Jeremy, Nick and Brendan Heitkamp along with Scott Eischens,s Andrew Huss and Tanner Oaks had multiple hits. Bryce Rippentrop started for New Market, with Derek Bergstrom getting the win in relief. Jacob Wolf started and took the loss for St. Benedict, with Steve Weiers finishing. The Saints led 5-3, but gave up six runs in the fifth inning to take control of the contest. Union Hill 7, Veseli 2 Union Hill defeated Veseli 7-2 at Veseli. Brad Weiers pitched a twohitter for the Bulldogs while striking out five batters. both Veseli runs were unearned. John Beckius had three hit s and four RBIs, two on a double in the second. Ben Trewartha and Jesse Bastyr both had two hits for Union Hill. Luke Giesen pitched eight innings and took the loss, with Matt Perkinson going one inning and allowing the final two runs. Veseli’s hits were by Cody Shimota and Perkinson, who doubled. New Prague 13, Faribault 7 Fans who enjoy scoring were treated to an exciting game between the Lakers and the Orioles. Faribault struck first by scoring three in the top of the second. The Orioles answered back with six runs on eight hits in their half of the inning. Faribault would score again in the third and then tie it up with an Adam Jensen two-run homer in the sixth inning off New Prague starter Chase Buthe. The Orioles answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and put the game away with four more in the eight. inning. Adam Jensen, Joe Grote, and Dan Pierce each had two hits apiece for the Lakers. Dan Shetka, Austin Bachman, and Aaron Shetka had two hits each for the Orioles, while Dan Novak and Teddy Nytes had 3 hits apiece. Nytes’ day included two doubles and four RBIs. Jake Malz pitched the last 3 innings and got the win while Jack Helgesen, who pitched eight innings, took the loss.