Saints win 4 to take over 1st place in White Division

Veseli baserunner Andy Simon (23) is tagged out by Lonsdale’s Justin Scheffler, while Darren McEathron covers second base. The play came during the Thursday, July 4, game at Veseli. To see more photos click on the blue button, lower right. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

St. Benedict won four games last week to take over first place in the D-R-S White Division, leading Prior Lake by half-a-game. Faribault continues to lead the Red Division despite a sub-.500 record and New Market, at 18-2, leads the Blue Division.

With two weekends left in the season, teams are jockeying for position for the divisional playoffs, which will get underway on Tuesday, June 23.

Here are last week’s results: Monday, July 1 St. Benedict 3, Lonsdale 1 St. Benedict grabbed a 3-1 victory at Trenda Memorial Field in Lonsdale. Tanner Oakes recorded the win for St. Benedict tossing seven innings of shutout ball. He struck out three, walked two and gave up three hits. St. Benedict went up for good in the sixth, scoring two runs on a groundout by Brendan Heitkamp and an RBI single by Oakes. Michael Pauly and Andrew Huss recorded three hits a piece for the Saints. Aces starter Alex Rayman threw a complete game, giving up three runs and striking out three. Travis Scheffler led the Aces with 2 hits. Tuesday, July 2 St. Patrick 4, Shakopee 1 St. Patrick scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and then settled in and played defense behind starting pitcher, Bill Dunker. He retired 17 straight Coyote batters while cruising to a 4-1 win. Mathew Pexa led the offense with a 3-for-4 night, falling a home run short of the cycle. He also drove in a run. Josh Simon doubled and scored. For the Coyotes, Zak Hoffman was 2-for-4 and scored the only Shakopee run. New Market 9, Faribault 3 In a game between division leaders, New Market scored six runs in the final two innings to put away Faribault, 9-3. Nate Rost got the win, while Joe Foley took the loss. New Market had eight hits, with Scott Lyden and Rost getting two each. Wednesday, July 3 Lonsdale 12, Veseli 2 The Lonsdale Aces rolled over Veseli 12-2 in seven innings Wednesday, July 3, at Trenda Memorial after an eight-run rally in the fourth inning. Justin Scheffler boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 2-for-2 day at the plate to pace the Aces. He singled in the fifth and sixth innings. Phil Tisdel (4-2) recorded the win, allowing two runs over six innings, striking out two, walking four and allowing 10 hits. Eric Steinhoff collected three hits for the Warriors and Matt Perkinson added two hits, driving in one of the Warriors two runs. New Prague 11, Union Hill 4 New Prague defeated Union Hill 11-4. Timely hitting by the Orioles and six costly errors by the Bulldogs were the main difference in the game. In a battle of cousins, Dusty Beckius started and got the win for the Orioles, with Dan Novak pitching in relief. Matt Beckius started and took the loss for the Bulldogs. Justin Novak, Dan Shetka, Ross Skluzacek and Ted Nytes led the O’s hitting attack. Jon Beckius and Adam Gill each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Elko 10, New Market 8 Elko defeated New Market 10-8 in a non-league game. Prior Lake 7, Montgomery 6 Prior Lake scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a fielder’s choice by Cole Bjorge. The inning started with a walk to Gary Mariscal off reliever Robbie Marshall. A sacrifice bunt by Mason Holmquist got him to second. Casey Johnson singled Mariscal to third. An intentional walk to Ryan Rose set up Bjorge’s groundball in the left side hole to win it. Montgomery had jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the top of the third on a first inning run and a throwing error in the third plated two more off Prior Lake starter Ryan White. The Mudcats answered in the bottom of the third with four runs, chasing starter Steve Rosier. Montgomery took a 5-4 lead on three Mudcat errors in the seventh. The ‘Cats answered back with two in the bottom of the inning. In the ninth Montgomery tied the game with three straight hits by John Krocak, Mike Flicek, and Eric Iverson. Tyler Bednar was intentionally walked to load the bases. Schmidt struck out the next hitter, got a pop up and a strikeout to end the rally. Krocak and Iverson had two hits each for Montgomery. Johnson went 3-for- 4 with 2 RBIs for Prior Lake, while Mariscal had one hit and scored three runs, and Holmquist had two hits. Thursday, July 4 New Market 25, Webster 3 The Muskies scored seven runs in the first and six runs in the second, but their big inning came in the fifth, when they plated 11 runs. Dave Stewart, Scott Lyden, Nick Rost, Tyler Bergstrom, and Nate Novak all had multiple hits on the day and at least two RBIs apiece. Webster kicked a field goal with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to break up Nick Rost's shutout. None of the runs they scored were earned. Marcus Pleiss had two of Webster's eight hits. Brighton Volkert took the loss for the Sox. Lonsdale 11, Veseli 8 Veseli led 6-1 after four innings, but gave up 10 runs in the final three in falling to Lonsdale 11-8. Paul Tisdel had a two-run double in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth for the Aces. Lance Anderson, Tom Hoppert and Kevin Kalina also had key hits. Anderson pitched all eight innings for the win. Mike Bartusek and Eric Steinhoff helped the Warriors take an early lead driving in runs in the second inning. Nick Hertaus pitched seven innings, with Jason Kazlauskas, Blake Radloff and Matt Perkinson all pitching in relief. Friday, July 5 New Market 4, New Prague 0 New Market had little trouble with the Orioles due to timely hitting and a strong pitching performance by Derek Bergstrom. The Muskies scored in the second inning when Nate Rost was hit by a pitch and later scored on a single by Mike Carpentier. They would score three more runs in the fifth inning when Bryce Rippentrop and Kyle Bergstrom singled and Nate Rost doubled. The Orioles had a few scoring opportunities but each time Bergstrom was able to get a much needed strikeout. He had 13 in the game, eight of which were looking. Bryan Schmitz took the loss for the Orioles despite pitching well. Saturday, July 6 St. Benedict 11, Montgomery 5 The St. Benedict Saints defeated Montgomery 11-5 Saturday in St. Benedict. Jacob Riesgraf, Andrew Huss, Tyler Oakes and Michael Pauly all homered for the Saints. Brendan Heitkamp added three hits. Tanner Oakes earned the win going five innings. The Mallards got RBIs from Nate Rosier, John Krocak, and Phil Worm, who took the loss. Sunday, July 7 St. Patrick 6,Webster 3 The Sox jumped to a 1-0 on the strength of a Marcus Pleiss solo home run in the second inning, but the Irish stormed back with two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, highlighted by a Matt Ambroz two-run home run. Webster would climb back in the game with two in the sixth on RBI singles by Nate Nielsen and Jeremy Wieland. The comeback would fall short, however, as Irish starter Seth Ambroz retired the last 11 men he faced. Ambroz got the complete game win and also went 3-for-4 at the plate. Jeff Bjerke was 2- for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. For the Sox, Brandon Sather was 2-for-4 and scored a run. New Prague 10, Lonsdale 6 New Prague outlasted Lonsdale 10-6 at Lonsdale. Travis Scheffler racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Aces. He singled in the sixth inning and doubled in the ninth inning. Zach Sirek recorded the win for New Prague. He allowed three runs over 3-2/3 innings, striking out two, walking one and allowing three hits. New Prague's Austin Bachman, Dan Novak and Dan Ring combined for seven hits and five RBIs. Dan Ring had a solo home run for New Prague. New Prague rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead for good, then added three more in the eight, with Austin Bachman hitting a two-run homer. Lonsdale tried to rally, scoring two runs in the ninth, but came up short. Elko 13, Montgomery 4 Elko broke open a tie game with six runs in the seventh inning on their way to a 13-4 win over Montgomery. Tyler Brekke got the win, while Robbie Marshall took the loss. Tyler Bednar had two hits, including a home run, for the Mallards. St. Benedict 4, Shakopee 2 St. Benedict swept Shakopee in a doubleheader Sunday 4-2 and 6-2. In the first game Steve Weiers and Andrew Huss each had an RBI single in the seventh inning to put the Saints ahead. Jacob Wolf earned the win in relief. The Coyotes took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a two-run double by Jordan Triestram. St. Benedict 6, Shakopee 2 Game two saw the Saints score four times in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. RBI singles from Weiers, Tyler Oakes, Tanner Oakes, and Nick Heitkamp keyed the inning. Chris Hartman struck out 12 in the win. Shakopee got a solo home run from Jordan Gunhuss and a triple by Andrew Boyce. Veseli 4, Faribault 1 Eric Steinhoff drove in Chad Krenik with an RBI single in the fifth. The Warriors added two more in the sixth when Luke Giesen singled, pinch runner Bret Kriha stole two bases and scored on a passed ball. Corey Friedges drove in Chad Krenik with a base hit. Faribault's only run came on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Archambault. Giesen pitched a complete game for the win, while Alex Olson took the loss for the Lakers.