Top seeds win 5 of 6 playoff series in DRS

St. Patrick’s Jeff Bjerke swings at a pitch during the Irish’ win over New Prague at Veseli Wednesday, July 24. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The top seed won five of six playoff series in the Dakota-Rice-Scott League Division playoffs last week. The only lower seed to win was Union Hill, which defeated Montgomery two games to one to earn the Red Division No. 2 seed in the Region 3C playoffs. Faribault, St. Benedict, Prior Lake, New Market and St. Patrick were the other series winners. Four of those five teams won in two games, while Faribault had to go to three games to finish off the Webster Sox. Teams are now taking part in the Region 3C tournament, which began Tuesday, July 30.


Webster vs. Faribault Tuesday, July 23 Webster 3, Faribault 2 Webster started off the playoffs with an upset, defeating Faribault 3-2. The Sox scored three runs in the first inning and made that lead hold up. Brandon Sather went 2-for-4 and had two RBIs, while Jeremy Wieland drove in the other run. Alex Fisher pitched eight innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out eight. Evan Knutson took the loss for the Lakers, pitching a complete game. Adam Jensen went 2-for-3 for Faribault.

Thursday, July 25, Faribault 14, Webster 4 Jack Helgeson pitched seven innings for Faribault as the Lakers defeated Webster 14-4. Sunday, July 28, Faribault 9, Webster 0 Ryan Archambault, Dylan Valantyn and Dan Pierce each had two RBIs in the first inning as Faribault defeated Webster 9-0. Knutson pitched nine shutout innings for the win. Fisher took the loss. Union Hill vs. Montgomery Tuesday, July 23, Union Hill 4, Montgomery 2 Union Hill took game one of the series, beating the Mallards 4-2 in 10 innings. Brad Weiers started for the Bulldogs and went eight innings. Matt Beckius came on in relief to pick up the win. Josh Kuchinka started for the Mallards, with John Krocak pitching in relief to take the loss. Jon Beckius led off the 10th by getting hit by a pitch. Ben Trewartha bunted him over and then Beckius scored on a base hit by Jesse Bastyr. Bastyr would go on to score an insurance run. Thursday, July 25 Montgomery 8, Union Hill 7 Montgomery evened the series at 1-1 by beating the Bulldogs 8-7 at Don Giesen Field. Conrad Masberg started and took the loss for Union Hill with John Solheid, Matt Beckius and Jeff Dietz pitching in relief. Robbie Marshall, Mike Flicek and Nick Worm pitched for the Mallards. Krocak, reached base six times, on a double, a single and four walks, and he scored three runs. Sunday, July 28 Union Hill 2, Montgomery 0 Union Hill defeated Montgomery 2-0 in the deciding game of the series. Weiers pitched a gem for the Bulldogs, going nine innings and scattering four hits. Krocak also pitched well for Montgomery, going nine innings and taking the loss. Union Hill scored in the fifth inning when Adam Gill led off with a single, was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Jeff Dietz and moved to third when Matt Beckius reached on an error. Adam Giesen came through in the clutch with am RBI base hit to left. Union Hill would add an insurance run in the ninth.

White Division Veseli vs. St. Benedict Tuesday, July 23, St. Benedict 10, Veseli 0 The St. Benedict Saints defeated Veseli 10-0 in Jordan in game one of their series. Tanner Oakes pitched seven shutout innings, while Jacob Riesgraf had three hits and four RBIs. Michael Pauly hit a two-run home run. Friday, July 26 St. Benedict 19, Veseli 3 The Saints had 22 hits in game two. Andrew Huss broke the game open with a three-run home run in the seventh. Dan Erickson, Michael Pauly, and Steve Weiers combined for four scoreless innings in relief of winner Chris Hartman. Eric Steinhoff had three hits for Veseli, and Chad Krenik and Corey Friedges two each. Lonsdale vs. Prior Lake Wednesday, July 24 Prior Lake 4, Lonsdale 3 Prior Lake jumped to a 1-0 lead in the second when Ryan Rose doubled and scored on a Levi Schneider hit. The Mudcats added to the lead in the fourth when Schneider led off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a fly ball by Casey Johnson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Noah Rezac. Lonsdale scored three in the eighth when Paul Tisdel and Kevin Kalina singled. Lance Anderson sacrificed the runners, then Matt Tschida hit a groundball that was thrown away, allowing both runs to score and moving Tschida to third. Travis Scheffler's base hit gave Lonsdale a 3-2 going to the bottom of the eighth. But the Mudcats responded. Rose hit a game-tying single, then broke up a double play and forced a wild throw with a hard slide to allow the eventual winning run to score. Lonsdale got the tying and go ahead runs to second and third with two outs, but Rezac made a great catch down the first base line to end the game. Jake Schmidt allowed just one earned run and struck out 10 in nine innings for Prior Lake. Phil Tisdel also had a complete game in taking the loss. Friday, July 26, Prior Lake 7, Lonsdale 5 Schneider had back-toback doubles to give Prior Lake an early lead, but Lonsdale answered with two in the bottom of the second on a single by Anderson, a passed ball, and a single by Tschida to score the first run. Justin Scheffler singled with one out and Tschida scored on a bad throw to take a 2-1 lead. The Mudcats tied it with two walks and a strike three that was thrown away to score the tying run. The Aces went ahead 4-2 on a leadoff single by Aaron Kes and a two run homer by Kalina in the third. Prior Lake got one in the fourth on singles by Johnson and Tony Adderley, a walk to Jerad Lehrer. A force play scored the run. In the fifth, Prior Lake scored three to take a 6-4 lead. Jake Lehrer hit a leadoff double, Rose reached on an error. Schneider was hit by a pitch. Johnson singled in a run. Rezac hit into a fielders choice scoring a run. Adderley singled in the final run. Ben Morrison went the distance for Prior Lake, allowing seven hits, striking out 14, seven in the last three innings. He allowed just two hits after the home run in the third. Jake Lehrer had three hits, including two doubles, Gary Mariscal, Johnson Rezac and Adderley had two hits each for Prior Lake.

Blue Division Shakopee vs. New Market Tuesday, July 23 New Market 9, Shakopee 1 Nate Rost was in control for New Market, allowing just four hits and one run in a 9-1 win over Shakopee. The Muskies put up a run in the first when Scott Lyden doubled. Bergstrom went 5- for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. He scored three runs. Nick Rost had three hits, Lyden had two extra-base hits, and David Stewart had two hits. Saturday, July 27 New Market 10, Shakopee 2 Derek Bergstrom went seven innings and got the win as New Market defeated Shakopee 10-2 to sweep the series. Nick Rost homered for the Muskies, while the Coyotes’ Zac Hoffman had one as well. Lyden got things going for New Market, getting a oneout single. Nick Rost singled and Kyle Bergstrom walked to load the bases for Mike Carpentier. Carpentier doubled down the left field line to bring in two runs, with Bergstrom thrown out at home trying to score from first. The Muskies got three more in the second, leaving the bases loaded. Shakopee scored their only runs in the fourth, one of them on a solo homer by Hoffman. New Market scored one in the fourth and three more in the sixth on an RBI single from Tyler Bergstrom and a sacrifice fly from Tom Carpentier. Bryce Rippentrop came in to pitch the eighth and ninth innings and shut the door on the Coyotes. New Market's top three hitters, Stewart, Lyden and Rost, went a combined 8 for- 14 with five RBIs and four runs scored. New Prague vs. St. Patrick Wednesday, July 24, St. Patrick 3, New Prague 1 The Orioles jumped to a 1- 0 lead in the second when Dan Novak doubled down the left field line and Aaron Shetka drove him home with a single. But Josh Simon and the Irish would hold them to the lone run. St. Patrick took the lead in the third when Derek Hahn walked and advanced on a bunt. Mathew Pexa, Colton Borwege, and Josh Simon would all hit singles to drive in the three Irish runs. From there, the Orioles' Dusty Beckius and St. Patrick's Simon would prove tough, as neither side scored again. Pexa was 3-for-3 for the Irish. Friday, July 26 St. Patrick 9, New Prague 5 St. Patrick took an 8-0 lead and then held on for a wild finish in topping New Prague 9-5 to earn a sweep. The two teams combined for 29 hits and there was a lengthy delay for an injury in the fourth inning when Dan Novak blocked a pitch off his wrist. The Orioles scored five runs in the final two innings, but it wasn't enough. For the Irish, Mathew Pexa, Wade Schuknecht, Matt Ambroz, Will Walsh, and Borwege each had two hits. New Prague's Dan Ring, Jake Malz, and Ross Skluzacek each had two hits and Shetka went 3-for-4, and scored twice. Seth Ambroz was the winning pitcher, while Chad Skluzacek took the loss. Bill Dunker earned a save.