Trojans feast on Missota pitching

The New Prague Trojans rolled through two more opponents last week in high school baseball, defeating Shakopee 9-3 and Hutchinson 17-5. The team also had two games postponed. The April 26 game at Prior Lake was postponed due to rain and will be played Friday, May 6. The May 2 game against Faribault was postponed due to the cancellation of school in New Prague that day. The game will be made up May 23.

The Trojans, ranked No. 6 in this week’s state Class AAA coaches poll, were scheduled to host Red Wing Tuesday. On Thursday, they play at Holy Angels and on Friday they are at Prior Lake for their makeup game. On Monday, May 9, they play at Waseca and on Tuesday, May 10, they host Farmington. On Thursday, May 12, they play at Northfield.

Trojans 9, Sabers 3

Trojan pitcher Josh Simon took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed just three unearned runs as New Prague defeated Shakopee 9-3 Thursday, April 28.

The Trojans took a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs, but the Sabers got those back with two runs in the second inning.

The Trojans took a 3-2 lead in the fourth, with Eric Bisek drawing a walk, advancing on a base hit by Simon and scoring on a hit by Tony Kubes. New Prague added four in the fifth, with Andy Shetka reaching on an error and Kyle Kalina getting a base hit. Tyler Seurer laid down a sacrifice bunt and was safe when the first baseman couldn't handle the throw. Mike Goldsmith followed with an RBI single, and Eric Bisek singled. After a groundout put runners on second and third, Josh Simon drew an intentional walk, then Tony Kubes followed with a two-run single.

Shakopee got a leadoff single in the sixth, their only hit of the game, and a pair of errors allowed a run to score.

New Prague finished of the scoring in the bottom of the sixth. Goldsmith singled and Eric Bisek hit a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left center field and into the driveway across the street for a two-run homer.

Goldsmith had three hits for the Trojans, and Bisek, Simon and Kubes each had two.

Simon pitched six innings, and while he struggled with control at time, walking four, he allowed just one hit and got the key outs when he needed them. He struck out six.

April 28, at New Prague

Shakopee 020 001 0 — 3 1 4

New Prague 200 142 x — 9 10 3

Greuning (L), na and Grepentrog; (W, 1-0), Simon (W, 2-1) and Bisek; NP hits: Goldsmith 3, Bisek 2 (HR), Simon 2, Kubes 2, Kalina

Trojans17, Sabers 5

Hutchinson took a 3-0 lead off Trojan starter Kyle Bergstrom in the bottom of the first, but New Prague had their way with Tiger pitching the rest of the way.

The Trojans scored six runs in the second, with Bergstrom getting a leadoff single, followed by a Simon double. Kubes doubled to drive in two runs, then scored on a fielder’s choice by John Beckius. Goldsmith reached on an error and Bisek doubled to drive in the final run of the inning.

In the third, Simon got a leadoff single, and singles by Kubes and Nick Hertaus helped bring him home.

The Trojan scored five in the fourth, with Goldsmith, Bergstrom and Kubes getting RBIs and Simon hitting a two-run triple.

Hutch scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, but the Trojans scored five in the fifth, with two errors and a two-run single by Bergstrom the big plays.

Simon went 4-for-4 in the game, raising his season’s average to .856. Bergstrom helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and scoring three runs. Bisek and Kubes both had two hits.

Bergstrom went five innings and struck out two while walking four. He gave up six hits and five runs, only two of them earned, as the Trojans had an uncharacteristically poor day in the field, committing seven errors.

April 29, at New Prague

New Prague 061 55 — 17 15 4

Hutchinson 300 20 — 5 6 7

Bergstrom (W, 3-0) and Bisek; Ljungren (L), na, Glassen and Juergensen; NP hits: Goldsmith, Bisek 2 (2b), Bergstrom 3, Simon 4 (2-2b, 3b), Kubes 2 (2B), Hertaus, Gill, Beckius

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