Trojans to host Rosemount in 1AAA baseball opener

The New Prague Trojan baseball team split its final four games and heads into the Section1AAA tournament with a 12-6 record. New Prague defeated Prior Lake, lost to Shakopee and Northfield, then beat Faribault last week. A Saturday tournament at Montgomery-Lonsdale was rained out.

New Prague received the No. 6 seed in Section 1AAA. They will host the defending section champions from Rosemount on Thursday. The Irish come into the tournament with a 6-14 record. Win or lose, the Trojans play again on Saturday in the double elimination tournament. Rochester Century, the No. 3 seed, will host the rest of the sub-section games, on Saturday and Monday. The Panthers open their tournament on Thursday when they host Faribault.

The other subsections:

No. 1 seed Rochester Mayo hosts No. 8 Northfield and No. 9 Red Wing.

No. 2 seed Lakeville hosts No. 7 Waseca, No. 10 Albert Lea and No. 15 Austin.

No. 4 seed Rochester John Marshall hosts No. 5 Farmington, No. 12 Owatonna and No. 13 Winona.

The four sub-section winners will advance to the Final Four, another double-elimination tournament. Games will be played June 2, 4 and 6 in Red Wing.

Trojans 3, Lakers 1

New Prague got a big win in the Missota Conference Tuesday, defeating Prior Lake 3-1.

The Lakers had a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the Trojans took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Dom DeLuca walked and Adam Gill singled. Ryan Jirak sacrificed the runners ahead to second and third, and Mike Goldsmith hit a two-out, two-run single.

New Prague got an insurance run in the sixth. With two outs, Tony Kubes walked, then scored on a single by Nick Hertaus.

The Lakers threatened in their half of the seventh, but a big play by the Trojan defense kept them from scoring. The first two batters singled for the Lakers. Coach Tim Ledwein called timeout and spoke with his infielders. Expecting a bunt, first baseman Gill charged toward home. But the Trojans called a pitchout and catcher Eric Bisek fired to first, where second baseman Goldsmith was covering, and he tagged out the Prior Lake runner. Prior Lake got one more hit in the inning, but didn’t score, and the Trojans took the 3-1 win.

Josh Simon took the win, evening his record at 3-3. He allowed seven hits and struck out four while walking just one.

May 17, at New Prague

Prior Lake 010 000 0 — 1 7 0

New Prague 000 002 1 — 3 4 4

Kraemer (L) and Wartman; Simon (LW, 3-3) and Bisek; NP hits: Goldsmith, Simon, Hertaus, Gill

Sabers 5, Trojans 4

Shakopee came from behind with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to take a 5-4 Missota Conference win. The loss was costly for New Prague, because Farmington lost the same day, meaning the Trojans missed a chance to regain first place in the conference race.

New Prague struggled at the plate. They had just one hit, a seventh-inning single by Tony Kubes. But they had plenty of opportunities, as the Sabers walked six batters and hit two others.

New Prague got three runs in the third without a hit. DeLuca reached on an error. After a groundout, Luke Hanzel and Jirak both walked. Everyone scored when Kyle Kalina’s shot to center was misplayed by the center fielder.

The Trojans got one more run in the sixth, again without a hit. Gill walked and Hanzel reached base on a sacrifice attempt. Gill scored on a groundout by Goldsmith.

The Trojans missed a number of other scoring opportunities. They left the bases loaded in the first after two hit batters and a walk, and left two on in the second after a pair of walks.

In the seventh, with two outs, Kubes singled and DeLuca walked, a passed ball advanced them to second and third, but they were left stranded.

Shakopee got the winning run in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk.

Ben Bartelt pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and striking out six. Ryan Gebur pitched a third of an inning, striking out one but walking two.

May 19, at Shakopee

New Prague 000 301 0 — 4 1 0

Shakopee 000 202 1 — 5 7 2

Bartelt (L, 4-1), Gebur and Bisek; Heller (W) and Bouley; NP Hits: Kubes

Raiders 9, Trojans 4

The Trojans closed out their conference season with a 9-4 loss to Northfield Friday, May 20.

The Raiders scored all their runs in the first four innings, eight of them off starter Andy Shetka. New Prague trailed 4-0 in the fourth before they scored their first run, when Bisek and Kubes singled, Gill walked to load the bases and Shetka grounded to short, bringing home Bisek. It was 9-1 in the fifth when Simon and Bisek both singled. Both advanced on a passed ball and Simon came home on a wild pitch.

The Trojans got two more in the seventh when Goldsmith drew a leadoff walk and Simon homered.

May 20, at Northfield

New Prague 000 110 2 — 4 9 1

Northfield 031 500 x — 9 12 0

Shetka (L, 1-1), Kubes and Bisek, DeLuca; Rasmussen and na; NP Hits: Goldsmith, Simon 2 (HR), Bisek 3, Kubes, Hertaus, Gill 2b

Trojans 10, Falcons 0

New Prague closed out its regular season with a game against Faribault. The Trojans dominated play, using three pitchers for a complete game shutout as they defeated the Falcons 10-0.

The Trojans wasted no time in getting on the board. Mike Goldsmith singled and Kyle Kalina was hit by a pitch. Josh Simon hit a double to drive in a run, then Eric Bisek drove in two more with a base hit. He later scored on a passed ball.

In the second, with two outs, Goldsmith singled and Kalina was hit by a pitch. Simon doubled, driving both runners in, but was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a triple.

In the fourth, Ryan Jirak singled and advanced on a passed ball. He scored on a base hit by Simon.

The game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning on the 10-run rule, as six batters came to the plate and all had hits for New Prague. Goldsmith led off with a double and Tyler Seurer had an infield single. Josh Simon singled to load the bases, and pinch hitter Evan Schoenecker singled, driving in two runs. Jon Beckius got a base hit to reload the bases, and pinch hitter Mark Laban ended the game with a line shot to right, scoring Simon.

May 23, at New Prague

Faribault 000 000 — 0 3 1

New Prague 420 103 — 10 15 0

Dunker (L), na, and Polzin, na; Simon (W, 3-3), Bartelt, Bergstrom and Bisek; NP hits: Goldsmith 4 (2b), Seurer, Simon 4 (2-2b), Bisek, Schoenecker, Beckius, Laban, Hertaus, JIrak

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