Big innings the story in DRS opening weekend

Big innings led to big wins for three Dakota-Rice-Scott League baseball teams on the first day of the regular season Sunday, April 28.

New Market scored eight runs in the 11th inning to defeat St. Benedict 10-2, Prior Lake used a nine-run sixth to power their way to a 13-3 win over Shakopee and St. Patrick broke open a close game with a seven-run seventh inning to claim an 8-0 win over Lonsdale. Also on Sunday, Faribault defeated Webster 7-4, Veseli defeated Union Hill 4-3 and Montgomery registered a 4-0 win over New Prague.

Sunday, April 28 Mudcats 13, Coyotes 3 Prior Lake broke open a pitcher’s duel with nine runs in the sixth inning on their way to a 13-3 win over Shakopee. After five innings of scoreless baseball, The Mudcats’ offense erupted. Singles by Luke Weber and Cole Bjorge got things started for Prior Lake, which benefitted from an error, multiple walks and wild pitches. Weber and Bjorge both had two hits in the inning. Prior Lake added three more in the eighth with the help of a Parker Hafermann double and three errors. Ben Morrison allowed one hit and struck out five in five innings of work to get the win, and Justin Hackett pitched three innings for the save. Jesse Nystrom took the loss for Shakopee. Zak Hoffman homered in the eighth for the Coyotes for one of his two hits, and also pitched the final three innings. Weber and Bjorge had three hits each and Johnny Houston added two.

Muskies 10, Saints 2 New Market and St. Benedict went into extra innings, and the Muskies scored eight runs in the top of the 11th to defeat the Saints 10-2 in their season opener at St. Benedict. Muskies’ newcomer Tony Vocca squared off against St. Benedict’s Alex Donkens and both pitchers were effective. The Saints scored in the first inning after Jeremy Heitkamp singled and three batters later Wade Olsen drove him in with a double to the left center field gap. Olsen had two hits to lead the Saints offense. New Market tied it when Kyle Bergstrom had a lead off walk, advanced to second on a Tyler Bergstrom single, stole third base and then scored on a suicide squeeze by David Stewart. New Market took a 2-1 lead in the ninth when Mike Niemcyzk singled, was sacrificed to second by Scotty Lyden, and scored on a hit by Vocca. Vocca hit the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning and that allowed the Saints to tie the game later in the inning on a fielder’s choice by Cole Minnick, sending it to extra innings. In the decisive 11th, Niemcyck had two hits and two RBIs, and Scott Lyden had two hits as well. Niemcyzk had four hits on the day. Vocca struck out 15 batters for New Market. Derek Bergstrom pitched the final two innings to get the win, striking out four and allowing just one hit.

Irish 8 Aces 0 Zach Seurer threw seven innings of scoreless baseball, striking out seven batters to get the win as St. Patrick defeated Lonsdale 8-0 in St. Patrick. St. Patrick scored a run in the first with Nick Spitt getting a single and scoring on a double by Seth Ambroz. The Irish scored seven runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Spitt, Ryan Friedges, Don DeLuca, and Ambroz had two hits apiece. Ambroz had a two-run homer in the seventh to go with his double and had three RBIs for the game. Matt Ambroz also knocked in a pair of runs. For Lonsdale, Joe Sabal, Thomas Hoppert, Peter Grassland, and Phil Tisdel each had hits. Sabal took the loss for the Aces.

Lakers 7, Sox 4 A four-run fifth inning propelled Faribault to a 7-4 win over Webster Sunday in Webster. The Lakers took a 2-0 lead, but Webster scored four in the third to go up 4-2. Brent Cheney and Marcus Pleiss had RBIs in the inning. Faribault went up 6-4 after five and added a run in the eighth for the final tally. Jack Helgeson had three hits and two RBIs and Joey Grote and Matt Lane had two hits each for the Lakers. The Sox had two hits each from Adam Schmitz and William Chalmers. Tyler Francis pitched three innings of onehit baseball to get the win. Helgeson started and pitched four innings, striking out 11. He allowed four runs, only one of them earned. Jimmy Roberts got the save. John Barten started and went three innings for Webster .Jack Meyer took the loss, with Chalmers pitching 3-1/3 inning of one-hit relief, striking out five.

Warriors 4, Bulldogs 3 The Veseli Warriors hosted the Union Hill Bulldogs to kick off the 2019 DRS season on a cool windy day. Union Hill struck first with a two-out single scoring two runs off the bat of Dusty Steinhoff in the top half of the first inning. The Warriors answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the second inning. The Bulldogs added a run in the third off the bat of Adam Giesen. Veseli tied it in the fifth stringing together a walk, single, fielder’s choice and eventually scoring a run off of a Union Hill error. The game remained tied until the bottom half of the seventh when Ben Doerr delivered an RBI single with what proved to be the winning run. Derek Masberg took the loss for the Bulldogs. Jackson Jirik got the win for the Warriors with Matt Perkinson getting the save. Conrad Masberg finished the day with two doubles to lead Union Hill, while Corey Friedges received 3 walks and scored two of the Warriors’ four runs.

Mallards 4, Orioles 0 Montgomery hosted the New Prague Orioles at Ray Plut Field in Le Center and claimed a 4-0 win over the visiting Orioles. The Mallards were able to scratch out three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Robbie Marshall picked up the win for the Mallards, with Ted Christian, John Krocak and Trevor Smisek all contributing to the shutout. Zach Sirek picked up the loss for the O’s. Tom Flicek had two hits for the Mallards.

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