Irish all alone atop DRS standings

Lonsdale’s Isaac Pint slides safely into home under the tag of New Market catcher Jay Chlan. Lonsdale led early, but New Market came back to win the game 9-4. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The St. Patrick Irish stand alone atop the Dakota-Rice- Scott baseball standings with a 5-0 record. The Irish defeated Webster twice in the past week to keep their record perfect. New Market and Shakopee are one-half game back in the standings at 5-1.

The season heats up this weekend, with six games scheduled for Sunday and five more on Monday during the Memorial Day holiday.

Wednesday, May 16 Irish 15, Sox 0 Josh Simon pitched the first five innings and drove in four runs at the plate in a 15- 0 Irish win over Webster in Lonsdale Wednesday night. Kyle Rhodus made his season debut and contributed with a 3-for-3 night. Seth Ambroz had two hits and stole a pair of bases and Jace Westman was 2-for-3 with a triple and 3 RBIs. The Irish were assisted by nine walks and three hit batsmen by Sox pitching. Simon got the win, with Nick Friedges pitching two innings of relief. Each gave up one hit and struck out two. For Webster, John Barten started and took the loss, with Alex Peters, Jeff Fredrickson and Cole Giles pitching in relief. Brooks Prochaska and Adam Schmitz had the Webster hits.

Friday, May 18 Bulldogs 10, Mallards 4 The Ducks of Montgomery hosted Union Hill on Friday. Two dominant southpaws battled, in Trevor Smisek and Dan Fenies. Eric Bisek lead the ‘Dogs with four RBIs, two coming on a home run in the first inning. Dustin Steinhoff contributed two RBIs, while Peter Lim and Danny Beckius had one each. Bryan Lindner was strong at the plate collecting two hits and scoring three times. Mike Flicek and Smisek had two hits each for the Mallards.

Coyotes 8, Saints 1 Shakopee broke open a tight game with four runs in the fifth inning on their way to an 8-1 win over St. Benedict. Cody Pamperin pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and just one run while striking out eight. Zak Hoffman and Nicholas Warren each had two hits, with Warren and Lance Buchtel both picking up two RBIs. Wade Olsen ruined Pamperin’s shutout bid with a ninth-inning RBI, scoring Jeremy Heitkamp, who had two hits for the Saints. Shane Ahlbrecht took the loss for the Saints, with Cole Minnick and Jimmy Vollbrecht also pitching.

Muskies 9, Aces 4 New Market scored five runs in the top of the eight to claim a 9-5 win over Lonsdale Friday. The Muskies had three hits by Kyle Henkemeyer and Harry Ballantyne and a home run by Nick Rost. Nate Rost also had two hits, both doubles. Lonsdale’s Cole Pint went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Isaac Pint and Marty Kalina had two hits apiece. Riley Ahern started for New Market and went four innings, with Dylan Barth and Sean Flaherty coming on in relief. Barth got the win. Phil Tisdel started for Lonsdale and went five innings. Ryan Thomason took the loss.

Orioles 9, Sox 3 The Orioles scored early and often during the first 6 innings of the game and then were able to hold off a late Webster charge to hang on and get the win. Joel Zimmermann was the winning pitcher for the Orioles going 7 innings, giving up 3 runs and striking out 7. Jeremy Wieland started for the Sox and pitched all 8 innings while picking up the loss. For the Sox Brandon Sather had 2 hits and an RBI and Brent Cheney and Marcus Pleiss also had singles that drove in runs. For the Orioles Dan Novak had 3 singles and two RBI. Other Orioles with multiple hits were Austin Bachman, Zack Clark and Jake Klein. James Fuerniss pitched the final two innings for the Orioles striking out 4 and not allowing a hit.

Sunday, May 20 Mudcats 9, Bulldogs 8 Prior Lake rallied from a 6- 0 deficit with a run in the fourth inning and eight runs in the sixth to claim a 9-8 win over Union Hill Sunday, May 20. Luke Zweber started for Union Hill and went five innings, giving up only one hit and three runs while striking out seven. Ben Miller relieved Zweber and took the loss. Danny Beckius pitched the final three innings. Isaac Saad pitched six innings and was relieved in the seventh by Justin Hackett who pitched the final three innings for the save. The Mudcats took advantage of eight walks and six hit batsmen to go along with four hits. Union Hill had eight hits, with Bryan Lindner getting three of them.

Irish 7, Sox 2 St. Patrick jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back, taking a 7-2 win over Webster in the Sox’ home opener. Matt Ambroz went 3-for-5 with a double and six RBIs. Jordan Goracke and Kyle Sticha each had two hits, with Sticha getting the other RBI. Zach Seurer went seven innings, allowing four hits and one run for the win. He struck out nine. Phillip Garcia came on in relief and Bill Dunker pitched 1-2/3 innings and earned a save. Webster had six hits, two of them by Jake Ekness. Nate Nielsen and Marcus Pleiss had RBIs. Jarod Opsahl went seven innings and took the loss, with Zach Johnson pitching two innings of relief.

Muskies 7, Saints 0 Nate Rost pitched seven innings and allowed just two hits, striking out seven, and Derek Bergstrom pitched two innings of relief to lead New market to a 7-0 win over St. Benedict Sunday. Rost also homered to help his cause. Andy Henkemeyer had four hits, including a homer, and four RBIs. Nick Rost added two hits and an RBI. Jon Huss and Nick Heitkamp had the only Saint hits. Mathias Duevel started and took the loss. Nick Pauly pitched 5- 2/3 innings of relief.

Warriors 3, Orioles 1 Brian Schmitz got the win for Veseli pitching against his former team. Schmitz went seven innings and allowed five hits and no runs. Matt Perkinson got the save. The Warriors scattered five hits, two of them coming in the three-run fifth. Logan Reger had an RBI single and the other two runs scored on an error. Nathan Sproles gave up one earned run and struck out 11 over six innings in taking the loss. Jacob Mader had two hits, including a double, and drove in the Orioles’ lone run.

Lakers 7, Coyotes 2 Faribault scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Shakopee 7-2. It was the Coyotes’ first loss of the season. Matt Lane had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs to lead the Lakers, while Joey Grote also had two RBIs. Lane also had the win on the mound, pitching three innings of relief and allowing just two hits and striking out five. Jack Helgeson pitched six innings and allowed two runs and four hits while striking out six. Lance Buchtel had three hits and Zak Hoffman had a home run for the Coyotes. Chris Isensee started and went eight innings, allowing two runs and two hits while striking out 10. Jesse Nystrom took the loss in relief.

Express 14, Mallards 3 Elko defeated Montgomery 14-3 in seven innings. Dylan Thomas, TJ Evanson and Andrew Hanson homered for Elko, with Nick Bentley getting the complete game win.

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