Mallards fly over Union Hill

With four big runs in the third inning, Montgomery topped Union Hill, 5-1, Sunday, July 23, avenging an early-season loss in Montgomery.

The Mallards used a balanced attack in the July 23 tilt. Five Ducks – Jack Barnett, Johnny Krocak, Ryan Iverson, Cole Pint and Ben Anderson – all scored runs in the win. Iverson and Pint each had two of the Mallards eight hits. One of Pint’s hits cleared the fence as he finished the game with three RBIs. Mike Flicek, Anderson, Krocak and Barnett also had hits for the Ducks. Pat Lloyd, Barnett and Iverson also reached base with walks for Montgomery.

Trailing 4-0, Union Hill’s lone run came in the fifth inning. It came when Joe Becker smacked a solo shot. Becker finished the game with four hits. Tanner Nordrum added two hits for the Bulldogs. They finished the game with nine hits. Conrad Masberg, Will Busch and Jacob Becker added hits for Union Hill.

The round-tripper aside, Montgomery pitchers Krocak and Anderson were rock solid. Krocak gave up the home run and scattered six other hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. Anderson pitched the final two innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three Bulldogs.

Masberg pitched five innings for the Bulldogs. He allowed four runs on five hits. Masberg struck out six and walked two Mallards. Charlie Otteson finished up for Union Hill. He allowed one run on three hits. Otteson struck out three and walked a batter.

Playoff seeding The regional playoff seedings for Class B and Class C teams will be published Sunday, July 30, following the day’s games. The region playoffs begin later in the week with the higher-seeded teams hosting games.

In other DRS games:

Prior Lake Mudcats 6, Lonsdale Aces 2 After the Aces tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, the Mudcats took control of the Sunday, July 2,3 clash with three runs in the home half of the inning and two more runs the following frame en route to a win at Prior Lake. Prior Lake took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Aces tied the score and grabbed momentum. But the Mudcats took over, building a 6-1 lead by the end of the seventh inning. Lonsdale managed just one more run. Ross Beumer hit a home run for the Aces only earned run. Pinch-hitter Brad Davis walked and eventually scored the Aces’ other run in the contest. The Mudcats had seven hitters with hits. Jonny Houston led the team with three hits and two runs scored in the win. John Parker, Cole Clausen, Ryan Wattermann, Cole Bjorge, Harry Fleek and Ben Morrison also had hits for Prior Lake. Clausen, Wattermann, Bjorge and Kyle O’Connor all scored runs for the Mudcats. Wattermann pitched eight strong innings for Prior Lake. He allowed five hits and two runs, one of which was earned. Wattermann struck out 11 Aces and walked just two Lonsdale hitters. Houston relieved him in the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out two.

St. Patrick Irish 7, New Market Muskies 6 (10 inns.) Ben Taxdahl’s walk-off home run gave the Irish a win Sunday, July 23, at Bonin Field. Jack Friedges hit two over the fence while Joe Weiers had two hits and three RBIs. St. Patrick pitcher Daniel Zang had nine strikeouts in six innings. Reliever Trevor Divinski got the win, allowing one hit in three innings of work. He struck out three Muskies.

Shakopee Coyotes 6, Webster Sox 1 Details of the July 23 game in Webster were not available when the paper went to press.

Webster Sox 7, St. Benedict Saints 2 Details of the July 22 game were not available when the paper went to press.

Lonsdale Aces 3, New Prague Orioles 2 (10 inns.) The Aces made the most of only four hits and seven walks to claim the bonus-baseball win Friday, July 21, in Lonsdale. A home run from Ross Beumer and two-RBI doubles from Jack Skluzacek gave the Aces the runs needed for a win. The Orioles forced an extra inning with two runs in the ninth frame. Gavin Bergman and Anthony Mader scored for New Prague. The Orioles outhit the Aces but once again had trouble driving in runs. The Orioles tied it up in the ninth inning when both Anthony Mader, Gavin Bergman and Tommy McBroom walked and Dan Ring singled in two. Jayce Luna started for the Orioles allowing two runs off of two hits. Jackson Sirek took the loss for the Orioles. Joe Malecha started for the Aces but Connor Crabtree took the win in relief.

St. Patrick Irish 2, Dundas Dukes 1 Details of the July 21 game in St. Patrick were not available when the paper went to press.

Veseli Warriors 8, Montgomery Mallards 6 The Warriors outlasted Montgomery, overcoming a fast start by the Mallards in the July 19 clash in Montgomery. The Ducks got out of the gate quickly, scoring three times in the first inning and once more in the third. But the Warriors rallied, scoring twice in the fourth inning and three more times in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. After the Mallards tied the game in the fifth inning, Veseli scored three times in the sixth, building a lead the Mallards couldn’t overcome. Montgomery added one final run in the eighth inning. The Warriors pounded out 11 hits, six for extra bases. Six Veseli players drove in runs and seven different players crossed the plate. Kyle Carlberg and Nick Spitt both had two RBIs. Spitt scored twice and Carlberg scored once. Matt Perkinson, Josh Simon, Riley Schaeffer and Beau Brantner also drove in runs for the Warriors. Brantner, Schaeffer, Mac Olson and Bryce Simon also scored for the Warriors. Max Krautkremer had a big day for Montgomery. He drove in two runs with two hits. Johnny Krocak, Ryan Iverson and Dawson Pint also had RBIs for the Ducks. Krocak scored twice for the Mallards. Pat Lloyd, Cole Pint, Iverson and Nolan Readmond all scored for Montgomery.

St. Patrick Irish 9, Dundas Dukes 8 Details of the July 19 slugfest in Dundas were not available when the paper went to press.

Rochester Royals 8, Elko Express 3 The Express committed seven errors and spent the night trying to play catchup in the July 19 setback in Rochester. Elko and the Royals both scored twice in the opening inning. From then on, Rochester controlled the game. They added a run in the fourth inning, two more in the fifth, one in the sixth inning and closed out the scoring with two runs in the eighth. The Express’ third, and final, run came in the fifth inning. Easton Richter, Dylan Thomas and Ryan Bastyr all drove in runs for the Express. Richter, Thomas and Chase Hentges all crossed the plate for Elko. Michael Rasmussen paced Elko with two hits. Carson Blasing, Trevor Rasmusson, Bastyr, Hentges, Thomas and Richter all had hits in the setback. Richter’s hit was a home run. But the Royals’ offense was too much for Elko. Along with the defensive miscues, Rochester had nine hits and three walks. Three of the Royals’ eight runs were unearned. Brady Bean took the loss for Elko. Striking out seven Royals and walking five, he allowed six runs, four of which were earned. Glenn Parker pitched the last two innings, surrendering two runs, one of which was earned. He struck out three Rochester hitters.

Faribault Lakers 11, New Prague Orioles 0 The Orioles had nine hits off of Lakers’ starter Jake Petricka but struggled to get hits with men in scoring position. Eric Wagner, Beau Plaisance and Paddy Timmer each had two hits in the July 19 clash. The Lakers capitalized on a couple of Orioles’ errors and a couple lost in the lights late in the game to open it up. Matt Lane, Jake Petricka, Danny Pierce and Joey Grote all had two hits apiece. James Fuerniss was the losing pitcher for the Orioles.

Veseli Warriors 5, Waterville Indians 0 The host Warriors limited Waterville to just four hits while pounding out 10 in the July 19 game. Pitcher Fierst struck out six Waterville hitters and allowed just one walk. Eddie Sirek had three hits and two RBIs for Veseli. Kyle Carlberg and Samuel Friedges also drove in runs for the victors. Carlberg, Beau Brantner, William Geis and Nick Geis scored Warriors’ runs. Nick Geis scored twice.

Webster Sox 9, Shakopee Coyotes 0 Details of the July 19 game were not available when the paper went to press.

Union Hill Bulldogs 7, St. Patrick Irish 1 Details of the July 18 tilt were not available when the paper went to press.

DRS Standings Team

.........................W.... L...T

New Market ......9.....10... 0

Webster.............14.....4.... 0

Elko...................6......2.... 0

Union Hill ........12.....7.... 0

Lonsdale...........11.....8.... 0

Montgomery.....10.....8.... 0

St. Patrick..........5......4.... 0

New Prague.......9......8.... 0

Faribault ............8......7.... 1

PL Mudcats.......8.....10... 0

St. Benedict.......3.....13... 1

Shak Coyotes ....3.....14... 0

Veseli Warriors..3.....15... 0

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