New Market clinches playoff bye in DRS play

The New Market Muskies didn’t play any league games last week, but they clinched a bye into the double-elimination portion of the Region 3C playoffs. The Muskies have a 16-0 record and a 5-1/2 game lead over second-place St. Patrick with the season entering its final four weeks. The top four teams get first-round byes, with the remaining teams competing in best-of-three series to qualify for the region playoffs. Besides New Market, St. Patrick, Montgomery and Prior Lake currently hold on to the top four spots.

New Prague, Montgomery and Faribault each won two games last week.

Tuesday, June 18 Orioles 5, Aces 2 Veteran right-hander Zach Sirek pitched 6-2/3 innings, giving up just one hit, to lead New Prague to a 5-2 win over Lonsdale. The Orioles scattered nine hits throughout the game and picked up five runs through the middle innings. Justin Novak and Eric Wagner each had two hits and both drove in runs to lead the Orioles at the plate. Ben Buthe had a hit and two stolen bases and Sirek had a hit, a stolen base and scored twice. The Aces mounted a comeback in the ninth, scoring two runs off reliever James Fuerniss, but Fuerniss shut the door by striking out the final two hitters. For the Aces Thomas Hoppert and Ross Beumer had hits, Peter Grassl and Marty Kalina both scored. Joe Sabal took the loss.

Wednesday, June 19 Mudcats 2, Sox 1 Jake Lehrer and Brad Schottenrock each had two hits for Prior Lake as the Mudcats defeated Webster 2-1. Erik Thorberg had two hits for the Sox. Luke Weber allowed just three hits and struck out five to get the win. Jarod Opsahl took the loss.

Coyotes 1, Mallards 0 Chris Isensee of Shakopee out bested Robbie Marschall of Montgomery in a pitcher’s duel as the Coyotes defeated the Mallards 1-0. Isensee allowed just three hits, including a double by Johnny Krocak. Andy Lazzari drove in Nicholas Warren in the eighth with the game’s only run. Jordan Cardey and Tanner Graff had two hits each for the Coyotes.

Warriors 7, Bulldogs 3 Veseli got the scoring started in the top half of the first inning with a two-run home run by Ben Doerr and the claimed a 7-3 win over Union Hill. Union Hill would piece together four hits in the bottom half of the first to score three runs on Conrad Masberg’s bases-clearing double. The Warriors would respond in the top half of the third inning with two more runs of their own to regain the lead. They would not look back. The Warriors would add to their lead with one run in the fifth, one in the seventh and one in the ninth. Conrad Masberg took the loss for the Bulldogs. Will Forberg earned the win for the Warriors.

Express 5, Lakers 1 Elko defeated Faribault 5-1. No details were provided.

Irish 17, Saints 6 St. Patrick banged out 15 hits in a 17-6 win over St. Benedict Wednesday at St. Benedict. Seth Ambroz and Christian Medick both homered. Ambroz and Will Walsh had three hits each and Ryan Friedges had two. Bill Dunker got the win in relief of Josh Simon. The Saints’ Andrew Huss and Carter Hodapp both had three hits, with Hodapp getting a home run and two doubles. Trey Kocher also homered for one of his two hits. Paul Hentges was tagged with the loss.

Friday, June 21 Lakers 11, Aces 3 Lonsdale scored in the top of the first, but Faribault answered with three in the bottom of the inning and went on to an 11-3 win. The Lakers were led by Jack Helgeson, who went 5-for-5 and Joey Grote had three hits, including a home run, and five RBIs. Blake Langerud added two runs. Lonsdale’s Jack Skluzacek went 3-for-4, including a home run, and Devin Vosejpka had two hits, including a double. Tyler Francis pitched seven innings for the win, with Jimmy Roberts pitching the final two. Isaac Pint started and took the loss for Lonsdale, with Brad Davis pitching in relief.

Saturday, June 22 Mallards 5, Saints 4 Ted Christian struck out 13 and pitched a complete game as Montgomery defeated St. Benedict 5-4. Johnny Krocak and Ryan Iverson both homered for the Mallards.

Irish 15, Bulldogs 0 St. Patrick’s Blake Woodson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning until Danny Beckius doubled to left field for Union Hill’s only hit of the day as the Irish defeated the Bulldogs 15-0. Woodson, in his Irish debut, went 5-1/3 innings, allowing no runs and one hit, while walking three. He hit four batters. Kyle Rhodus and Seth Ambroz went 3-for-3 with Ambroz adding in four RBIs. Derrick Issacson went 3-for-4 and Jack Friedges and Joe Weiers both went 2-for-4. Five Bulldog errors also helped the St. Patrick offense.

Sunday, June 23 Lakers 10, Mudcats 0 Faribault scored in six of their eight at-bats and defeated Prior Lake 10-0 in eight innings. Blake Langerud went 5-for-5, Dylan O’Neil had three hits, including two doubles, while Matt Lane had two hits, including a home run. Dylan Valentyn also homered for Faribault. Lane took the win, going six innings and allowing just two hits. Jack Helgeson pitched two innings and allowed two hits. For the Mudcats, Luke Weber and Jonny Huston both doubled. Topher Rose took the loss on the mound.

Bulldogs 12, Aces 8 Union Hill defeated Lonsdale 12-8. Dan Meger collected the win in relief of Dan Feneis. Tyler Milford took the loss in relief of Phil Tisdel. Justin Johnson had a two-run homer in the seventh and Isaac Pint had two hits for Lonsdale. Union Hill had 15 hits, with Danny Beckius getting four, Jack Becker and Jay Skogerboe three each and Zack Dubanoski two.

Mallards 9, Sox 7 Montgomery scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning to claim a 9-7 win over Webster. Montgomery overcame a 7-3 deficit with three runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to tie the game. Johnny Krocak went 4-for-6 with a double a homer and four RBIs, and pitched the final 2-2/3 innings for the win. Pat Lloyd had two hits and Cole Pint and Aaron Dwyer both had two RBIs. Gage Bergmann had three hits for Webster and Adam Schmitz, Will Chalmers, Marcus Pleiss, Jarod Opsahl, Max Drexl and Brent Cheneyhad two hits each. Opsahl took the loss for the Sox.

Saints 10, Warriors 0 St. Benedict defeated Veseli 10-0 in seven innings Sunday in St. Benedict. Jeremy Heitkamp and Matthias Duevel combined for a two-hit shutout. Carter Hodapp homered and doubled twice. Mitchell Martin also homered and had three hits. Trey Kocher was the third Saint with three hits. Veseli's hits were from Neil Engler and Andrew Picka. Matt Perkinson took the loss.

Orioles 7, Irish 2 Spencer Kajer and Nathan Sprouls had big days in helping the Orioles to a 7-2 win over St. Patrick. Kajer had four hits with an RBI and Sprouls picked up the win by pitching all nine innings, allowing one earned run. Justin Novak, James Fuerniss and Austin Bachman each had two hits, including an RBI double from Fuerniss that scored Bachman. Eric Wagner, Simon Solheid and Collin Dorzinski also had hits for the Orioles. Seth Ambroz was the leading hitter for the Irish with a pair of singles and a run scored off of a double by Will Walsh. Also with hits for the Irish were Kyle Rhodus, Matt Pexa, Derek Isaacson, Joe Weiers and Kyle Sticha. Zack Seurer started for the Irish and pitched well but took the loss.

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