Three wins for DRS teams in State Class C Baseball Tournament

Three games and three big wins for the DRS amateur baseball teams playing in the Class C State Tournament last weekend.

St. Patrick, Prior Lake, and Union Hill all advanced to the next round with victories.

The Irish defeated Regal, 5-1. Prior Lake scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat New Ulm, 13-10. Union Hill picked up a 12-7 win over Avon.

St. Patrick will play Rochester Saturday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. in Springfield.

Union Hill will play Lamberton Friday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Springfield.

Prior Lake will face Kimball at 5 p.m., Aug. 29 in Milroy.

New Prague received a first round bye. They will open their Class C State Tourney Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. in Milroy against Foley. Foley defeated Hanska, 8-7, in 11 innings.

Here is a look at the St. Patrick and Union Hill wins, courtesy of mnbaseball.org.

St. Patrick 5, Regal 1 From the crack of the bat there wasn’t much doubt about where the ball St. Patrick’s Matt Ambroz hit would land. The ball sailed well over the fence in left field in the bottom of the eighth with two runners on for a three-run home run to put the Irish up 5-1, which held up as the final score against Regal at Milroy Yankees Field. Ambroz, who went 2-for-4 smashed the 1-0 delivery to break open a tight game. The game stayed 1-1 from the fourth inning until the eighth. St. Patrick scored four runs in the eighth. Zak Endress, who had two hits, reached on a lead-off single, just the second lead-off hitter to reach in the game for the Irish. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error at third to give the Irish a 2-1 lead. It wasn’t so much a pitcher’s duel as it was a matchup of impenetrable defenses when Regal and St. Patrick met Sunday at Milroy Yankees Field. To be sure, Irish starting pitcher Collin Denk and Eagles starter Chris Beier twirled gems, but neither proved dominating. Instead they relied on their defense to make the plays and it typically did. Regal picked off two runners in the game, including one at second base and Blake Karsch made a sensational catch in the right center gap. Meanwhile St. Patrick kept turning double plays. The Irish turned two of them. Denk did his part, throwing a complete game. He allowed one run on eight hiTournamentHe walked one and struck out seven, including the last batter of the game. Beier matched Denk zero for zero most of the way in his start. He gave up five runs on nine hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six. Regal grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Derek Dengerud singled in Blake Karsch, who led off the inning with a walk. St. Patrick tied the game in the third inning when Jack Friedges singled with two outs, moved to second on a stolen base and scored on a single from Kyle Rhodus. Friedges and Jordan Goracke each had two hits. The Irish move on to play Rochester Saturday at 2 p.m. in Springfield.

Union Hill 13, Avon 7 Union Hill’s Jacob Becker wears a pair of gloves you’d find at the hardware store as batting gloves and he, along with the Bulldogs, were getting work done at the plate Saturday against Avon at Milroy in a 13-7 win. Becker went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs while Union Hill finished with 18 hits as a team. Nate Berg connected for a three-run shot in the eighth that gave the Bulldogs a seven-run cushion at the time. Berg finished 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles. Union Hill had six extra-base hits, including four doubles in the second inning to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Adam Geisen went 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI and Derek Masberg drove in a pair of runs. The Lakers weren’t slouches at the plate either and finished with 15 hits for the game to bring the total between the teams to 33. Becker drove in a pair of runs with a double in the second inning. Avon answered back in the bottom half with four runs. Caleb Curry drove in two and Bjorn Hansen and another to take a 4-3 lead. That lead didn’t last long when the Bulldogs scored twice in the top of the third to take a 5-4 lead. Becker collected his third RBI of the game with a single and passed ball allowed Jack Becker to score. The Lakers manufactured a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead 6-5. Avon loaded the bases when Matt Meyer singled and Hansen and Curry both drew walks. Riley Voit singled in a run and Cole Fuecker’s sacrifice fly to center field scored another. Union Hill wasn’t done and came back in the fifth inning to retake the lead with two runs to lead 7-6. Adam Geisen hit a lead-off single, Jack Becker reached on an error and after a sacrifice bunt, Jacob Becker drove in his fourth RBI of the game. Derek Masberg followed with a single to score another run. Union Hill finally got some breathing room in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 9-6. Conrad Masberg singled with one out and Nate Lee singled. A walk to Adam Geisen loaded the bases and an error in right field allowed Masberg to score. Lee later scored when Zach Dubanoski got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Adam Geisen, who had three hits and three runs drove in a run in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to make it 10-6. Avon kept coming and got a run back in the eighth inning when Cole Fuecker collected his second RBI with a single to score Riley Voit, who led off the inning with a double. Matt Meyer went 4-for-5 with two runs for the Lakers while Curry went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Riley Voit finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Conrad Masberg and Jack Kreutzian struggled on the mound for Union Hill until they gave way to Joe Becker. Becker threw the final 5 1/3 and held the Lakers to one run. He struck out one and walked none. Masberg and Kreutzian walked six in 4 2/3 innings. The Bulldogs move on to face Lamberton Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Springfield.

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