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Union Hill, Faribault and New Prague still alive at state


Three Dakota-Rice-Scott Baseball League teams remain alive in the State Class C Tournament, being held in Hamburg, Norwood and Green Isle.

Union Hill won its first tournament game, after a first round bye, defeating Milroy 6-1. Faribault defeated Midway 6-4 and New Prague scored a first inning run and made it hold up in a pitcher’s duel against Chokio.

The only DRS team to lose in the tournament’s second weekend was New Market, which tried to rally with three runs in the ninth inning, but lost to Kimball 5-3.

All three DRS teams will be in action on Saturday in the round of 16 as the tournament enters its final weekend. Winners will play again on Sunday, with the quarterfinals and semifinals scheduled for that day. The state championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Green Isle.

Bulldogs 6, Irish 1 Union Hill spotted Milroy a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but took charge from there, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second on their way to a 6-1 win in their state tournament opener. Union Hill loaded bases in the second inning scored three runs to grab a 3-1 lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs added two more in the fourth and another in the fifth as they out-hit the Irish 10-6. Brian Lindner drove in two runs and Nathan Berg had two hits for the Bulldogs in the win. Conrad Masberg and Eric Bisek also had RBIs. Derek Masberg pitched 7- 2/3 innings, allowing just five hits and striking out four. Montgomery draftee John Krocak pitched 1-1/3 innings of relief.

Lakers 6, Snurdbirds 4 Matt Lane pitched a complete game and had three hits to lead Faribault to a 6-4 win over the Midway Snurdbirds in Green Isle. Lane struck out nine batters. The Lakers had the first four batters reach base in the second as they built a 6-0 lead. The Snurdbirds chipped away, but couldn't put up any big numbers against Lane. Besides Lane’s three hits, Christian Von Ruden, Joey Grote and Ryan Archambault each had two hits.

Orioles 1, Coyotes 0 James Fuerniss drove in Austin Bachman in the top of the first inning and that run proved to be the only one of the game as New Prague defeated Chokio Sunday, Aug. 27, in Norwood. New Prague pitcher Nathan Sprouls was dominant, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning and allowing just three in eight innings while striking out 12 and walking none. Draftee Trevor Smisek of Montgomery earned the save, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth and striking out one. Fuerniss went 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch, reaching base three times. New Prague managed just four hits off of Colton Vein, a draftee from Montevideo, who went all nine innings for Chokio. Aaron Shetka and Taylor Lambrecht had the other two hits.

Express 5, Muskies 3 New Market trailed 5-0 going into the ninth inning and saw a ninth-inning rally that fell short in a 5-3 loss. Andy Henkemeyer blasted a two-run home run in the ninth. Nick Rost drove in the other Muskie run on a sacrifice fly, scoring his brother Nate. Nate Rost was the losing pitcher, allowing seven hits and five runs in eight innings while striking out eight. Kimball pitcher Ben Johnson went 7-1/3 innings, allowing just two hits to get the win.

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