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Union Hill wins White

Division by one game

Union Hill's Bulldogs finished in first place in the White Division standings of the Dakota-Rice-Scott league by one game over Montgomery with wins over St. Benedict and Prior Lake during the past week as the regular season ended.

A flurry of postponed games was made up in the last three weeks and all games were played before league playoffs, which are now underway

The final week's results:

Tuesday, July 20

New Prague 4, Elko 2

The Orioles, playing their best game of the season, defeated Elko 4-2 at the New Prague baseball park.

Three first-inning runs put New Prague ahead as Dan Shetka and Sam Gross opened with singles and Chad Thorp was hit by a pitch. After a pitching change and one out, Angel Cortez hit a two-run double to left center and Derek Fautsch's sacrifice fly scored the third run.

Oriole mound starter Chad Skluzacek kept the Express off the board until the sixth when Josh Thom singled and Jeff Joosten doubled to make it 3-1. Joosten scored after one out as Justin Bailey and Tres Humerickhouse each singled. On came Cortez to pitch three-hit ball for 32/3 innings to get the save.

New Prague added a run in its sixth as Brandon Busch doubled to left and Shetka doubled him in after two outs.

Andrew Lyke pitched well for Elko in relief, allowing one run and six hits in nine innings, while striking out nine.

The line score: R H E

Elko Express................000 002 000 - 2 10 1

New Prague Orioles.....300 001 00x - 4 8 0

Andrew Koppen, Andrew Lyke and Josh Thom. Chad Skluzacek, Angel Cortez (51/3) and Sam Gross.

Montgomery 5, Shakopee 2

The Coyotes scored two runs in the first in this makeup at Montgomery but were shut down after that as Chris Ziskovsky pitched scoreless ball for the last eight innings, striking out five.

Pat Schmitt and Brian Brown singled and doubled as the game opened and scored on a ground out and Ben Von Bank's single for Shakopee's only runs.

Ziskovsky batted in a run for Monty in the third inning and the Mallards took the lead in the fifth as a walk and two errors scored a run and Robert Weaver, who finished with three hits, followed with a three-run home run, making it 5-2.

The line score: R H E

Shakopee Coyotes .......200 000 000 - 2 7 2

Montgomery Mallards ...001 040 00x - 5 6 2

Midke Wolf and Jason Young. Chris Ziskovsky and Bert Westerman.

Wednesday, July 21

Union Hill 10, St. Benedict 1

Matt Sticha pitched a two-hitter at Union Hill in a makeup played as a St. Benedict home game. Sticha also helped himself at bat with two hits including a seventh inning homer with one on.

The two hits by St. Benedict came in the sixth inning and were singles by Andrew Pint and Adam McMahon, which scored their only run.

Jesse Bastyr had three hits for the Bulldogs, - two singles and a run-scoring triple; Brian Giesen, Phil Giesen and Sean O'Neill hit doubles; and Rick Bell drove in two runs with a single.

On the mound, Sticha went the distance and struck out 11. Keith Plekkenpol pitched in relief for the Saints and struck out seven in three innings.

The line score: R H E

Union Hill Bulldogs......030 021 220 - 10 13 3

St. Benedict Saints......000 001 000 - 1 2 6

Matt Sticha and John Masberg. Al McHugh, Keith Plekkenpol (7) and Keith Plekkenpol, Jason Plekkenpol (7).

Saturday, July 24

Veseli 8, Prior Lake 4

The Warriors capitalized on errors and opportune hits to defeat the Prior Lake at Veseli, 8-4.

Veseli trailed 4-2 after six complete innings but came up with three runs in both the seventh and eighth for the win.

Neil Fischer hit a base-clearing, two out double in the seventh and singles by Ed Shimota and Steve Olson drove in three runs in the eighth. Olson totaled four runs batted in.

Greg Faue singled in the first Prior Lake run and Ben Schmidt drove in three other runs with singles.

Dan Novak was the winning pitcher.

The line score: R H E

Prior Lake Mudcats.......200 002 000 - 4 6 4

Veseli Warriors..............100 001 33x - 8 9 0

Jake Schmidt, Ryan White (7) and Greg Faue. Joe Friedges, Dan Novak (6), Steve Olson (8) and Dan Novak, Eric Ceplecha (6).

Shakopee 6, New Market 0

Travis Holte pitched a six-hit shutout at Hillside Park as the Coyotes defeated New Market, 6-0.

Brent Newman hit a solo home run, Pat Schmitt hit a triple, Joe Colling a double, and Noah Hoffman singled in two runs. Two Shakopee runs were unearned.

D.J. Damberger and Brad Fredrickson Jr. hit doubles for the Muskies.

The line score: R H E

Shakopee Coyotes........000 111 201 - 6 7 3

New Market Muskies ....000 000 00x - 0 6 3

Travis Holte and Corey Fonder. D.J. Damberger, Dan Chies (61/3) and Brad Fredrickson Jr.

St. Benedict 8, Webster 6

The Saints led from the start, outhitting Webster and then held off Sox rallies in the late innings to record an 8-6 win.

Adam McMahon led the St. Benedict batters with 4 for 5, including two doubles and Jon Deutsch batted 2 for 4 and scored three runs.

Mike Brown hit a two-run double for Webster in the eighth inning during a three-run rally.

The line score: R H E

Webster Sox.................000 001 230 - 6 6 2

St. Benedict Saints .......113 012 00x - 8 10 1

Dane Thomforde, Tom Simek (7) and Tim Pekarna. Scott Eischens, Vaughn Lovely (71/3), Steve Weiers and Jake Lucas.

Sunday, July 25

Elko 7, St. Patrick 4

The Express outhit and defeated St. Patrick at Bonin Field with Neil Petrash driving in three runs for Elko with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning, which tied the score at 3-3, and a two-run double in the ninth.

Jeff Joosten helped the Elko batting attack with four singles and Josh Thom hit a double.

St. Patrick was led by Jeff Bjerke, who poled two-run homer in the first inning and totaled three hits. Matt Ambroz hit a fourth-inning double.

The line score: R H E

Elko Express.................200 110 012 - 7 14 3

St. Patrick Irish .............210 000 010 - 4 10 2

Nick Davis and Josh Thom. Tom Kreuser, Paul Tisdale (7) and Matt Pexa.

New Prague 12, Webster 2 (7 inn.)

Scoring in each of the first five innings, the New Prague Orioles beat Webster on the Sox diamond, 12-2.

Eric Chlan pitched the seven-inning distance for New Prague, striking out seven and throwing a two-hitter. The two hits were a two-run double by Kyle Chlan and a single by Travis Groth.

Drew Fautsch and Angel Cortez each drove in three runs for the Orioles. Cortez batted 3 for 3 and Fautsch doubled twice. Marty Kadrlik, Bob Connelly and Chad Thorp had two hits each with Kadrlik hitting a double.

The line score: R H E

New Prague Orioles .......222 330 0 - 12 12 2

Webster Sox...................020 000 0 - 2 2 2

Eric Chlan and Marty Kadrlik. Paul Evans, Joe Dvorak (1/3), Adam Becker (31/3) and Tim Pekarna, Chris Hirdler (5).

Veseli 14, Shakopee 8

Playing at home for the second day in a row, Veseli had three big innings to down the Coyotes, 14-9, in a slugfest in which there were 25 total hits.

Shakopee led from the start. Veseli came back with a five-run third and three-run fourth to twice regain the lead. Single runs after that and a four-run seventh kept the Warriors in front.

A single by Noah Hoffman and double by Travis Holt scored three Shakopee runs in the first, and a Pat Schmitt double and Joe Colling triple scored one in the second.

Colling, Josh Gregor and Schmidt drove in the other Coyotes' runs.

Neil Fischer hit a base-clearing double in the third inning and Jeff Steinhoff clouted a long, two-run homer.

The fifth inning runs scored on a double by Steve Olson and singles by Dustin Steinhoff and Ed Shimota.

Brian Pumper's single and Chad Krenik's double scored later runs with a hit batter, passed balls and walks helping out.

The line score: R H E

Shakopee Coyotes......310 200 020 - 8 11 4

Veseli Warriors.............005 311 40x - 14 14 1

Mike Wolf, Brent Newman (6), Noah Hoffman (7) and Corey Fonder. Dan Novak, Dustin Steinhoff (6) and Eric Ceplecha, Dan Novak (6).

Union Hill 4, Prior Lake 0

Three Bulldogs' pitchers combined to strike out 13 Prior Lake batters as Union HIll blanked the Mudcats at Veterans Field, 4-0.

Union Hill scored in four different innings with Rick Bell, with a double, and and Adam Giesen, Luke Giesen and Matt Sticha, with singles, plating the runs.

Justin Schliep had three of Prior Lake's seven hits and Phil Giesen batted 2 for 3 for Union Hill.

The line score: R H E

Union Hill Bulldogs........100 100 100 - 4 8 2

Prior Lake Mudcats.......000 000 000 - 0 7 1

Rick Bell, Luke Giesen (5), Dan Finke (8) and John Masberg, Tony DeLuca (7). Justin Schliep, Andy Hanson (3), Steve Higgins (5), Rob Tschimperle (7) and Greg Faue, Tyson Geister (7).

New Market 6, St. Benedict 2

The Muskies scored three first-inning runs on Wes Straight's solo homer, singles by D.J. Damberger and Dan Chies and errors and kept the lead to defeat St. Benedict at the Saints park, 6-2.

Chies added a solo home run in the eighth during a two-run inning.

Brothers Jason and Keith Plekkenpol each hit a solo home run for St. Benedict, which accounted for their two scores.

Chad Johnson doubled for New Market in the sixth, but no run resulted.

Starter Jeremy Wieland was the winning pitcher.

The line score: R H E

New Market Muskies.....300 000 120 - 6 7 0

St. Benedict Saints........000 100 010 - 2 5 2

Jeremy Wieland, Wes Straight (6) and Wes Straight, Brad Fredrickson Jr. (6). Vaughn Lovely, Jeff Lucas (8) and Jake Lucas.

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DAKOTA-RICE-SCOTT BASEBALL LEAGUE

2004 FINAL STANDINGS

Red Division W L

Lonsdale Aces....................................19 3

St. Patrick ..........................................10........12

Shakopee Coyotes 9........13

New Market Muskies 5........17

White Division

Union Hill Bulldogs..............................17 5

Montgomery Mallards .........................16 6

Veseli Warriors....................................12.......10

New Prague Orioles 5....... 17

Blue Division

Elko Express.......................................16 6

St. Benedict Saints .............................11........11

Prior Lake Mudcats.............................10 .......12

Webster Sox 2....... 20

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