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DRS teams will be busy in second half of season
With the Dakota-Rice- Scott baseball season at the midway point on the calendar, most teams will have a busy schedule to make up lost games due to the rain.
Only four teams - Montgomery, Prior Lake, New Market and St. Patrick - have played as many as 10 of their 23 games. The league season concludes in six weeks, as all games must be completed by July 21.
Montgomery, Prior Lake and New Market continue to lead their respective divisions. New Market has the best record in the league, at 9-1, and has a 1-game lead over St. Patrick in the Blue Division. Prior Lake (8-3) leads by 2-1/2 games over St. Benedict in the White Division, while Montgomery (5- 5) has a 1-1/2 game lead over Faribault in the Red Division.
League standings and next week’s schedule can be found in an ad on Page 10.
Tuesday, June 4 Elko 14, Lakeville 1 The Express lost a nonleague game to Lakeville, 14-1.
Wednesday, June 5 Shakopee 4, Veseli 1 Shakopee defeated Veseli 4-1 in a league game. No other information was available.
Thursday, June 6 Prior Lake 6, St. Patrick 4 Prior Lake took a 5-1 lead in the seventh and held off a late Irish rally for a 6-4 win over St. Patrick.
Ryan White was the winning pitcher for the Mudcats, while Seth Ambroz took the loss. Ben Morrison made the save.
White went seven innings allowing only two hits and an unearned run. Prior Lake had five hits, a sacrifice and a walk in their big seventh inning. Base hits were by Ryan Rose, Lake Lehrer, Gary Mariscal and Morrison, with Casey Johnson getting a double.
St Patrick loaded the bases in the ninth and got a two-run single by Matt Pexa, but Morrison shut the door for the save.
Pexa had two hits for the Irish, while Johnson and Rose, had two hits each for the Mudcats.
New Prague 7, Faribault 5 New Prague defeated Faribault 7-5. No highlights were available on this game.
Friday, June 7 St. Patrick 7, Veseli 3 St. Patrick scored five runs in the seventh inning to take a 7-3 win over Veseli.
Matt Ambroz hit a solo home run to open the inning. Seth Ambroz followed with a double, then scored on a single by Derek Hahn. After a walk by Auggie Isaacson, Matthew Pexa drove in a pair of runs with a base hit. Wade Schuknecht drove in the final run with a hit.
Josh Simon homered for St. Patrick in the first inning.
Veseli scored single runs in the second, third and sixth innings. Eric Steinhoff and Matt Novak both went 2-for- 4 and Casey Berens was 2- for-3.
Simon got the win for St. Patrick, while Berens was tagged with the loss.
Prior Lake 11, Montgomery 8 Montgomery scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send this game into extra innings. Prior Lake scored twice in the top of the 14th, but the Mallards answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Prior Lake won the game in the top of the 16th, with two more runs, which Montgomery was not able to respond to.
Phil Worm went 6-for-8 for the Mallards. Ben Morrison got the win, with Mike Flicek taking the loss.
New Prague 11, Webster 8 The Orioles and Sox took turns scoring a bunch of runs in this game. Jake Malz started the game for the O's and pitched a no-hitter through 5 innings. New Prague scored 7 of their 11 runs in the first 3 innings off of Webster starter John Barten.
The game's big inning came in the third when the Orioles started off with consecutive singles by Dan Novak, Ross Skluzacek, and Teddy Nytes. Justin Novak delivered the big hit with a two-run single. Austin Bachman and Nytes both had two hits while Eric Wagner led the O's with three singles.
New Prague added four in the fourth, but that would be all as lefthander Alex Fisher came on and cooled of the Oriole bats, striking out 11 batters in the final five innings.
Webster scored two runs in the eighth inning off Oriole reliever Brok Schwarzkopf. Nate Nielsen had a leadoff double followed by a Marcus Pleiss walk. Both runners came home on a John Barten single.
Webster batters made the New Prague crowd uneasy in the ninth inning when they scored four more runs, making the final 11-8. Jason Nelson started the inning off with a double, followed by three walks and a single. Orioles veteran Dan Novak came in and got the save for New Prague.
Lonsdale 10, Le Sueur 9 The Aces defeated Le Sueur 10-9 in Lonsdale in a non-league game.
Saturday, June 8 Montgomery 6, New Prague 4 The Mallards scored four runs in the first two innings and went on to a 6-4 win over New Prague at Montgomery.
Dalton Zeug and John Krocak both went 3-for-4 and Mike Flicek was 2-for-3 to lead the Mallards. Robbie Marshall got the win, and Chad Skluzacek took the loss for New Prague. Phil Worm got a save.
Sunday, June 9 Faribault 7, Montgomery 4 The Lakers scored three runs in the top of the eighth to earn a 7-4 win over Montgomery Evan Knutson got the win for Faribault, while Robbie Marshall took the loss.
Kyle Kubes, Tyler Bednar and Steve Rosier each had two hits for the Mallards.
St. Patrick 6, Shakopee 4 Derek Isacson went five innings and allowed four runs to pick up the win for St. Patrick. Bill Dunker pitched four innings for the save.
Andy Lazzari took the loss for the Coyotes.
Andrew Zellman had two singles to lead the Shakopee attack. Nick Sampson blasted three hits for the Irish, while Ben Doerr and Dunker both had doubles.