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Faribault, St. Benedict and New Market win titles
Faribault, St. Benedict and New Market won division championships in the Dakota- Rice-Scott league, which concluded regular season play Sunday, July 21.
New Market won the Blue Division with a league-best 19-4 record. two games ahead of St. Patrick. St. Benedict won the White Division with a 16-7 record, three games better than Prior Lake. Faribault claimed the Red Division title with a 10- 13 record, one game better than Montgomery.
Elko, which plays a partial league schedule, was undefeated at 12-0.
DRS Division playoffs are underway this week. Six best-of-three series are being played to determine seeding in the Region 3C Tournament, which begins Tuesday, July 30, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 11.
Monday, July 15 New Prague 3, St. Benedict 2 New Prague had just three hits, but it was good enough for the win. The Orioles scored two runs in the seventh inning off starter Steve Weiers for the comeback win. Dusty Beckius got the win for New Prague. Union Hill 1, Webster 0 The Bulldogs scored just one run, but that would be all they needed to defeat the Webster Sox. No other information was available.
Tuesday, July 16 Veseli 13, Arlington 2 Veseli defeated the Arlington A’s 13-2 in a non-league game at Arlington. Faribault 8, Union Hill 7 Faribault outlasted Union Hill 8-7. No other information was available.
Prior Lake 11, Lonsdale 7 Lonsdale jumped to a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning, but Prior Lake rallied with two in the sixth, five in the seventh, and four in the eighth. Lonsdale scored three in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Jake Schmidt pitched eight innings for the win. Brad Schoenrock pitched the ninth. Jerad Lehrer led the attack with four hits. Jake Lehrer had two key doubles and three RBIs. Levi Schneider and Mason Holmquist had two hits each.
Lance Anderson had two hits, including a double for Lonsdale. Phil Tisdel took the loss.
Wednesday, July 17 Faribault 18, Union Hill 4 The Lakers defeated Union Hill for the second time in two days, this time by an 18- 4 score. No details were available at press time.
Elko 2, Hastings 0 Elko defeated Hastings 2-0 in a non-league game.
St. Benedict 8, Prior Lake 2 St. Benedict won a key Blue Division game 8-2 over Prior Lake. Tanner Oakes pitched seven innings to take the win, with Jacob Wolf pitching two innings of relief. Ben Morrison took the loss for the Mudcats. Jacob Riesgraf, Tyler Oakes, Scott Eishens and Chris Hartman each had two hits for the Saints.
Thursday, July 18 Faribault 10, Veseli 4 Faribault handed Veseli a 10-4 loss in a DRS game. No other information was submitted.
St. Benedict 15, Webster 2 St. Benedict defeated Webster 15-2 in eight innings in Elko. Tom Kreuser was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings of one-hit baseball. Webster had seven hits in two innings against the Saints’ bullpen. St. Benedict had three players earn four hits. Chris Hartman, Tyler Oakes, and Brendan Heitkamp all hit safely four times. Oakes had three doubles.
Friday, July 19 Cannon Falls 11, Veseli 3 Cannon Falls defeated Veseli 11-3 in a non-league game. Shakopee 11, Prior Lake 6 Shakopee scored six runs in the eighth inning to claim an 11-6 win over Prior Lake. Brandon Brenner pitched four innings of relief and claimed the win. Jordan Gunhus had three hits, including a double and a triple, to lead the Coyotes. Dundas 4, Elko 3 Dundas defeated Elko 4-3 in a non-league game at Dundas.
Saturday, July 20 St. Benedict 12, Lonsdale 1 The Saints concluded their regular season with a 12-1 win over Lonsdale in seven innings Saturday in St. Benedict. Michael Pauly pitched six innings of one-hit baseball. Andrew Huss homered and Tyler Oakes had three RBIs for the Saints. The Aces’ lone hit of the game was a solo home run from Kevin Kalina in the sixth inning. Lance Anderson was the starting pitcher for Lonsdale. New Prague 11, Montgomery 4 Dan Novak was the winning pitcher as New Prague defeated Montgomery 11-4. Tyler Bednar had two hits for the Mallards, including a home run.
Sunday, July 21 St. Patrick 5, New Prague 2 St. Patrick scored four runs in the top of the 10th to take a 5-2 win over New Prague. The game was the completion of a game suspended due to weather on May 24. Seth Ambroz took the win and Chase Buthe was tagged with the loss.
With two outs in the 10th inning, Matt Ambroz hit a solo homerun, his third of the season to take the 2-1 lead. The Irish tacked on three more when Seth Ambroz doubled, Josh Simon singled, Mathew Pexa walked, and Dom DeLuca singled in a pair of runs.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th with nobody out, but scored just one run. Ambroz struck out the final two batters to end the game.
Austin Bachman and Justin Novak both had RBIs for the Orioles. Mathew Pexa had three hits and Matt Ambroz, Simon and DeLuca had two hits each for the Irish.
St. Patrick 3, New Prague 0 The Irish scored on a Colton Borwege sacrifice fly in the second inning, which would prove to be enough behind Irish starter Bill Dunker. Dunker went the distance, striking out eight and allowing three hits without a walk on 96 pitches. St. Patrick added on two runs late when Will Walsh hit a 2- out, 2-run double. Josh Simon was 2-4 with a double and Ben Doerr also came off the bench to hit a double.
New Market 11, Faribault 1 The Muskies scored six runs in the third inning, all with two outs. David Stewart started the rally with a double to left, Scott Lyden delivered an RBI single, Nate Rost a two-RBI double, Tyler Bergstrom an RBI single, and Nick Rost a single. Derek Bergstrom threw five innings of no-hit ball, striking out five and walking only two. Bryce Rippentrop pitched the last two innings, giving up only two hits and striking out three. Matt Stacker took the loss for Faribault. Union Hill 6, Veseli 5 The host Bulldogs ended the season at home on a winning note on fan appreciation day. No details were available. Montgomery 16, Webster 5 Montgomery scored three runs in three of the first four innings on their way to a 16- 5 win at Webster. Steve Rosier was the winning pitcher, striking out eight. Mike Sandmann took the loss.
Johnny Krocak was 4-for-6 at the plate with two doubles, and Eric Iverson was 2-for-6. Elko 6, Shakopee 0 Elko completed its undefeated season in the D-R-S with a 6-0 win at Shakopee Saturday.