St. Patrick wins, Union Hill loses at state tourney

The Sobieski Skis, champions of Region 8, defeated Union Hill of the Dakota-Rice-Scott baseball league, 3-1, last Saturday evening at Red Wing, thereby dropping the Bulldogs into the losers bracket of the double elimination State Class C baseball tournament.

St. Patrick's Irish continued their winning ways, defeating Carlos, 6-2, last Saturday to continue in the winners bracket of the tournament.

Union Hill's next game is Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. at Red Wing against Howard Lake, the Region 11 champion.

In a winner's bracket game to follow, St. Patrick meets the Rochester Blues, the Region 5 champion, at 7:30 p.m.

Sobieski 3, Union Hill 1

Union Hill had the first lead with a third-inning run. Rick Bell bunted with two outs and beat out the hit. Bell stole second base and Dan Novak, draftee catcher from Veseli, drew a walk. Dan Smith then singled through the infield into right field, Bell scoring.

Sobieski scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning as Nate Olson opened with a walk, stole second and advanced on a throwing error and scored on Scott Geiger's two-out single. Joe Thoma followed with a two-run homer over the left field fence.

Jason King, draftee from Randall, went the distance and was the winning pitcher.

The only other extra-base hit was a double by Union Hill's John Masberg in the second inning.

Beau Hanowski led the Skis at the plate with four singles in four at bats. Geiger and Thoma had two hits apiece.

For the Bulldogs, it was Jesse Bastyr and Novak with two hits each.

Union Hill had runners on base in three innings after the fourth but a double play, force outs at second base and outfield fly outs ended the threats.

The line score: R H E

Sobieski Skis...............000 300 000 - 3 9 0

Union Hill Bulldogs....001 000 000 - 1 8 1

Jason King and Scott Geiger. Matt Sticha, Jeremy Wieland (6) and Dan Novak.

St. Patrick 6, Carlos 4

Seven-hit pitching for eight innings by righthander Bill Dunker, a three-run fourth inning and two singles by Craig Boser, which drove in three runs, helped St. Patrick to a 6-4 win over the Carlos Cougars.

The Cougars picked up a run in the top of the first to take the first lead, but when the Irish had their first turn at bat, Josh Simon opened with a single and Mike Goldsmith doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Matt Pexa hit a sacrifice fly to right and John Johnson singled through the infield to left for a 2-1 lead.

St. Patrick gained a run in the third as Jeff Bjerke was hit by a pitch with two outs, Johnson walked and Craig Boser singled to left for the score. In the fourth, Simon singled with one out, Goldsmith and Pexa walked and Bjerke was hit again to force in a run. Boser singled again to left for two more runs.

The Irish then coasted along with a 6-1 lead until one out in the ninth when Dunker yielded a single to Chris Howell, his fourth, hit Troy Putnam and Greg Nathe singled to load the bases.

On came D.J. Damberger, draftee pitcher from New Market, in relief. Damberger walked the first batter he faced to force in a run, struck out the second, allowed a two-run single by Brad Nyberg and struck out the next batter to end the game.

Josh Simon led off two innings with hits for St. Patrick and scored two runs, and Nathe and Justin Steidl had two hits each for the Cougars.

The line score: R H E

Carlos Cougars ...........100 000 003 - 4 10 0

St. Patrick Irish...........201 300 00x - 6 7 2

Marc Craigmile, Mark Hoelscher (22/3), Neil Jenzen (5) and Neil Jenzen, Brad Nyberg (5). Bill Dunker, D.J. Damberger (81/3) and Matt Pexa.

Sunday's other scores

Blue Earth 3, Howard Lake 0

Rochester Blues 6, Maple Plain 2

This weekend's schedule

Friday

Blue Earth vs. Sobieski (winners bracket), 5:00 p.m. at Miesville.

Howard Lake vs. Union Hill (losers bracket), 5:00 p.m. at Red Wing.

Rochester Blues vs. St. Patrick (winners bracket), 7:30 p.m. at Red Wing.

Maple Plain vs. Carlos (losers bracket), 7:30 p.m. at Miesville.

Saturday

Rochester-St. Patrick loser vs. Union Hill-Howard Lake winner, 5 p.m. at Miesville

Blue Earth-Sobieski loser vs. Maple Plain-Carlos winner, 7:30 p.m. at Miesville

Sunday

Rochester-St. Patrick winner vs. Blue Earth-Sobieski winner, 11 a.m. at Miesville

Loser's bracket game, Saturday's winners, 1:30 p.m. at Miesville

Loser's bracket game, two teams with one loss, 5 p.m. at Miesville

Monday

Championship game, 11 a.m., at Red Wing

Second game, if needed, 1:30 p.m.

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