Four teams chasing St. Patrick for DRS baseball lead

By: 
Jay Schneider, The New Prague Times

Lonsdale Aces’ Cade Readmond makes a high catch while Montgomery Mallards’ Kayden Factor slides into second base on Friday, June 25. (Wade Young photo)

Only one game separates four teams vying for second place in the DRS Amateur Baseball Standings after games played Sunday, June 27.

St. Patrick, winners of 10 games in succession, is in first place with a 12-3 record. Prior Lake (9-4), Faribault (9-5), New Prague (8-5), and Union Hill (8-5) are battling for the second spot heading into the final month of the season

Faribault and New Prague have each won their last two games. The Orioles are 4-1 after a 4-4 start.

There were eight games played to start the week on Wednesday, June 23. Results included Veseli def. Morristown (7-3), Burnsville def. Prior Lake (7-3), New Prague defeated St. Benedict (5-2), Cannon Falls def. Faribault (10-7), Webster defeated Cleveland (6-3), Elko defeated Shakopee (12-1), St. Patrick defeated New Market (8-3) in seven innings, and Northfield defeated Lonsdale (6-3).

In the only DRS game Wednesday, the Orioles trailed early but used a three run 7th inning to secure the win over the Saints. Nathan Sprouls picked up the win while striking out 10 batters in seven innings of work. TJ Bergland pitched the last two innings and earned the save. Bryce Novak had a pair of hits and scored twice to lead the offense. James Fuerniss had the big hit of the game with a double that drove in two runs. Paddy Timmer and Anthony Mader also each added two hits and each drove in a run.

Jeremy Heitkamp had two hits, Nolan Eischens and Zack Bakko each added another hit. Nick Holland takes the loss for the Saints.

Three games were played Friday, June 25. Faribault knocked off Union Hill behind a solid eight innings from starter Nate Rost and a two-run single by Joe Grote. Vessel picked up their first league win with a 10-0 shutout of Shakopee. Montgomery handed Lonsdale an 8-5 loss.

The Mallards scored four runs in the fourth inning to aid their win. Derek Christianson hurdled the first 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Johnny Krocak pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, not allowing a hit and striking out four.

Krocak hit a three-run home run and teammates Pat Lloyd, Tom Flicek, Aaron Dwyer, and Kayden Factor each added two hits for Montgomery.
Isaac Pint went 3 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on four hits. Joseph Sabal pitched the next 6 2/3, allowing two runs on six hits. Designated hitter Ryan Roby had a pair of hits including a home run. Marty Kalina added two hits and two RBI.

Six games were played Sunday, June 27. St. Patrick shut out Webster (7-0), Montgomery defeated Veseli (6-3), Faribault ten-runned Shakopee (15-5), New Prague edged Union Hill (3-2), St. Benedict shutout Lonsdale (4-0), and Hampton defeated New Market (4-2) in a non-league game.

Trever Divinski allowed two hits and struck out 14 for St. Patrick. Ben Taxdahl hit a home run and Ryan Freidges, Seth Ambroz, and Taxdahl each had two hits for the Irish. Jordan Howe and Brooks Prochaska had the lone hits for the Sox.

Robbie Marshall pitched a complete game for the Mallards in their win over the Aces. Jack Jandro had four hits for Faribault in their win.

The Orioles hung on to a late lead to secure the victory over the Bulldogs. Eric Wagner had two hits for the Orioles and scored the first run when Gavin Bergman drove him in. Paddy Timmer, James Fuerniss, Bryce Novak, and Collin Dorzinksi also added hits for the Orioles. Bryce Novak earned the win pitching six innings and striking out nine. Fuerniss gets the save pitching the last three innings. Nathan Berg was the big hitter for the Bulldogs with two hits including an RBI double. Danny Beckius also drove in a run with a single.

Other Union Hill hits came from Jack Becker, Adam Giesen, Brady O'Neil and Derek Masberg. Jack Kreutzian takes the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs.

The remainder of the standings from 6th place through 11th place include Montgomery (6-7) winners of three straight, St. Benedict (6-10), Webster (5-9), Lonsdale (4-8), Veseli (1-12), and Shakopee (0-13).

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