The Sobieski Skis showed off their usual pitching and defense in a 3-0 win over Upsala to christen the renovations at The Hill in Sobieski.
Tyler Jendro went six shutout innings for the Skis and Thomas Miller pitched three more scoreless innings of relief to maintain the shutout and celebrate the new park, Sunday, June 9.
A good crowd was on hand to see the renovations, which include new fencing, retaining wall, home dugout, a press box and improved grand stand among other things.
“It was great to see the crowd today, play a rival like Upsala and that is really what it is all about,” said Skis manager Brad Czech. “A lot of credit goes involved to everyone who helped make this happen: our Lions club, our baseball team, community members, Sobieski City Council and it took a total team effort.”
Collin Eckmann was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Skis’ offense. Dusty Parker drove in two runs for the Skis as well.
Fans, players and coaches alike had nothing but good things to say about how the park turned out.
“This should be a great ball park for our players and fans for the next decades to come,” Czech said. “I thought it turned out perfect. It took a lot of meetings and late nights looking at blue prints, but we’re pleased with how everything came together, and it is a big credit to everyone who was involved.”
The win kept the Skis atop the West Division, but several west teams were busy over the weekend.
Randall swept Flensburg in a pair of tightly contested games, Sunday, June 9.
The two teams agreed to play a pair of seven-inning contests in the double header.
The Cubs won the first game, 8-4, on the back of a complete game performance from Kyle Peterschick on the mound. He allowed four hits and struck out seven.
He also went yard in the contest, as did Ricky Drew, who was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
In game two, Sam Nagel delivered his second game-winning hit of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Cubs won 8-7.
Nagel scored Caleb Strack on a single to earn the win. Nagel had three RBIs in the win.
Braden Backowski had three hits in the loss for Flensburg.
Upsala took down a very good Buckman team Saturday, June 8. The Jays beat the Billygoats, 9-4.
Eric Lampert was impressive in the win.
On the mound, he struck out 11 in a complete game, and at the dish he went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs.
Matt Tautges hitting a three-run bomb was one of the few highlights for Buckman in the loss.
Buckman bounced back with a 6-2 win over another West Division team, the Swanville Swans, Sunday, June 9.
Shawn Lanners had himself a game for the Billygoats, pitchign eight strong innings, allowing just three hits and two runs. He also smacked three hits, including a home run, a double and drove in two runs.
A very busy Pierz Bulldogs team was involved with several conference rivals, including their first win over the Royalton Riverdogs, 10-5, Sunday.
Ryan Foreman had four hits and scored twice for the Bulldogs.
Cole Jendro led the Rivedogs in the loss with a home run and two RBIs.
The Bulldogs’ second game was a 17-1 loss to Buckman in seven innings, Sunday, June 9.
Matt Kummet smashed a home run, and Matt Tautges, Lane Girtz, Noah Boser and Jack Suska all had three-hit games for the Goats.
Finally, the Pierz Lakers downed the Bulldogs, 13-7, Wednesday.
Nathan Psyck pitched all nine innings as the Royalton Riverdogs handed the Pierz Brewers a 3-2 loss.
Psyck allowed only two runs on six hits and struck out 11. Michael Petron had three hits int he win.
Lastly, the Ft. Ripley Rebels were handed their first loss of the season, falling 4-2 against Nisswa, June 7.
The Rebels had a 11 hits, but could only muster two runs after falling into a 4-0 hole when the Lightning hit a grand slam in the first inning.
On the schedule for area Victory League teams for Father’s Day, June 16 (at 1:30 p.m.: Brewers at Pierz Lakers, Randall at Royalton, Ft. Ripley at St. Mathias, Buckman at Flensburg, Swanville at Sobieski, Pierz Bulldogs at Upsala, Royalton at Buckman (5 p.m.).