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It was a double-do schedule in Victory League baseball
It was a big weekend for Victory League Amateur Baseball teams, most of which played two games–on Sunday and Memorial Day.

There was even a Saturday night ‘under the lights’ game on the docket in addition to some makeup games. However, rain also covered the area all day and into the night on Saturday … it was the real decision maker.

Here’s a rundown of the action reported from Sunday:

• Ft. Ripley 19, Swanville 13. The Rebels received two home runs from Neil Sather and one from Scott LeBlanc as part of the offensive punch. Swanville got three hits from Luke Peterson and a homer from Jay Loven. Nate Heim was the winning pitcher and Lonnie Hutchins suffered the loss.

• Flensburg 5, Long Prairie 3. In a game with just two errors, one by each team, the Falcons had a little more long ball hitting. Chad Truman and Scott Renning each homered and Brad Oothoudt doubled for Flensburg. Tony Nelson was the winning pitcher.

• Buckman 6, Holdingford 3. In another close battle, Mark Cekalla’s three-run homer was a key to the Billy Goats’ win. The Express outhit the Billy Goats, 10 to six; however, the Bill Goats got timely hitting. Holdingford got a double from Kevin Hoppe. Todd Robinson was the winning pitcher; Jake Eichen suffered the loss.

• Sobieski 20, Upsala 6. Sobieski unleashed a 17-hit attack which took the Blue Jays out of the game quickly. Brad Czech and Simon Waltman handled the pitching for the Skis. Brad Czech had three hits, including two home runs and six RBI while teammates Greg Thoma, Troy Olson, Jeff Thoma and Jon Czech all had a pair of hits. Olson had three RBI. Mike Chuba and Joe Primus each had two hits for Upsala and Randy Leners and Joe Bartkowicz each homered.

• Avon 12, Opole 6. Avon’s Dave Kaltoff was four-for-five with two RBI and Pete Schleper homered and had two RBI to pace the Lakers. Aaron Gapinski had a circuit clout for the Bears.

• Pierz Brewers 3, St. Wendell 2. The Brewers were soundly outhit, 14 to nine, but ended up on top. Bob Pohlkamp, Shawn Fischer and Joe Tautges all had two hits for the Brewers Matt Huls with four hits, Josh Opatz with three and Nate Huls, Dale Streit and Brad Heitzman with two paced the Saints.

• Brainerd 17, Randall 2. Jason King’s home run highlighted the Randall offense while Brainerd got the round trippers from Chris Studer, Ryan Thiesse, Jade O’Brian and Nick Hanson (two). Luke Weitland was the winning pitcher and Bobby Sanders suffered the loss.

A rundown on Monday’s action included the following results:

• Upsala 9, Swanville 5. It was a Leners day–Jamie was the winning pitcher and also homered to help his own cause. Chris had three hits and homered and Randy had two hits for the Blue Jays. For the Heat, Luke Peterson was four-for-five with a HR and Jason Miller was three-for-four.

• Lastrup 8, Buckman 5. The Spurs played errorless defense and got three and two hits, respectively, from Donavan Duker and Tim Lease to earn the upset win. Scott Geiger homered and Mark Cekalla and Dave Woitalla (homerun) had a pair of hits to lead the Billy Goats.

• St. Stephen 5, Avon 4. Winning pitcher Dan Wainright struck out eight batters. In addition, Travis Phelps homered and Jake Omann hit a pair of doubles to lead the Steves. Pete Schleper and Darrell Suchy homered for the Lakers.

• Pierz Brewers 18, Opole 5. The Brewers had 17 hits in the win. Jason Sadlovsky hit a home run and drove in four runs and Alvin Kimman had three hits for the Brewers. Rich Sobiech had two hits for the Bears. Chad Thoma was the winning pitcher in the game that ended after seven innings by the 10-run rule.

• Ft. Ripley 15, Randall 5. Tony Veith was four-for-four, cracked a grand slam homer and had seven RBI for Ft. Ripley while Neil Sather (homer and three RBI) and Curt Veith (four runs and two stolen bases) had three hits. For the Cubs, Bobby Sanders and Chuck Strack had two hits and Jason Karnowski homered.

• Long Prairie 5, St, Matheis 2. Winning pitcher Shawn Zenner struck out eight batters and scattered five hits. The game went to 10 innings. Long Prairie scored three times in the top of the 10th on three Saints errors.

• Holdingford 9, Pierz Bulldogs 7. The Express had errorless defense and had a 15-strikeout performance by Joel Swenson. Trevor Lawrenz and Kevin Hoppe had three hits for Holdingford, Jason Bruns had two and Cory Guck hit a homer. For the Bulldogs, Mitch Becker had three hits, two home runs and five RBI.

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