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AMATEUR BASEBALL: Hoge's hit propels Miners past Randall

RANDALL — Mark Hoge’s 2-run single in the top of the 10th was the eventual game-winner as the Cuyuna Range Miners rallied past the Randall Cubs 7-5 in a 10-inning Victory League game Sunday.

It was the second Sunday in a row that Cuyuna Range has won an extra-inning game.

Andrew Hartshorn pitched all 10 innings for the Miners, allowing seven hits, walking seven and fanning eight. He hit two batters.

Randall trailed 4-1 until Dusty Parker hit a 3-run homer in the seventh that tied the game 4-4.

The Cubs forged ahead 5-4 in the eighth, scoring on an error.

The Miners tied it 5-5 in the top of the ninth on Jordan Hunstad’s RBI single.

After the Cubs failed to score in the bottom of the ninth, Hoge delivered his 2-run single.

Cuyuna Range 7 11 3

Randall 5 7 3

10 Innings

WP: Andrew Hartshorn. LP: Dusty Parker.

Sobieski 6, St. Mathias 5

SOBIESKI — Jon Czech went 3-3 with a home run to lead the Sobieski Skis to a 6-5 win over the St. Mathias Devils Sunday.

Brad Czech, the third of four Sobieski pitchers, got the win. Riley Hirsch struck out the side in the ninth to get the save.

Josh Haberman went the distance for the Devils, walking three and striking out one.

Isaac Smieja hit a 2-run homer in the first and Czech belted a 3-run blast in the Skis’ third.

Jake Francis doubled twice for the Devils.

In the seventh, the Devils loaded the bases with two outs and trailing 5-1. Francis doubled into the left-field corner, clearing the bases. The relay was thrown away for an error and the ball went out of play. Since Francis had already reached second base, he was awarded two bases on the dead ball, allowing him to score the tying run, making it 5-5.

Sobieski plated the eventual winning run in the bottom of the seventh on Nate Olson’s RBI single with two outs.

The win allowed the Skis to remain in first place in the West Division.

St. Mathias 5 9 2

Sobieski 6 12 0

WP: Brad Czech. Save: Riley Hirsch. LP: Josh Haberman.

Buckman 2, Bulldogs 1

BUCKMAN — Jeremy Monson hit a 2-run homer in the second inning and pitched a complete game as the Buckman Billygoats downed the Pierz Bulldogs 2-1 Sunday.

Monson allowed four hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Pierz Bulldogs 1 4 2

Buckman 2 4 2

WP: Jeremy Monson. LP: Paul Herman.

Avon 11, Buckman 5

AVON — Reed Voit was 3-4 with two RBIs as the Avon Lakers rallied to beat the Buckman Billygoats 11-5 Saturday.

Joe Kahl, Nate Neeser and Ben Boser each had two hits for the Billygoats.

Reliever Adam Harlander got the win. In 4.1 innings he allowed four hits and four walks with six strikeouts.

Buckman 5 8 6

Avon 11 13 3

WP: Adam Harlander. LP: Mark Kahl.

Freeport 10,

Cuyuna Range 0

FREEPORT — Grant Hess hit a grand slam and Mike Frericks struck out 10 in six innings as the Freeport Black Sox blanked the Cuyuna Range Miners 10-0 in seven innings Saturday.

Frericks allowed only a fourth-inning single by Lance Herbst. Josh Vorphal struck out the side in the seventh to end the game.

Cuyuna Range 0 1 2

Freeport 10 9 0

7 Innings

WP: Mike Frericks. LP: Mac Jones.

Brewers 6, Harding 0

PIERZ — Mike Poser twirled a 4-hit shutout as the Pierz Brewers blanked the Harding Dinosaurs 6-0 Saturday.

Poser struck out six and didn’t issue a walk in his complete game.

Mike Weber had a 2-run single and Mike Poser, Logan Meyer and Alvin Kimman each had two hits for the Brewers.

Gary Woitalla’s double was the only extra-base hit for Harding.

Sixth-grader Preston Rocheleau made his Victory League debut for Harding as a pinch-runner.

Harding 0 4 1

Pierz Brewers 6 10 1

WP: Mike Poser. LP: Dan Rocheleau.

St. Stephen 14,

Buckman 4

ST. STEPHEN — St. Stephen cracked 17 hits as the Steves beat Buckman 14-4 in seven innings Saturday.

Lastrup 7, Avon 5

LASTRUP — Chad Weiss struck out 13 in eight innings and reliever Reggie Litke fanned three straight batters to get the save as the Lastrup Lakers continued their unbeaten Victory League season with a 7-5 win over the Avon Lakers Friday.

It looked like a showdown between two top teams, but Avon brought only 10 players, and fielded a lineup with four high school players against Lastrup, the Minnesota Baseball Association’s No. 1-ranked Class C team.

Dustin Schmaltz was the only Lastrup player with more than one hit as he went 2-4. Lastrup has already clinched the East Division title.

Tony Schoenberg hit a 3-run homer for Avon.

Avon 5 9 4

Lastrup 7 6 3

WP: Chad Weiss. Save: Reggie Litke. LP: Tony Harlander.

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