Amateur Baseball: Lightning hand Devils first loss

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ST. MATHIAS — Jeremiah Piepkorn, Jason Roepke and Austin Meister drilled home runs for the Nisswa Lightning who opened their season with a 7-4 win over the St. Mathias Devils Sunday, June 28 in North Division play.

Piepkorn and Roepke each finished with two hits along with Drew Boland and Kody Ruedisilli.

Luke Zontelli was 2-3 for the Devils, who stranded 15 runners and suffered their first loss.


Nisswa 7 11 3
St. Mathias 4 6 2
WP: Brett Jenkins. LP: Jacob Zontelli. HR: N-Jeremiah Piepkorn, Jason
Roepke, Austin Meister. Overall: Nisswa 1-0, St. Mathias 2-1.

Buckman 10, Royalton 2

BUCKMAN — The Buckman Billygoats improved to 3-0 as they scored six runs in the bottom of the first to defeat the Royalton River Dogs 10-2 in an East Division game Sunday, June 28.

Andy Winscher picked up his second win of the year and Matt Kummet earned a save with four scoreless relief innings.

Noah Boser went 3-5 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Lane Girtz, Kummet and Peter Suska collect two hits apiece.

Girtz, Shawn Lanners and Luke Otte contributed doubles while Suska finished with a team-high three RBIs.

Royalton was paced by leadoff hitter Michael Petron who finished 2-4 with a triple and scored both runs for the River Dogs.


Royalton 2 6 1
Buckman 10 13 0
WP: Andrew Winscher. SV: Matt Kummett. LP: Zach Leibold. 2B: B-Lane Girtz, Shawn Lanners, Luke Otte; R-Ethan Walcheski. 3B: R-Michael Petron. Overall: Buckman 3-0, Royalton 0-3.

Fort Ripley 12, Aitkin 10

AITKIN — Fort Ripley built a 12-0 lead after 3.5 innings and then held on for a 12-10 North Division victory over the Aitkin Steam Sunday, June 28.

Winning pitcher Bryce Flanagan homered for the Rebels while Landon Janzen

hit a three-run blast for Aitkin.


Fort Ripley 12
Aitkin 10
WP: Bryce Flanagan. LP: Taylor Whiteoak. HR: FR-Flanagan; A-Landon Janzen. Overall: Fort Ripley 1-1. Aitkin 0-2.

Pierz Lakers 8, Pierz Brewers 1

PIERZ — Paul Herman led an 18-hit performance by the Pierz Lakers who defeated the Pierz Brewers 8-1 in an East Division game Sunday, June 28.

Herman went 4-6 with four RBIs and Mitch Woitalla was 3-3 with a double. Chad Weiss was also 3-3 while Reese Kapsner and Alex Haapajoki finished with two hits each. Kapsner picked up the win with four scoreless innings of middle relief. He struck out one, walked one and scattered five hits.

Rylee Rauch went 3-4 with a double and scored the only run for the Brewers on a ground out by Ryan Stuckmayer. Designated hitter Mike Poser finished 2-3.

Lakers 8 18 3
Brewers 1 11 2
WP: Reese Kapsner. LP: Isaac Otte. 2B: Lake-Mitch Woitalla; Brew-Rylee Rauch. Overall: Lakers 2-2, Brewers 1-2.


Saturday, June 27

Pierz Brewers 5, Pierz Bulldogs 4

PIERZ — Preston Veith delivered a two-out, walk-off ninth-inning single for the Pierz Brewers who came from behind to defeat the Pierz Bulldogs 5-4 in a North Division game Saturday, June 27.

Ryan Stuckmayer and winning pitcher Cody Kimman each collected two hits for the Brewers.

Charles Boyer went 2-4 with a solo homer and scored twice for the Bulldogs, who suffered their first loss of the season. Michael Leidenfrost and Austin Dickmann also finished 2-4 including back-to-back RBI doubles in the fifth that put the Bulldogs up 3-1.

Bulldogs 4 10 1
Brewers 5 11 1
WP: Cody Kimman. LP: Jonah Prokott. 2B: Bull-Michael Leidenfrost, Austin Dickmann. HR: Bull-Charles Boyer. Overall: Bulldogs 2-1.


Friday, June 26

Pierz Lakers 10, Royalton 3

PIERZ — Chad Weiss went 2-2, walked twice and drove in three runs to lead the Pierz Lakers in a 10-3 win over the Royalton River Dogs Friday, June 26.

Weiss was also credited with the win. He started and went five innings over which he struck out nine, didn’t walk a batter and allowed two runs on five hits.

Mitch Woitalla finished 2-4 with a double and three RBIs for the Lakers.

Royalton was paced by Ryan Snyder who went 2-5 with a double and run scored. Gavin Suska also doubled and Adam Snyder drove in two runs.

Royalton 2 7 1
Lakers 10 7 1
WP: Chad Weiss. LP: Nathan Psyck.
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