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Jays Break Streak, Outlast LeSueur 3-2 For 1st Win of ’16

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The PL Jays with some close regular season losses (3 of 4, 1 run losses) were hopeful to turn the season with upcoming Section 3B schedule looming and a recent rainout (Chanhassen 6/14-Re-Scheduled for 7/12) and cancellations by Scott County foes St Patrick & New Market limiting opportunities to prepare. On the longest day of the year June 21, the Jays welcomed RVL C foe LeSueur Braves to “the Vet” for exhibition action. The Jays were hoping to break a dubious franchise low 0-7 start to the season.

The Braves did not waste time with 3rd baseman Matt McPartland knocking a 1 out double to left off of starter Tony Eicher that glanced off of Bryan Sanchez’s outstretched glove at the warning track after a long sprint to the ball. Ryan McPartland plated him with a single and 1-0 lead after the 1st. The host Jays answered with Jonesy Buescher lacing a Brandon Culbert offering to right. Buescher then stoled 2nd and swiped 3rd uncontested on a dirtball to shortstop Jim Schroeder who drew a walk in the AB. 1B Zac Repinski lofted a sacrifice fly high to left plating Buescher and advancing Schroeder to 2nd on the throw home. 3B Sam Kortes stayed hot at the plate ripping a double to left to score Schroeder to make the score 2-1 Jays after 1 complete.

Eicher struck out 2 hitting a batter in the Braves 2nd but Kahlow was caught stealing and thrown out by a catcher Brandt Broderick laser to second to end the inning. The Braves tallied their 2nd run in the 3rd on a 1 out double by Matt McPartland and RBI single by Ryan McPartland before the side was retired in the next 2 batters. The Jays plated their 3rd run in the 5th on a leadoff double by Buescher, Schroeder reaching on error followed by Repinski sharply driving a ball down the rightside to plate Buescher. The Jays were unable to advance Bryan Sanchez on his 1 out double in the 6th and threatened again in the 8th on Braves reliever Brent O’Connell. With the haze hanging in the air on a cool Summer night and the smell of a firepits smoldering plastic wafting over the Vet, Kortes was hit by a pitch and after Matt “Tiny” Nelson unable to put down a bunt, he knocked a ball in play with 2 strikes which forced the 3rd baseman to get the out at 1st. With Kortes on 2nd, Jason Peter entered for a pinch hit lofting a moonball to right field for out #2. With Kortes still on 2nd, Scott Geisler pinch hit and worked the count to 2-0 before sharply lining a ground ball to leftcenter field. With a 1 run lead at home, interim 3rd base coach Tex Chapman rolled Kortes to test Kahlow who lofted a perfect toss to home barely snuffing Kortes at the plate and ending the inning with a 3-2 score after 8 complete.

Lacking games of late, the Jays went into the game needing to get work from several pitchers. Eicher threw 3 with 5K & 1BB in a 4 hit/2 run effort. Lawson Zenner, who looked sharp in his stint vs Mpls Lakers tossed 4 & 5 allowing 0 runs with 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Austin Truso, recently committed to pitch at NDSU in 2017, threw the 6th and 7th allowing 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 3 in a scoreless up. Pat Galvin, the Jays veteran early season innings leader, struck out 2 allowing 1 hit in the 8th inning. With the game a slim 3-2, the host Jays sent TJ Larson out for the 9th. He was up to the task striking out all 3 batters he faced to ice the win, the 1st of Manager Scott Geislers tenure.

Buescher 2-4, 2 runs, double and 2SB led the Jays hitters with Sam Kortes continuing a recent hot streak going 2-3 with a double and RBI. Repinski was 1-4 with 2RBI in the Jays attack.

Dakota-Rice-Scott League Standings

Elko Express401.000-
Montgomery Mallards41.8000.5
New Market Muskies201.0001
Prior Lake Mudcats32.6001.5
St. Benedict Saints21.6671.5
St. Patrick Irish11.5002
Union Hill Bulldogs11.5002
New Prague Orioles12.3332.5
Faribault Lakers01.0002.5
Lonsdale Aces13.2503
Shakopee Coyotes13.2503
Webster Sox13.2503
Veseli Warriors03.0003.5

River Valley League East Standings

Burnsville Bobcats00.000-
Chanhassen Red Birds00.000-
Chaska Cubs00.000-
Eagan Bandits00.000-
Excelsior Islanders00.000-
Prior Lake Jays00.000-
Shakopee Indians00.000-
Victoria Vics00.000-

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