PLAYOFFS: 2017 PL Jays Advance Winning Series 1 Over Victoria in 2 Games.

By Joseph Chapman

8/2/17-Veterans Field. PL Jays Outfielder Tyler Edwards rips a 1 out Sweeney offering deep to left against Victoria to put the Jays up 4-0 in the 3rd inning enroute to 5-1 win. PHOTO BY Justin Braun

The Prior Lake Jays took Game 1 of their Section 3B Series 1 at Victoria 13-5 on Tuesday 8/2. The following day, they would host Victoria in the teams 4th meeting of 2017 with the Vics needing a win to extend the series and return to Poppitz Field. The Vics lost Sam Rothstein from the Iron 10 making a true Iron 9 for Victoria Skipper Mike Poppitz. Toeing the rubber as pitcher for the Jays, rookie Mike Edlefsen who had not faced Victoria in 2 regular season meetings or in Game 1. He blanks the Vics in the 1st and helped his cause in the 2nd inning lacing a ball to left with 1 out then scoring on a Jason Peter line drive to right with 2 outs that was mis-played allowing Edlefsen to easily score from 3rd.

After a scoreless Vic 3rd, the Jays struck again 1st and the old Auggie delay with outfielder Jeff Butler on 1st and Jonesy Buescher on 3rd following a double and single with no outs. Butler broke early with Vic pitcher Riley Sweeney ready to deliver then getting in a rundown between 1st and 2nd. With Osterick peeking, Buescher started creeping towards home then broke for 3rd when Davidson got the ball at the plate. With options limited Jonesy heading to a close play at the bag, the catcher fired the ball over Hunter Even scoring Buescher and the speedy Butler (both Augsburg baseball alums) rounded to 3rd base. Following a groundout by Joe Loftus, Tyler Edwards launched a ball deep to left high in the trees for 2RBI and sending the score to 4-0 PL Jays after 3 innings.

8/2/17 Veterans Field-PL Jays pitcher Mike Edlefsen tossed 9 complete scattering 9 hits while walking 1 and striking out 10 in the Jays 5-1 Playoff clinching win. PHOTO BY: Justin Braun

Edlefsen was efficient and got error free Jays defense with several stunners in the field and kept the hard working Vics, who stranded 9 runners on the day, off the board when the Jays got an additional run in the 6th on a Tommy Keating blast deep over the fence at Veterans Field with 2 outs in the 6th. The pesky Vics plated their lone run in the 8th on consecutive singles to Rehwalt and Davidson followed by a 0 out fielders choice to Safgren that scored Rehwalt as the Jays chose the out before consecutive strikeouts to Bonk & Sweeney ended the threat. Edlefsen struck out 10 on the day including a golden sombrero to Kindschu who got hung 4 times swinging. The Vics went down 1-2-3 in the 9th with the final play a snare at short by Corey Goodwin who fired to Jason Peter at 1st to end the game. 6 Jays recorded hits with Keating 2-3, 2B, HR and run scored helping the attack and pitcher Edlefsen helping his cause with a 2-4 and run scored effort along with Edwards tree rattling 2 run blast in the 3rd.

The win propels the Jays into Series 2 in a meeting with the Chanhassen RedBirds who dropped the Jays twice in the regular season 6/16 & 7/23.

BOXSCORE PL JAYS VS VICTORIA VICS 8/2/17 AT Prior Lake Veterans Field of Memorial Park.

Joey Costello         5  0  0  0  Jonesy Buescher       4  1  1  0  
Hunter Even           4  0  1  0  Jeff Butler           4  1  1  0  
Josh Rehwalt          3  1  2  0  Joe Loftus            4  0  0  0  
Jared Davidson        4  0  2  0  Tyler Edwards         4  1  1  2  
Tyler Safgren         4  0  1  1  Mike Edlefsen         4  1  1  0  
Jordan Bonk           4  0  0  0  Tommy Keating         3  1  2  1  
Riley Sweeney         4  0  2  0  Rob Frederick         4  0  1  0  
Connor Osterich       4  0  1  0  Jason Peter           3  0  0  1  
Nick Kindshuu         4  0  0  0  Adam Cress            3  0  0  0  
TOTALS               36  1  9  1  TOTALS               33  5  7  4

VICTORIA VICS                 000 000 010 -- 1  
PRIOR LAKE JAYS               013 001 00x -- 5  

Connor Osterich (2), Nick Kindshuu. 2B--Josh Rehwalt, Jonesy
Buescher. HR--Tyler Edwards, Tommy Keating. SB--Jeff Butler.

 VICTORIA VICS                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Riley Sweeney (L)              7.00    7    5    5    0    7    2
Nick Kindshuu                  1.00    0    0    0    1    1    0
 PRIOR LAKE JAYS            
Mike Edlefsen (W)              9.00    9    1    1    1   10    0

SO--Jordan Bonk, Riley Sweeney (2), Jared Davidson, Joey
Costello, Connor Osterich, Nick Kindshuu (4), Adam Cress
(2), Jeff Butler, Tyler Edwards (2), Joe Loftus, Rob
Frederick (2). BB--Josh Rehwalt, Tommy Keating.


8/2/17-2017 PL Jays. Series 1 Champions 2-0 over Victoria Vics. PHOTO BY: Justin Braun

SERIES 2 INFORMATION -From RVL East-Section 3B Playoff Page (SEE LINK BELOW)

SERIES 2 (best of 3 game series): Winner of SERIES 1 Prior Lake #7 plays CHANHASSEN #1 on dates: 8/4, 8/6, and 8/8 (winner qualifies for state…….if loser is #7 seed Prior Lake they go to Series 5, if loser is CHANHASSEN #1 seed they go to SERIES 6)

Friday August 4 730PM at RedBirdStorm Stadium (Chanhassen HS). Chanhassen RedBirds HOST Prior Lake Jays

Sunday August 6th 600PM at Prior Lake Veterans Field of Memorial Park. Prior Lake Jays HOST Chanhassen RedBirds

Tuesday August 8th 730PM (If Needed) at Chasnhassen RedBirdStorm Stadium (Chanhassen HS). Chanhassen RedBirds HOST Prior Lake Jays


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