Strong bats not enough in season-ending loss for Jays

By Justin Braun

Prior Lake Jays 2nd baseman Jeff Butler (#8) fields a ball and throws to make a play. (Photo by: Justin Braun/

The Prior Lake Jays fell 7-6 to the Victoria Vic’s in Section 3B Playoffs on Thursday despite out-hitting them 13 to seven.

After several scoreless innings, the Jays got on the board in the third inning after Ross Hebel was struck by a pitch, driving in a run.  Two more runs would be plated off of a Tomas Lee triple in the fourth, but the Jays lead would be cut to one run when Victoria scored off of a double and a sacrifice fly.

Two more Prior Lake Jays runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 5-2. Beau Rabey hit a solo home run to left field, and Jonah Hoeg tripled, scoring one run.

The Vic’s flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs on four hits to take a 7-5 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a grand slam to left field by Matt Dolan that drove in four runs.

Jeffrey Kressler earned the win for Victoria. The reliever surrendered four hits and three runs (two earned) over three innings, striking out five and walking one. Charles Running started the game for the Jays allowing six hits and seven runs over six innings, striking out five and walking four. Connor Ostreich led things off on the hill for the Vic’s, giving up eight hits and three runs over five innings, striking out five and walking three.

The Jays piled up 13 hits in the game. Hoeg, Rabey, Tomas Lee, Jeff Butler, and Hebel each drove in one run for Prior Lake Jays. Notably, Lee went 3-for-6, Troy Lynch was 3-for-5, Hoeg was 3-for-4, and Rabey was 2-for-4.

This ends the season for the Prior Lake Jays, while the Victoria Vic’s advance to play the Burnsville Bobcats on Friday, August 4 at 7:30 pm in Section 3B playoff action.