Amateur Baseball: Mudhens return to state tournament after sweeping the Royals
The Miesville Mudhens are returning to the Minnesota Baseball Association Class B state tournament after sweeping the Rochester Royals, and will look to bring home their third state championship in a row.
The Mudhens took Game 1 at Jack Ruhr Field, 16-3, in seven innings with the help of the home run ball while lightning spread across the sky. Sunday, they traveled to Rochester where they took the best-of-three series with a 10-0 win in seven innings on the back of a complete-game, one-hit shutout by Shannon Ahern.
Joining Miesville in the Class B state tournament from Section 1B are Northfield, which beat Hastings, 16-4 and 10-0, and Dundas, which swept Austin, 11-0 and 10-0. Hampton and Elko have split two games so far, with Hampton winning Game 1, 12-2, and Elko taking Game 2, 6-4. Brackets will not be released for the tournament until August 12 and this year's locations are Memorial Park Baseball Stadium in New Prague, Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee and the Mini Met in Jordan.
Game 1 is a home run derby
The lightning that was ever-present in the outfield of Jack Ruhr Field must have inspired the Miesville Mudhens' bats Friday night as they routed the Rochester Roys, 16-3, in seven innings due to the 10-run rule. The Mudhens took Game 1 of their Section 1B playoff series as the No. 2-seed over the No. 7 Royals on the back of their potent lineup that blasted three home runs and racked up a total of 19 hits. Meanwhile, starter Jacob Dickmeyer did not quite have his best stuff, but he had just enough to keep the Royals down before he was injured after being hit by a line-drive up the middle on the last out of the game.
Miesville took a quick lead in the bottom of the first after RBI hits by Nate Hammes and Matt Van Der Bosch and led 2-0. Rochester got a run back in the top of the third but the Mudhens extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third after Brad Goulet scored on errors. The Royals then tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth when Dickmeyer allowed a two-run home run. From there, Miesville scored four in the bottom of the fourth, seven in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth.
In the fourth, Joe Werner started the scoring with an RBI single, followed by a two-run double by Goulet. Van Der Bosch finished the scoring in the inning with an RBI double. The next inning, the Mudhens hit three home runs that accounted for five of their seven runs after batting around. Mark Moriarty started the route with a solo home run, followed by an RBI single by Goulet. Deryk Marks added another RBI single before Hammes and Brian Sprout both hit two-run home runs. The two runs in the bottom of the sixth were brought in by Sprout and Dawson Degnan.