Mudhens, Hawks advance
Two local amateur baseball teams have advanced in postseason play. The Hastings Hawks and the Miesville Mudhens each had strong league tournaments and move on to compete in this weekend's super section tournaments across Minnesota.
For Miesville, the trip to super sectionals will be short - the team plays host to a four-team tournament beginning Friday night. The first game of the night, set for 6 p.m., puts Elko up against Mankato. Miesville plays in the nightcap, set for 8 p.m., against Bemidji.
Miesville has the No. 1 seed. Elko is No. 2, Mankato is No. 3 and Bemidji is No. 4.
Games continue Saturday starting at noon. The top two teams from the super sectional advance to an eight-team Class B state tournament Aug. 20-21 and Aug. 27-28.
Miesville got the league tournament started with a win over Red Wing, 5-1.
"We pitched well, played good defense and had timely hitting," Miesville's Matt Van Der Bosch said. "You have to get two-out hits to win ballgames. We did that."
Chris Olean earned the win for Miesville on the mound, pitching a two-hitter.
"Chris pitched awesome," Van Der Bosch said. "He didn't try to overthrow for strikeouts, he pitched to contact most of the night. His stuff is as good as any."
Andrew Werner and David Olson led the Miesville offensive attack. Werner was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run, while Olson went 2-for-4 with a run. Van Der Bosch had a big two-out double off the right field wall that scored two runs.
Miesville then beat Hastings, 8-6, to advance to super sectionals.
Sam Ryan had a big first-inning two-run home run after Hastings had taken a 1-0 lead.
Luke Rasmussen pitched for Miesville, going seven innings.
Olson had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI. Van Der Bosch had three hits, scored three runs and knocked in one run. David Bruchu had two hits as well.
Hastings didn't exactly have a stellar regular season, but, as in past years, the Hawks didn't let that stop them from having a strong postseason. Hastings finished fourth in league play and took on the league champs from Dundas in the first round last Tuesday.
Hastings beat Dundas, 3-0, behind a strong pitching performance by Mark Moriarty. He allowed just six hits on the night, while striking out six. Colin Brackeen pitched the ninth inning to get the save.
David Vogelgesang, Steve Kraushaar, Derrick Pfeffer and Brandon Peterson each had two hits for the Hawks.
Hastings then played Miesville Thursday and lost, 8-6. Hastings then faced Red Wing and beat the Aces, 6-1, to advance.
In the game against Miesville, Brackeen took the loss on the mound. John Anderson had four hits and Vogelgesang scored four runs. Deryk Marks drove in three runs.
In the game against Red Wing with a trip to super sectionals on the line, Marks threw a gem, pitching a seven-hit complete game. He walked four and struck out six.
Jordy Horsch, Anderson and Kraushaar each had two hits, including a big three-run homer in the ninth inning.
The next step for Hastings is a 6 p.m. game Friday against Chaska. Other teams in the Hastings super sectional are Coon Rapids and Moorhead. The top two teams from the weekend tournament advance to the state tournament.