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Mudhens put together two resounding shutout victories

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Mudhens' pitcher Shannon Ahern throws against the Austin BlueSox after a long delay during their June 28 win. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Austin BlueSox

The rain and storms on June 28 reduced Jack Ruhr Field to a muddy mess. Miesville Mudhens players worked for hours that evening to make the field playable, determined to get the game in. After over an hour delay, the first pitch against the Austin BlueSox was thrown just a little after 9 p.m. and the Mudhens came out on fire. Miesville quickly outclassed Austin by scoring 16 runs in six innings to end the game in seven due to the mercy rule.

The Mudhens jumped on the BlueSox right away. Charles Bruchu and Matt Van Der Bosch led off with walks and both ended up scoring in the first. Brian Sprout had a RBI single in the inning while Ronnie Sweeny had a RBI sacrifice fly.

Bruchu walked again in the second and scored on an RBI double by Van Der Bosch. Deryk Marks brought Van Der Bosch home on a RBI single. Two more singles by Sprout and Pat Kelly loaded the bases for Sweeny, who sliced the ball barely fair over the right field fence for a grand slam and put the Mudhens ahead 9-0 after two innings.

Miesville added another run in the third after two errors by the BlueSox. The fourth was the only inning they did not score. Marks added a two-RBI double in the fifth, followed by a RBI walked by Aaron Stein (into the game for Sweeny) and a RBI single by Andrew Werner to make it 14-0 after five innings.

They added two more runs in the sixth to end the game on RBI singles by Stein and Reed Collins (in for Sprout).

Shannon Ahern threw a complete game shutout for the Mudhens to get the win. He pitched seven innings and gave up a scattered seven hits, hit a batter and struck out five.

Austin BlueSox starter Jon Mittag threw four innings, gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on seven hits to go along with four walks and a strikeout. He was relieved by Kevin Juenger who threw two innings, gave up six earned runs on five hits, two walks, two hit batsmen and one strikeout.

Other games

Miesville continued its momentum June 30 in Rochester against the Rochester Royals. Jacob Dickmeyer threw a complete game, four-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks as the Mudhens won 12-0 in nine innings. Nate Hammes and Brian Sprout each had three hits, while Sprout, Deryk Marks and Jordy Horsch all had two RBI. Matt Van Der Bosch, Horsch, Andrew and Joey Werner each added two hits.

On July 2, Miesville beat the Cannon Falls Bears 4-3 where Hammes had a two-run home run.

The Mudhens are now 14-3 overall this season going into July, with the playoffs starting in August. They traveled to Red Wing to face the Aces on the Fourth of July. They hosted the St. Paul Capitals on July 5; then face off against the Lyon's Pub Warriors on Friday, July 7; and a grudge match against the Dundas Dukes on Sunday, July 9.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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