Miesville beat Champlin LoGators 7-1 in first game at state tournament
The Miesville Mudhens may have started slow against the Champlin LoGators in the first round of the Minnesota Baseball Association's class B state tournament, but like they have several times during their win streak, they wore their opponents down and busted the game open.
Jacob Dickmeyer started the game for the Mudhens and gave up one run to the LoGators in the first inning on three straight, two-out hits. Miesville answered with a RBI single by Nate Hammes to tie the game, and from there they took control of the game.
Dickmeyer cruised for the next six innings. After he gave up one run and three hits in the first, he allowed just two more hits the rest of the game. Meanwhile, Joey Werner scored in the third after the LoGators' starter, Trent Palmer, walked five batters in the inning, three with two outs. The Mudhens added two more runs in the fifth after a RBI single by Pat Kelly and a RBI double from Andrew Werner. In the eighth, they clinched their win with three more runs on back-to-back singles by Joey Werner and Deryk Marks. Shannon Ahern relieved Dickmeyer in the eighth and pitched one inning where he gave up one hit and struck out one. Player/manager Chris Olean pitched the ninth and shut down the LoGators 1-2-3 to end the game and give Miesville the 7-1 win.
Dickmeyer got the win by pitching seven innings, giving up just one earned run on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman, and striking out five. Joey Werner led the Mudhens with three hits and two runs scored to go with his RBI. Marks had two RBI on two hits, a run and a walk. Both Sebastian Holte-Mancera and Spencer Merle were walked twice and each hit once. Five Miesville batters had hits, six had RBI, five scored at least once, six walked and three were hit batsman.
Going into the double-elimination portion of the tournament, Olean said that the possibility of playing several games in a shorter period of time gives the Mudhens and advantage.
"For us it (double-elimination) doesn't change much, we just know we can actually use all of our pitchers," he explained. "Double-elimination is really, really good for us, we have Steve (Maher), we have Dicky (Jacob Dickmeyer) and we have Ahern (Shannon). It lets us stretch out our pitching staff and give ourselves a good chance, when we get deep into a game, we are much, much better than other teams. If anything it plays into our hands the more games we can play."
One challenge the team faces as they continue to play late into August is possibly losing players as they head back to college.
"We ran into that today, (Ronnie) Sweeny was gone back at school, we may or may not have him back periodically," Olean explained. "Joey Werner and Sebastian (Holte-Mancera), both those guys have some obligations but they're going to probably be able to get back. For the most part, that's another nice thing is we do have some depth, as much as you'd like to have everybody there at all times, we are able to run a lineup out there that's competitive even if we're missing a few guys."
Miesville next plays at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in Green Isle against the St. Cloud Beaudreau's Saints. Should they win they would play at noon Sunday, Aug. 27, in Green Isle against the winner of Northfield and Chaska. If they lose, they would play the loser of those two teams at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in Green Isle, which would be the first game of a double-header for the winner.