Mudhens keep streak alive at state
The Miesville Mudhens seem to be unstoppable as they continue to advance in the Minnesota Baseball Association's class B state tournament.
The Mudhens won two more games this past week to advance to the state tournament semifinals and extended their winning streak to 24 straight games.
Miesville beat the St. Cloud Beaudreau's Saints 8-3 on Friday, Aug. 25, in Green Isle. Steve Maher pitched six solid innings and gave up just three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. He was relieved by Shannon Ahern who threw three shutout innings while giving up just one hit and striking out four. Nate Hammes and Brian Sprout each had two RBIs, while Hammes, Deryk Marks and Sebastian Holte-Mancera all had two hits.
The Mudhens followed up their Friday victory with another against a familiar opponent — the Northfield Knights. Miesville had swept the Knights during the regular season and continued that streak by beating them 8-5 in the quarterfinals.
The Mudhens survived a comeback from Northfield after leading 5-0 through three innings and 6-1 after four. Jacob Dickmeyer was steady once again and threw six innings, gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk, but also struck out three. Connor Malcom relieved him for a third of an inning but gave up a run on two hits in just four at-bats. He was relieved by player/manager Chris Olean who threw 2 2/3 and gave up just one more run. Going into the ninth the Mudhens led 6-5 but were able to grab two more insurance runs and won 8-5.
Marks led the team with two RBIs while Matt Van Der Bosch, Sprout, Andrew Werner and Spencer Merle each had one. Werner, Marks, Van Der Bosch and Pat Kelly all had two hits apiece. Marks also had a home run.
Miesville next plays at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in Hamburg against Chanhassen. If they win they would play for the championship on Monday, Sept. 14.