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Wild seventh inning brings Miesville win

Erik Olson delivers a pitch during Miesville’s game last week against the Minneapolis Angels. Miesville won, 7-5. (Rivertown Multimedia photo by Chris Harrell)

All was quiet for six innings Tuesday night between Miesville and the Minneapolis Angels at Jack Ruhr Field. The two teams combined for six hits and two runs in the opening six frames before the game erupted with 10 runs scored in the seventh inning.

After the Angels scored five runs on three hits and three errors by the Mudhens, Miesville responded with five of its own and held on for a 7-5 victory.

“We have to work on putting together an entire game,” Mudhens manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. “It feels like every game we have that inning when it blows up. The guys showed resilience tonight. It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it.”

Miesville (8-3) nearly ruined an impressive start by Erik Olson. Olson did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and gave up one earned run (five total) on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts, heavily featuring his curveball.

“I felt pretty good,” Olson said. “I hadn’t pitched in a while. My job is just to throw strikes and give us a chance. They bailed me out with those runs in the seventh.”

Olson’s best work came with runners in scoring position as he stranded seven runners on base, five in scoring position.

“I just know that I’ve got to make better pitches when guys are on base,” Olson said. “I don’t try to throw harder. I take a deep breath and slow everything down.”

The Mudhens’ top two hitters in the order, Charles Bruchu and David Vogelgesang, were also their best hitters in Tuesday’s win. Bruchu went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored while Vogelgesang finished 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and three RBI.

Spencer Ingaldson was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to lead Minneapolis. Tyler Johnson went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.

Kirby Morsching started on the mound for the Angels and kept Miesville uncomfortable at the plate in the early innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on just two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the first six innings. But Morsching received a no-decision, throwing 6 1/3 innings and giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits.

“He was mixing pitches well,” Van Der Bosch said. “He had a nice little curveball that was his out pitch. It took us a little while to establish a plan against him. I’d like to see that happen a little sooner.”

Miesville took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as Matt Hanse was hit by a pitch with one out and Bruchu walked. Vogelgesang brought in the first run with a single and Bruchu crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice as Vogelgesang forced a throw while stealing second base.

In the seventh inning, Ingaldson reached on an error to start the threat. Brian Hronski followed with an infield single and after a failed bunt attempt led to an out, Tyler Ockuly walked to load the bases. Brady Johnson pinch-hit and lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield for the Angels first run and Tyler Johnson ripped a single to tie the game at 2-2. Then, the Mudhens dropped a pop-up in front of home plate that handed Minneapolis a 4-2 lead. Miesville committed another error in the next at-bat and Mike Nellessen laced an RBI single for a 5-2 lead.

But the Angels helped the Mudhens in the bottom of the inning as Jordan McGowan reached on an error to start the seventh. With one out, Bruchu walked and Vogelgesang doubled in both runners to pull Miesville within a run. A passed ball moved Vogelgesang to third base and David Olson tied the game with a bloop single to centerfield. Two batters later, David Olson scored all the way from first on a single into the gap by Alex LaShomb for a 6-5 lead. Tyler Beaulier brought home LaShomb on a double for the final tally.

Andrew Vlasak picked up the save for the Mudhens, striking out four in the final two innings.

“He shut the door and pitched awesome there,” Van Der Bosch said. “That was fun to see the pitching the way it’s come along.”