The Miesville Mudhens are on a tear after winning four games this past week. They are now the winners of eight straight.
Miesville beat the Red Wing Aces in Red Wing 7-0 on July 4; outlasted the St. Paul Capitals 6-3 on Wednesday, July 5; blew out the Lyon's Pub Warriors 12-1 on July 7; and then topped off the week with a win over Dundas 7-3 on July 9 to avenge their early season loss to the Dukes. The Mudhens are now 17-3 overall and are in the midst of a six-game homestand.
4th of July
In the last seven meetings against the Red Wing Aces, the Miesville Mudhens have dominated the Classic Cannon Valley League rivalry.
Following Tuesday's 7-0 Independence Day victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field, Miesville has outscored Red Wing 63-7 in the last seven meetings.
In the annual Fourth of July meeting, Miesville provided plenty of fireworks with 12 hits. Five of those came from leadoff batter Charles Bruchu, who was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.
"They had a lefty going and we just wanted to really focus on staying the other way and not get too big," Bruchu said. "A couple of us were able to do that, for sure. Myself included. Don't pull the ball, stay up the middle and good things happen."
"Chuck was due," said Mudhens' manager Chris Olean. "He's actually been slumping a little bit if you look at the stats. He was a little bit snake-bitten and he was able to come out of it today which was good to see."
Behind him, the Mudhens' lineup mashed the Aces' pitchers, with Brian Sprout cracking a solo home run to left field to lead off the fourth inning as part of a 2-for-4 day. Jordy Horsch, the No. 9 hitter, was also 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Ahern pitched eight innings for Miesville, tallying seven strikeouts with nine hits and no walks allowed.
"Ahern did a really good job of minimizing (damage)," Olean said. "The double plays helped with the pitch count and let him go eight innings. The middle played really well. Deryk (Marks) and Pat (Kelly) had some good turns."
Miesville carried the momentum from their win over the Aces into the next night against the St. Paul Capitals at Jack Ruhr Field. The Mudhens gave up one run in the top of the first, but responded by tying the game in the bottom of the second on an error.
The Capitals took the lead 3-1 in the top of the fifth, but then Miesville broke the game open by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Spencer Merle led the inning off with a triple and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Charles Bruchu. Joey Werner followed Bruchu with a single, then Brian Sprout reached on an error. This set the stage for Pat Kelly to bring in Werner with an RBI single, which was followed by a two-RBI double by Ronnie Sweeny that scored Kelly and Sprout. Leading 5-3, the Mudhens added an insurance run on another double by Sweeny that scored Deryk Mark to make it 6-3, which was the final.
Mark Moriarty threw 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs (all earned) on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Lonnie Robinson relieved Moriarty and earned the win after pitching 1 2/3 innings where he struck out a batter. Connor Malcom threw two innings in relief and Andrew Werner pitched the ninth inning to get the save.
Sweeny led the Mudhens with four hits and three RBIs. Kelly and Joey Werner each had three hits.
Lyon's Pub and Dundas
Miesville jumped on the Lyon's Pub Warriors right away in the first and scored 10 runs in the first three innings on their way to 10-run the Warriors in seven innings. Steve Maher pitched five innings and gave up one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Malcom threw two innings in relief. Kelly led the Mudhens with three hits, while Sprout, Joey Werner and Jordy Horsch each had two hits. Sprout led the team with four RBIs, Matt Van Der Bosch had two and Kelly, Sweeny, Joey Werner and Sebastian Holte-Mancera all had one.
Miesville got out to a lead over the Dukes in the fourth and never looked back, blowing open the game with a five-run seventh. Jacob Dickmeyer tossed 7 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts, while Malcom threw 1 1/3 in relief. Sprout led the Mudhens with three hits and three RBIs, including a home run.
The Mudhens hosted the Northfield Knights on Tuesday, July 11, after this story went to print and then the Randolph Railcats the next day. The last game of their homestand is against the Rochester Royals on Friday, July 14, and then they travel to play the Hastings Hawks on July 16.