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Amateur baseball: Mudhens go 3-0 over past week to even up with Northfield

Jordy Horsch beats out the throw to first after laying down a bunt for a single. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Brendan McKevitt singles, one of this three hits on the game to lead the Mudhens. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Nate Hammes slams on the brakes after rounding second in the win over Austin. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Hammes pokes a ball into right field for a hit against the Greyhounds. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Hosting Austin

The Miesville Mudhens solidly put away the Austin Greyhounds 8-1 last Wednesday night at Jack Ruhr Field. With it being Wednesday the game did not attract the largest crowd, but it did not affect the Mudhens as they hopped on the Greyhounds early and never looked back. They scored two runs in the bottom of the second, three in the fourth and three more and in eighth to put the game away. Austin scored their lone run in the top of the seventh.

Connor Malcolm, who pitches for Bethel University, started on the mound for the Mudhens and threw seven strong innings in which he gave up just one run on seven hits and walk while striking out eight. He was relieved by manager Chris Olean, who threw two innings, giving up just one hit and walking two to go along with five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the second, Nate Hammes scored on a two-run home run by Reed Collins. They scored three in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by Brendan McKevitt and Matt Van Der Bosch, with the other coming as a result of an error and fielder's choice. Thomas Bruchu and Joey Werner each had an RBI single in the eighth and Brian Sprout drove in another on a sacrifice fly.

McKevitt led Miesville with three hits, while Van Der Bosch, Deryk Marks and Hammes each had two. Collins had two RBI and scored three runs while McKevitt and Hammes each scored twice. A total of eight different Mudhen batters had a hit in the game.

Walk-off against the other Mudhens

Friday night Miesville beat the other Mudhens from St. Paul 6-5 on Friday night when they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth after trailing 5-2. Austin Murr hit a two-RBI single to win the game for Miesville and Marks threw three shutout innings in relief of the starter Bruchu to get the win.

St. Paul scored two runs in the first and one each in the second, third and fourth to lead 5-0. Miesville scored two in the bottom of the sixth and then made their big comeback in the ninth to get the victory. Murr had three of Miesville's seven hits and also head three RBI. Van Der Bosch, Steve Maher and Chris Olean had the others. Bruchu threw six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Marks went three innings with five strikeouts and no hits or walks allowed.

Sunday in Hampton

The Mudhens traveled to Hampton on Sunday and routed the Cardinals 10-3. Miesville started the game hot with four runs in the top of the first and then sealed the game with five more in the top of the eighth and one in the ninth.

Shannon Ahern pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks with six strikeouts to earn the win. He was relieved by Steve Maher who was quickly chased after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Connor Malcolm came in and pitched a shutout the last two innings.

Murr stayed hot with three more hits, along with Hammes and McKevitt. Murr also had three RBI, while Sprout had two and Hammes, McKevitt and Bruchu each had one.

With the three wins over the past week, Miesville is now tied with Northfield atop Section 1B, both with 6-1 records. The two teams have already split their two games this season. Miesville hosts the Shakopee Indians on June 27 and the Rochester Royals on June 29.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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