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Mudhens cruise over Victoria in first round of Class B state tournament

Spencer Merle makes the catch in foul territory during the Mudhens 13-3 win over the Victoria Vics. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
First-baseman Deryk Marks fields a hard-hit ground ball and races to the bag. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Shannon Ahern threw six stellar innings to get the win over the Victoria Vics. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Miesville Mudhens cruised to a 10-run , 13-3 victory in eight innings over the Victoria Vics Sunday afternoon in the first round of the Minnesota Baseball Association Class B state tournament. The Mudhens prevailed at the Mini-Met in Jordan despite some clerical errors that caused some mass confusion in the middle of the game. Miesville moves on to the double-elimination portion of the tournament Friday when they take on the Forest Lake Brewers in Shakopee. The winner of that game goes on to play the next day in Jordan at 2 p.m. while the loser drops to the consolation bracket and plays Aug. 31.

Shannon Ahern started on the mound for the Mudhens and was near untouchable in his six innings. The only blemish came in the top of the fifth when the Vics scored three runs, but none were earned as an error earlier in the inning allowed the inning to continue. Miesville did not play the cleanest game as they committed a couple of errors, had a baserunning mistake that cost them a run and had a few misplayed balls in the outfield, but none of it proved too costly.

The Mudhens scored two runs in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Sebastian Holte-Mancera and then an RBI sac fly by Brad Goulet. The next inning they blew the game wide open by batting around in the order and scoring seven runs on five hits. Brian Sprout had an RBI-single while Dawson Degnan and Matt Van Der Bosch both brought in two runners on singles. A few Victoria errors also contributed to the big inning.

They scored three more in the bottom of the fifth on an two-RBI double by Van Der Bosch and an RBI single from Deryk Marks. It was then that the confusion started as there were some mixups with the Mudhens' lineup cards that were submitted, which resulted in Jacob Dickmeyer being unable to come in to pitch and Ben Zocher being ruled ineligible while he was pinch running and causing an out. However, it proved to have no effect besides to frustrate numerous players and fans, as Miesville walked-off on a Goulet RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth for the win.

Ahern got the win with six innings pitched and three runs given up (none earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Connor Malcom threw two innings of relief with four strikeouts and two walks. Van Der Bosch led the team with four RBI while Goulet and Degnan each had two. Jordy Horsch led the team with four hits (all singles) while Van Der Bosch had three and several other players two hits apiece.

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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