The Miesville Mudhens advanced in the Minnesota Baseball Association’s Class B State Tournament very late Sunday night/early Monday morning after starting the game Friday evening. That’s right, technically the Mudhens’ matchup against the Chaska Cubs lasted well over 48 hours from first pitch to its conclusion. The two teams played just over three innings on Friday, Aug. 20, before the game was called in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain with plans to be resumed at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
However, once game-time Sunday rolled around, there was yet another rain delay that turned into storms. The two teams did not restart the game until 10 p.m. and wrapped up close to midnight. The delays were not able to slow up the Mudhens, though, as they went on to beat the Cubs 9-0 to advance to the quarterfinals against the East Grand Forks Mass. That game will be on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. in Hamburg. Should Miesville win, they would play the winner of the St. Michael Saints and New Market Muskies the next day, also at 1 p.m. in Hamburg. Lose and their season comes to an end.
Jacob Dickmeyer started on the mound for the Mudhens and gave up just two hits through four innings on Friday. The Miesville offense jumped on the Cubs early as well. In the bottom of the first, Max Gamm singled and Joey Werner reached on an error. Matt Van Der Bosch then moved them over with a sacrifice bunt and Austin LaDoux hit a sacrifice fly to score Gamm. The next batter was Nate Hammes, who also reached on an error that allowed Werner to score and Miesville led 2-0 after the first inning.
The Mudhens scored three more runs in the bottom of the second. Brian Sprout and Max Morris led off with consecutive singles and Sprout came around to score on a single by Gamm and an error by the Chaska pitcher. Werner then cleared the bases with a triple that brought in Morris and Gamm to make it 5-0, which was the score before the game was paused.
Riley Ahern took the mound for Miesville on Sunday once play resumed and pitched four shutout innings as well. The Mudhens added a run in the seventh in three more in the bottom of the eighth for the 9-0 final. Thomas Shogren pitched the ninth.
Dickmeyer’s final line was four innings pitched where he gave up two hits and two walks for the no-decision. Ahern earned the win after going four innings and giving up two hits with eight strikeouts. Shogren walked one batter in his inning of work.
Gamm led the Miesville offense and was named player of the game after going 3-for-5 at the plate and scoring three runs. Brian Sprout and Morris both had two hits apiece while Werner and LaDoux each had a pair of RBIs. A total of eight different Mudhens had at least one hit in the contest.