The Miesville Mudhens won two games this past weekend to advance to the winners’ bracket final and are two wins away from another Class B state championship. Miesville blew out the East Grand Forks Mass 12-2 on Saturday, Aug. 28, in Hamburg and then yesterday defeated the New Market Muskies 8-1.
The Mudhens will face a familiar foe, the Chanhassen Red Birds, on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hamburg. Chanhassen beat Miesville in the exact same game last summer by a score of 4-2. The Red Birds also won two straight against the Mudhens in 2018 for the Class B State championship coming out of the consolation bracket after losing to Miesville in the championship bracket finals.
Miesville’s 12-2 win over East Grand Forks came in seven innings due to the 10-run rule. They led 5-0 through the first six innings before the Mass cut the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the seventh. However, the Mudhens then exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Riley Ahern went all seven innings for Miesville to earn the win. He gave up those two runs -- only one of which was earned due to an error -- on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Miesville put the ball in plenty off of three East Grand Forks pitchers as they racked up 12 hits while the Mass committed a crazy six errors. Austin LaDoux, Nate Hammes, Jake Smith and Max Morris all had two hits apiece. Hammes had three RBIs and a run scored while Brian Sprout brought in two runs. Joey Werner, Smith and Ronnie Sweeney had an RBI apiece.
Against New Market, Miesville fell behind early as the Muskies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The Mudhens responded in the top of the third though, scoring three runs in the inning, and never looked back as they added runs in the fifth and seventh innings before plating three more in the top of the ninth to close the door for an 8-1 final. For the second game in a row, Miesville’s opponent booted the ball around as New Market committed four errors a day after East Grand Forks committed six in their loss to Miesville.
Jacob Dickmeyer started on the mound for the Mudhens and went 7 ⅔ innings for the win. He allowed just the one earned run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Thomas Shogren relieved Dickmeyer in the eighth and pitched the rest of the game. He threw 1 ⅓ scoreless innings with a strikeout.
Hammes led the Miesville offense as he went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, which was complemented by Sweeney who was 1-for-5 with a two-RBI double. Werner and Matt Van Der Bosch added an RBI apiece as nine out of 10 Mudhen batters recorded a hit.
Should Miesville beat Chanhassen on Friday, they would then face whoever comes out of the consolation bracket on Sunday, Sept. 5. If the team from the consolation bracket wins that game, a second game would be played on Labor Day due to the double-elimination format. Champlin Park and New Market play on Saturday, with the winner facing the loser of Miesville/Chanhassen in the consolation championship later on Saturday. The full Class B bracket can be found here.