Class B elimination games in Waconia: Miesville tops Champlin Park 5-4

Miesville kept scoring late, matching single runs by the Champlin Park LoGators, to hang on for a 5-4 Class B elimination game Saturday night in Waconia.

The Mudhens took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning, but Champlin Park wouldn’t go away easy, scoring single runs in the final three innings. Miesville matched it with runs in the eighth and ninth, capped by Max Moris’ game-winner, driving in Jake Smith, who earlier doubled.

Champlin Park’s Sam Riola continued his hot bat, leading off the game with a home run. But the LoGators’ bats stayed quiet over the next five innings, thanks in large part ot the efforts of Miesville starting pitcher Jacob Dickmeyer.

Dickmeyer finished with 7 innings pitched, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out seven and walking two.

His Miesville teammates first had tied things up at 1-1 with a run in the fourth inning. Joey Werner singled, stole second and scored on a Matt Van Der Bosch RBI single.

The Mudhens made it 3-1 with two more runs in the sixth. Max Gamm singled and stole second. After a walk to Werner, Gamm moved to third on an error and scored on another Van Der Bosch RBI single.

Champlin Park closed to within 3-2 in the seventh. Levi Brening and Dylan Wilson singled and Riola ripped an RBI single. And the LoGators made it 3-3 with another single run in the eighth. Ethan Moochi and Jeff Heuer singled, and Moochi scored on a Levi Brening double.

Miesivlle went up 4-3 in the bottom half of the inning on a Werner home run. 

Champlin Park kept battling back. Bryce Nelson singled off Quinn Kruger, who started his second inning in relief of Dickmeyer. Dylan Wilson laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Nelson eventually came around to score following a Matt Marek single and outfield error by right fielder Werner bottom of the ninth. Miesville’s Smith and Moris came through with their heroics.

Kruger earned the win in relief for Miesville. Jerry Cooley took the loss for Champlin Park.

Werner’s 2-for-3 game at the plate led Miesville. He scored three times and added an RBI. Van Der Bosch went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Miesville next takes on unbeaten Chanhassen and will need to win twice to claim the Class B title. First game is 7 p.m. Sunday in Chaska. If necessary, a finale would be 3 p.m. Monday in Chaska.

Champlin Park 4, New Market 2

Champlin Park took advantage of a three-run seventh inning to oust the New Market Muskies 4-2in Class B state tournament action Saturday in Waconia..

Sam Riola tossed the complete game victory for the LoGators, striking out 10 and allowing just two runs on six hits. Riola was also the top Champlin Park hitter, going 3-for-4.

Brett Herber tried to match Riola on both the mound and the plate. Herber pitched all nine innings, also allowing just six hits and four runs, three earned. He struck out six and walking just one. He was also the lone Muskies hitter with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 and scored a run.

Both teams scored single runs inJao the second. For Champlin Park, Ryan Bruns reached on a one-out error, then scored on Levi Brening’s double.

New Market came right back in the bottom half. Herber led off with a double and moved to third on a Taylor Pagel single. And Joe McKibben’s fielder’s choice grounder scored Herber to notch things up at 1-1.

It stayed that way until Champlin Park’s big seventh inning. Bruns got things going with a leadoff single. with Aaron Urlaub pinch running. Levi Brening then walked and Bryce Nelson laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Urlaub scored on a wild pitch before a Reid Conlee sacrifice fly. And after a throwing error moved runners up a base, another sacrifice fly by Jon Koening.

Riola, who’d given up just two hits through six innings, gave up a single run to New Market in the eighth inning. Tyler Bergstrom’s one-out single put a runner on first and Spencer Klein followed with a single. With two outs, Blake Schmit’s single dropped in to make it 4-2.

But Riola shut the door in the ninth. And the LoGators headed into a second elimiantion game in Waconia, this one against the Miesville Mudhens.

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