Class B Friday roundup (Miesville): Mudhens and Royals remain unbeaten

By Mike Marsnik

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

Riley Ahern held the Blaine Fusion at bay and the Miesville Mudhens banged out a dozen hits to win 6-1 Friday and remain unbeaten in the state tourney.

Ahern pitched 8 innings, allowing only six hits. He walked one and fanned seven on 110 pitches at Jack Ruhr Field, the Mudhens’ home park.

Miesville opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Ben Vujovich singled and an out later Austin LaDoux coaxed a walk. Mudhens DH Deryk Marks then cracked a singe to left, scoring Vujovich.

The Fusion knotted it up in the top of the second. Center fielder Pat Riewer led off the inning with a double to center. One out later Ryan Sutterer plated him with a shot up the middle.

Miesville took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Brian Sprout doubled with one out and with two out scored on a Vujovich single to left.

Sprout broke the game open in the fifth with a three-run shot over the left field scorebord. Max Moris (single) and Matt VanDerBosch (walk) scored ahead of him.

Fusion lefty Ronnie Donley was tagged with six runs (all earned) in his six innings of work. He surrendered 11 hits and four walks. He struck out four. Blakemon Ask pitched the final two, keeping the Mudhens off the board the rest of the way.

Sprout went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Vujovich had three hits in five at bats.

The Mudhens will face the other unbeaten team, the Rochester Royals, at 1:30 at Jack Ruhr Field. The Fusion will play Champlin Park prior to that, first pitch slated for 11 a.m.

Rochester Royals 3 Champlin Park LoGators 0

Southpaw Matt Meyer pitched a five-hit complete game shutout in the nightcap Saturday at Jack Ruhr Field. He struck out seven Champlin Park batters and walked none. He was economical, throwing no more than 13 pitches in any inning. He got through the game with 95 total pitches.

The Royals put up a run in the top of the first with LoGators’ starter Sam Riola having some control issues. Mike Michalak led off with a hit and stole second. Logan Milene and Bo McClintock drew one-out walks to load the bases. Michalak tagged and scored on Drew Block’s sac fly to left.

Riola and Meyer both put up goose eggs in the second, third and fourth innings. McClintock hit a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth to put the Royals ahead by two. Riola fanned the next three Royals to end that inning.

Dan Lyons singled and scored an unearned run on what might have been an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, when the relay throw sailed over the head of the LoGators’ first baseman.

Jerry Gooley pitched the ninth for the LoGators. Despite issuing three free passes he managed to keep Rochester from adding to their 3-0 lead. Meyer set the Nos. 3- 4- and 5-hitters down in order to close out the game.

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