CLASS B ROUNDUP AT WACONIA: Miesville upends St. Paul Mudhens, Anoka stuns Lyon’s Pub, Irish roll

By Bill Nelson

Photo via Justin Braun Images

In a game that started slowly during the first three innings, Miesville came to life in the fourth inning when Brock Rinehart clobbered a long home run to right field and didn’t look back in a 6-2 victory. St. Paul got out of the inning, but Miesville went back to work in the fifth inning.  

Matt Van Der Bosch led off with a double and Austin LaDoux reached on an error by the St. Paul shortstop with Van Der Bosch unable to advance.  Joey Warner singled for a run scoring Van Der Bosch.  St. Paul changed pitchers and brought in Miles Morris. Forty-three year-old Brian Sprout greeted him with a booming double down the left field line scoring both LaDoux and Werner.  Nate Hammes finished the inning with a grounder to first scoring Sprout making it 5-0.  

Miesville scored again in the sixth inning.  Alex Hendrickson reached on a base hit that dropped between the right fielder and the second baseman.  He moved up on a grounder to first and scored on another Warner RBI grounder to first.  

Jake Dickmeyer was the winning pitcher going five innings before giving way to 6-foot, 11-inch lefty Trever Koenig. Koenig pitched three innings giving up no runs and striking out six.  Quinn Kruger pitched the last inning for Miesville giving up a two run single to Riley Schwellenbach making the final 6-2.

“We had a lot of runners in scoring position that we didn’t capitalize on. I think all it took for us was to get one hit.  Brock hit that big home run and got us going,” said Hammes, the 2017 Minnesota Baseball Association MVP and Miesville catcher.  “As the tournament goes on, we’ll get better in those situations. First game is always tough. We got the jitters out — well for the young guys anyway,” he quipped.  

Sprout got a big hit in the in the fifth. When asked how he keeps producing over all the years he commented, “I’m old enough, but I left a small village on the bases in my earlier at bats. I hit a breaking ball. He hadn’t thrown one yet. He didn’t throw one during warm-ups and he didn’t throw one during the first two pitches, so I wasn’t sitting on anything. I was just trying to hit it. I’ll keep showing up until they take me off.”  

The battle of the Mudhens turned out in Miesville’s favor. Its Section 1 teams did well this weekend. St. Patrick, Dundas and Miesville all won and Northfield played a tough game, losing to Air Freight and Graham Laubscher the 2021 Class A MVP, 2-0. 

Anoka 8, Lyon’s Pub 2

The Anoka Bucs scored two runs in the eighth inning and added four more in the ninth to defeat No. 1-ranked Lyon’s Pub 8-2.

The fourth-seeded Bucs broke open a close game late that featured multiple great fielding plays. The score was 2-2 from the fourth inning until Anoka scored in the eighth.  

In the eighth, JD Wells led off with with a single, was sac bunted to second. Tanner Thompson was intentionally walked and after a long fly to left with both runners tagging up and advancing, Trent Fredenburg smashed a single to score both runners for a 4-2 lead.  

Then in the ninth Anoka struck again. Zach Romans walked, Wells doubled, Tanner Thompson was intentionally walked again, and Fredenburg hit a long home run to left field for a grand slam — the first home run of the tournament at Waconia. 

Austin Lang pitched the first six and two thirds innings for Anoka. He gave up five hits, two walks and struck out two. He ended with 96 pitches.  Zach Romans relieved and finished the game striking out one, with no walks and no runs allowed.  

The Bucs face Miesville next Saturday.

St. Patrick 7, St. Paul Capitals 1

St. Patrick pitcher Ryan Friedges gave up a first inning run and held tight after that, beating the St. Paul Capitals 7-1.  He also had three hits and two RBI to earn Player of the Game honors.  

St. Patrick answered in the first with an RBI fielder’s choice by Seth Ambroz scoring Kal Brohmer.  St. Patrick scored three more runs in the fourth helped by two Capitals’ errors and a Ryan Friedges’ two-run single.  The Irish scored three more runs in the eighth to put the victory away.   

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