Class B roundup: Four-run 7th sends Miesville through to second round

By Nick Gerhardt

ScoreMonster Contributor

The 2022 Minnesota Baseball Association Class B state tournament kicked off Friday at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville for the Mudhens when they faced the Prior Lake Jays. It ended Sunday with an 11-1, seven-inning win for Miesville.

Rain Friday halted the game in the sixth inning with the No. 1-ranked Mudhens leading 6-1, but the Jays had the bases loaded with two outs. 

Shannon Ahern took over on the mound after brother Riley Ahern started Friday’s game. Shannon Ahern got a strikeout to end the inning and Miesville’s bats picked up where they left off Friday. 

Deryk Marks added to the lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning with an RBI single to make it 7-1.

The Mudhens got four runs to end the game via the 10-run rule in the seventh. Joey Werner’s double off the left field wall scored Ben Vujovich, who had an RBI single earlier in the inning, and Werner scored on a throwing error after he took off for third base on the throw to home to try to catch Vujovich, who scored from first base. 

Charley Hesse also scored in the seventh after drawing a walk, moving to second on a walk and crossing the plate on an error to make it 8-1 at the time. Vujovich’s single scored Max Moris to make it 9-1. 

Vujovich finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, three runs and two stolen bases but early on Hesse steered the offense. Hesse, a Henry Sibley grad, who just completed his senior season at North Dakota State, hit a third-inning grand slam home run to put top-seeded Miesville up 6-1 at the time. Hesse also had a double in the second inning and scored on a single from Josh Hawksford that gave the Mudhens a 2-1 lead. Hesse finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and three runs. Werner finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs as well.

Riley Ahern threw the first 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out five. 

Troy Lynch had two hits for Prior Lake, which reached the state tournament as a No. 8 seed in its section tournament. The Jays won a play-in game to reach the first round before losing 6-2 to Chaska. They then rattled off a pair of wins to secure the No. 4 slot for the state tournament. Jonah Hoeg had the other base hit for Prior Lake against Miesville.

Shannon Ahern threw 1 1/3 hitless innings, striking out two and walking one. 

Ben Eisenberg threw the first five innings for the Jays. He allowed six runs on six hits, walked four and struck out five. Henry Brandt took the mound for the restart on Sunday and allowed one run on one hit, walked five and struck out two in one-plus inning of work. Camden Weisz gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Miesville advances to face Anoka Friday at 7:30 p.m. at a site to be determined. The Bucs defeated Cold Spring 5-3 Saturday in Miesville. 

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