Class B roundup Saturday in Hamburg: Champlin survives in 12 innings over Victoria 3-2

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

In a nail-biter all the way, Champlin Park edged Victoria 3-2 in 12 innings Saturday at Hawk Field in Hamburg.

Ryan Bruns drove in the game-winning run on a bloop single to right. Champlin loaded the bases when Sam Riola reached on an error, Jack Puder sacrifice bunted him to second. Ethan Mocchi was intentionally walked. A wild pitch advanced the runners up to second and third. Jeff Heuer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Bruns delivered the game-winning hit to drive in Riola.

Victoria took a 1-0 lead in top of first inning on three walks and a broken bat single by Carter Schmitt.

Champlin Park tied it 1-1 with run in bottom of second. Jon Koenig drove in Bryce Nelson with a single.

A Champlin Park runner was called out for leaving too early on a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Left fielder Jon Leighton made a nice back-peddling catch on the play.

Victoria took a 2-1 lead in bottom of fourth. Jared Davidson led off with walk, went to second on sacrifice bunt by Trey Cavello and scored on single to left by Hunter Even.

In the bottom of the fifth, a double and a single put runners on second and third, but Champlin right fielder Jeff Heuer threw out a runner attempting to score on a close play on a sacrifice fly. 

Champlin tied Victoria 2-2 with run in bottom of ninth to send it to extra innings. Matt Marek was hit by pitch. Sam Riola lined out to short, but the throw to first for the double play went awry and allowed pinch runner Derek Heldman went to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Jack Puder.

Champlin starting pitcher Sam Riola pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out four.

Champlin left-handed pitcher Jerry Cooly replaced Riola with no outs and a runner on first in the eighth inning. Cooly pitched one inning with two strikeouts, no hits, no walks and no runs.

Jack Haring finished up the last four innings to earn the victory. He didn’t allow a run on two hits, no walks and one strikeout.

Victoria starting pitcher Riley Sweeney went six innings, allowing one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three.

Reliever Jack Garrison threw the last six innings in picking up the loss. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Jack Puder led Champlin in hitting, going 2-for-4.

Joey Costello and Carter Schmitt had two hits each for Victoria.

Champlin is scheduled to play the winner of Chanhassen and Rochester at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hamburg. Chanhassen and Rochester were rained out Saturday and rescheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday at Hamburg.

Miesville 12, East Grand Forks 2 7 innings

The Miesville Mudhens combined good hitting with good pitching and fielding to defeat the East Grand Forks Mass 12-2 in seven innings Saturday afternoon at Hawk Field in Hamburg.

Starting pitcher Riley Ahern went the distance to earn the victory. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, and two walks, while striking out seven.

The Mudhens collected 12 hits, including two each by four players. Austin LaDoux went 2-for-2 with two runs. Nate Hammes finished 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs. Jake Smith finished 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Max Moris went 2-for-4.

Miesville opened the scoring with two runs in bottom of the first inning. Max Gamm led off with single to center, went to second on wild pitch and scored on a opposite field single to left by Joey Werner. LaDoux walked. The runners went to second and third on pickoff throwing error. Werner scored on sacrifice fly by Hammes.

Miesville scored three runs in bottom of the third to up the lead to 5-0. Werner led off with walk. La Doux singled to left. Jake Smith singled to right to drive in Werner. LaDoux scored on error on the throw home. Ronnie Sweeny doubled in Smith.

East Grand Forks scored two runs in top of seventh to reduce the Miesville lead to 5-2. Jacob Hjelle led off with single, Reed Hjelle walked, Neil Nagel singled, Jacob Hjelle scored on error. TJ Hokanson drove in Reed Hjelle with a groundout.

Miesville scored seven runs in the seventh to take a 12-2 lead and end the game early because of the 10-run rule.

Werner led off by reaching on an error. Matt Van Der Bosch was hit by a pitch. LaDoux beat out a bunt single to load the bases. Hammes hit a two-RBI single to drive in Werner and Van Der Busch. Smith reached on a two-base bunt error that scored LeDoux. Ronnie Smith walked to pack the bases again. Brian Sprout hit a two-RBI single to plate Hammes and Smith. Moris singled to load the bases again. Gramm reached on an error to score Sprout and Sweeny to end the game.

East Grand Forks starting pitcher Jake Osowski went three innings, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Reliever Clarke Peterson threw the last four innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks.

Nagel led the Mass in hitting, going 2-for-3.

Miesville plays next at 1 p.m. Sunday against the New Market Muskies at Hamburg.

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