Class B roundup Saturday (Miesville): Champlin Park gets redemption, reaches first state title game

By Mike Marsnik

ScoreMonster Contributor

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Photos via: Kevin Atkins

Champlin Park had a chance to advance to the championship game last season after working through the loser’s bracket but Miesville stood in the way and defeated the LoGators 5-4 on a walk-off single from Max Moris. This season Champlin Park didn’t have to worry about a walk-off.

The LoGators advanced to their first championship game with a 7-5 victory over the Mudhens after defeating Blaine 4-0 earlier in the day.

Both teams started lefties, Shannon Ahern for Miesville and Will Whelan for Champlin Park. Ahern gave up three runs in the first three innings. Whelan outlasted him, allowing only two runs in five-plus innings.

Jack Haring, the third hurler for the LoGators, notched the win with 3 1/3 innings of solid relief. He allowed a solo homer to Austin LaDoux in the eighth, which turned out to be too little and too late.

Ethan Mocchi hit a two-run homer into the cornfield beyond the left field fence to give the LoGators a 3-2 lead in the third inning. That score held until the bottom of the sixth when the Mudhens sent nine batters to the plate, scoring three runs on two hits and three walks. By the time the inning ended they had a 4-3 lead.

The LoGators scored pairs of runs in the seventh and eighth led by Sam Riola, who singled and scored in the seventh, then tripled and scored in the eighth. Jack Puder and Mocchi also scored two runs each in the game. Those three comprise the top of the Champlin Park batting order. Mocchi also drove in three runs.

The Mudhens seemed haunted by an inability to get the clutch hits when they really needed them. They had runners on base in every inning, but managed to strand 13 in the course of the game. They went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Champlin Park now faces the unbeaten Rochester Royals in Dundas Sunday at 7:30  p.m. If they lose that game, the tournament is over with the Royals as champs. If Champlin Park wins, they must beat the Royals in a 3 p.m. Labor Day winner-take-all finale in Faribault.

Rochester 4, Miesville 2

The Miesville Mudhens made a game of it as the Rochester Royals gave them two extra outs in  the bottom of the ninth, but the Royals held on to win 4-2. The game ended with two aboard and one out on a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Brian Sprout.

Mateo Finocchi went the distance for Rochester. The southpaw gave up a sixth-inning homer to Joey Werner, but only four other hits. He fanned five, walked one and hit one batter. He threw 123 pitches, 71 of them for strikes.

The Royals scored two in the first on four singles. Tate Meiners scored on Drew Block’s hit and Logan Milene scored on Nick Pearson’s knock.

Mudhens starter Quinn Kruger issued back-to-back walks to  Milene and Bo McClintock in the top of the fifth with one out. Block drove them both in with a double to left-center. That completed the Royals scoring. It was all Finocchi required in the way of support.

Throwing errors by Block from first and Alex Holets at third put Deryk Marks and Ronnie Sweeny aboard for the Mudhens in the bottom of the ninth and no out. Riley Ahern pinch-ran and scored on a shot to right field by Matt VanDerBosch. Brian Spout hit Finocchi’s 0-2 delivery to short and the double play brought the game to its conclusion.

The Mudhens now face the Champlin Park LoGators.

Champlin Park 4, Blaine 0

Southpaw Charlie Hutchinson blanked the Blaine Fusion on a four-hitter in the opening game at Jack Ruhr Field this morning, keeping the Champlin Park LoGators alive in the tournament. He struck out 11 and walked only one in the complete game 128-pitch effort.

The LoGators scored twice in the top of the second and added two more in the fifth. Drake Siens and Reid Conlee opened the second with singles. Ryan Bruns walked to force Siens in with one out. Bryce Nelson reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Sam Riola’s fielder’s choice to put the LoGators ahead 2-0.

They plated two in the fifth on four hits.

Jack Puder, Ethan Mocchi and Reid Conlee all had multiple hits for the LoGators.

Champlin  Park will now face the loser of the clash between the remaining unbeatens: Miesville and Rochester. That game is set for 4:30 p.m. today.

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