Class B Sunday roundup in Hamburg: Jurgella powers Chanhassen to 7-4 win over Champlin Park

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

Michael Jurgella delivered the big blow, a three-run homer to power Chanhassen to a 7-4 victory over Champlin Park Sunday at Hawk Field in Hamburg.

Jurgella, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, hit the three-run blast over the left-field fence to give Chanhassen a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Aaron Pfaff led off with a single to left, and Brandon Arnold beat out a bunt single ahead of Jurgella.

Also for the Red Birds at the plate, Arnold went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI, and Aaron Kloeppner batted 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Sam Riola of Champlin Park beat out an infield single and scored from first on a hit-and-run single down the left-field line by Ethan Mocchi in the top of the first to give Champlin a 1-0 lead. 

Despite an amazing diving catch by Champlin Park center fielder Jack Puder, the Red Birds scored a run to up their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the second. Pfaff was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single to left by Arnold.

Champlin Park scored three runs on five hits in top of fifth to forge a 4-4 tie with Chanhassen. Bryce Nelson, Reid Conlee, Derek Heldman, Riola and Puder all singled.

Chanhassen scored three runs on two hits in bottom of seventh to take 7-4 lead. Jurgella led off with a walk. Zach Hoffman reached on an error. Riley Johnson singled in Jurgella. Justin Anderson walked to load the bases and Kleppner singled in Johnson.

Chanhasen starting pitcher Thomas Thompson threw seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, no walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory.

Chanhassen reliever Logan Spitzack pitched the last two innings, allowing one run on two hits, one walk, while striking out two.

Champlin Park starting pitcher Jerry Gooley went six innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits, three walks with two strikeouts.

Reliever Charlie Hutchinson pitched the last two innings, allowing no runs on one hit, one walk and one strikeout.

Chanhassen next faces Miesville at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hamburg, while Champlin Park meets New Market at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Waconia.

Miesville 8, New Market 1

In a final four matchup, Miesville righthander Jake Dickmeyer pitched the Mudhens to an 8-1 victory over the New Market Muskies Sunday at Hawk Field in Hamburg.

Dickmeyer threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts. 

Miesville lefthanded reliever Thomas Shogren pitched a scoreless, hitless and walkless last 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout.

New Market pitcher Lucas Crimmins went the distance, throwing 150-plus pitches and allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits, two walks and nine strikeouts.

The Muskies took a 1-0 lead with a run in bottom of second. Joe McKibben and Crimmins singled, and catcher Spencer Kline drove in McKibben with a single to right.

Miesville took a 3-1 lead with three runs in top of third. Max Moris beat out an infield hit. Max Gamm doubled to left center to drive in Moris. Matt Van Der Bosch singled to right to drive in Gamm. Nate Hammes singled to left to plate Van Der Bosch.

Miesville upped its lead to 4-1 with a run in top of fifth. Van Der Bosch reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single to center by Hammes.

The Mudhens increased their lead to 5-1 over New Market with run in top of seventh. Joey Werner led off with a single to right, stole second and went to third on an overthrow of second. Hammes drove in Werner with a sacrifice bunt to first.

Miesville added three runs in top of ninth to up lead to 8-1. Ben Vojovich singled and stole second. Austin LaDoux singles. Hammes hits sacrifice fly to drive in Vujovich. Ronnie Sweeny doubled to the left field corner to drive in Brian Sprout and LaDoux.

Three Mudhens had two hits. Werner went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Hammes hit 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Moris finished 2-for-4 with one run.

Miesville plays the winner of Champlin Park and Chanhassen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hamburg. New Market plays the loser of Champlin and Chanhassen at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Waconia.

Chanhassen 2, Rochester 1

Two-time returning state Class B Most Valuable Player John Straka of the Chanhassen Red Birds won a pitchers’ duel with Rochester Royals lefthander Matt Meyer 2-1 on Sunday at Hawk Field in Hamburg.

Straka, a righthander who shut down the Royals in the last seven innings, went the distance, scattering 11 hits while walking none and striking out nine.

Meyer went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.

The three-time defending Class B champion Red Birds, who beat the Moorhead Mudcats in the first round 8-1, took a 1-0 lead in bottom of first inning. Brandon Arnold reached on an error and scored on a single to right by Zach Hoffmann.

Rochester tied it 1-1 with run in top of second. Jared Campbell doubled over the right fielder and scored on a single to center by Drew Block.

Chanhassen scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the second. Justin Anderson led off with a single to left. Justin Arnold reached on infield hit. Brandon Arnold drove in Anderson with a single to left. 

Three Royals had two hits. Drew Block went 2-for-3, Alex Holets and Nick Pearson finished  2-for-4.

The Red Birds return to Hawk Field at 4 p.m. today to face Champlin Park.

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