Class C roundup Sunday in Chaska: Miesville continues momentum from Friday

By Mike Randleman

ScoreMonster contributor

In baseball, there’s time to think things over in between pitches. Seconds, sometimes even minutes. But rarely hours.

Fifty hours passed for the Miesville Mudhens and Chaska Cubs to reconvene on the diamond with a trip to the Class B quarterfinals on the line.

When play halted Friday night due to inclement weather, Miesville, the home team home on the scoreboard, led 5-0 with no outs and a 2-1 count to Ben Vujovich in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The plan was to resume 7 p.m. Sunday back at Chaska Athletic Park. Mother Nature got in the way. Rain and lightning delayed the resumption to 10 p.m.

The Mudhens continued their momentum from Friday’s hot start. They tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth for a 9-0 win.

Leadoff hitter Max Gamm led Miesvile going 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Brian Sprout and Max Moris added two hits and two runs scored each.

Jacob Dickmeyer pitched four innings on Friday but did not resume Sunday. He allowed two hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Riley Ahern carried the torch with four more innings of two-hit ball and struck out eight. Thomas Shogren pitched a scoreless ninth.

Justin Johnson led the Cubs’ offense with a 2-for-4 game in the No. 3 slot. Joey Werner made his one hit count with a two-RBI triple.

Ryan Rodriguez took the loss, lasting 2 1/3 innings on Friday.

Miesville advances to play the East Grand Forks Mass 1 p.m. Saturday in Hamburg. East Grand Forks advanced with a 7-1 win against the Anoka Bucs.

Foley hacks down Stark

Fitting that a Lumber Jack sent a baseball screaming through the trees.

Luis Massa hit a monstrous blast to left center field and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle to lead the Foley Lumber Jacks past the Stark Longhorns, 6-4, in the third game of the day Sunday at Chaska Athletic Park.

It was a back-and-forth affair with Foley, appearing in its fourth straight state tournament and fifth in the last six years, drawing first blood.

Despite being doubled up on a liner up the middle, the Jacks still scored in the top of the first inning thanks to an error in right field.

Massa hit a double off the left field wall to make it 2-0 Foley in the top of the second. He finished the day 3-for-3 with two walks, one of which was intentional.

Zach Haala was one of three Longhorns with two hits. His RBI triple pulled Stark within a run in the second.

The Longhorns, appearing in their second state tournament in three years after a six-year drought, grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third. Mason Cox hit what appeared to be a routine grounder to end the inning, but a sky-high hop off the dirt drove in two runs.

Foley starting pitcher Ryan Chmielewski recovered to post zeroes in the next four innings.

Jaden Richert, a draftee from the Leavenworth Orioles, went the distance for Stark. He surrendered a pair of runs in the fifth on Massa’s solo shot and a Brandon Buesgens two-out single that tipped off of the glove of a diving Jace Marotz in right field.

The Jacks added a lone insurance run in the sixth and eighth inning, both on Drew Beier sacrifice flies.

Beier was also credited with the save in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Before he came in, the Longhorns cut the deficit to 6-4 on a Haala double that ended Chmielewski’s day.

Chmielewski allowed eight hits, two walks and struck out eight. Richert gave up nine hits, four earned runs, four walks (one intentional) and struck out three.

Beier gave up one hit and retired the side in order in the ninth.

Cox (2-for-3), Haala (2-for-4) and Nick Labat (2-for-4) accounted for six of Stark’s nine hits. 

Foley advances to the second round to face the Waconia Lakers 7:30 p.m. Friday in Waconia. Waconia received a round one bye by virtue of its Region 7 championship.

Rademacher’s complete game shutout lifts Princeton

Runs continued to be hard to come by in the second game of the day Sunday at Chaska Athletic Park.

All it took was a timely hit for the Princeton Panthers to get by the St. Stephen Steves, 1-0.

Jake Oakes came up clutch with a pinch hit RBI single to drive in Daniel Voce who got the rally started with a double.

David Rademacher went the distance for Princeton, allowing seven hits and one walk to go with seven strikeouts. He overcame two errors behind him.

Both teams ended with seven hits. St. Stephen had plenty of chances to get on the board. The Steves left two runners on base in the third inning, had the bases loaded in the fourth, had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth and had runners on the corners in the seventh.

Landon Lunser did his part on the mound. The St. Stephen righthander lasted 7 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. Fort Ripley Rebels draftee, Brett Kramer, got out of a jam with runners on first and second for the last out of the eighth.

Sam Archer and Voce went 2-for-4 to lead Princeton, which made its first state tournament appearance since 2018. Voce’s double was the game’s lone extra-base hit.

St. Stephen qualified for state for the first time since 2008. The Steves were led at the plate by a 2-for-4 day by Ben Omann and 2-for-5 by Jake Schelonka.

Princeton advances to the second round 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Waconia to face the Watkins Clippers. Watkins received a round one bye by way of winning Region 11.

State tournament newcomer Eagle Lake shocks Cannon Falls

Qualifying for the state tournament was an underdog story in and of itself for the Eagle Lake Expos.

The Class C squad originated in 2018 and had yet to make it to state until an improbable run this summer. The Expos went 4-10 in the 13-60 League and were the No. 12 seed in Region 6 before heating up at the right time to clinch the second seed out of the region.

The run continued Sunday at Chaska Athletic Park when Eagle Lake knocked off a veteran squad in the Cannon Falls Bears, 2-1.

Luke Johnson had a go-ahead RBI single with two outs that proved to be the game-winner. It was the second unearned run allowed by 42-year-old state tournament mainstay, Keith Meyers. The runner who scored reached on an errant throw from the shortstop earlier in the inning.

Meyers picked off two base runners as part of an outing with nine hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. One of them came at second base in the sixth, though the Expos recovered to push one across in the frame after a potential inning-ending double play ball was thrown past second base into the outfield.

Eagle Lake starter Mitch Kelly pitched an efficient four innings, holding Cannon Falls to two hits, two walks and no runs with three strikeouts. He was pulled for Waterville Indians draftee, Dalton Grose, to start the fifth.

The lefty Grose went the final five innings with an unearned run allowed on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Cannon Falls tied the game in the top of the seventh. An error on the second baseman on a hard hit ball led to a runner safe at second on a potentia force out and a run to score.

Owen Atherton and Jake Schreiber each went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead Eagle Lake. Peter Haggerty went 2-for-4 to lead Cannon Falls.

Neither team had an extra-base hit.

Eagle Lake advances to play the Luverne Redbirds 7 p.m. Saturday in Chaska. Luverne earned a first round bye by way of a Region 13 championship.

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