Games to Watch: Big Memorial Day matchups and tournaments loom

By Nick Gerhardt

Scoremonster Contributor

With Memorial Day Monday the annual meeting of rivals will take place on the baseball diamond. Miesville matches up with Red Wing, Northfield takes on Dundas, Jordan tackles Chaska, and Elko heads to New Market for some of the games going on. 

The rest of the week features big meetings as well. Forest Lake and Blaine meet up while the Dukes get things started with Miesville at Jack Ruhr Field. The Stearns County Classic and the Elko New Market Budweiser Classic both start June 1.

If you’ve got a big game coming up, let us know on Twitter @MinnBaseball, Facebook or email at Let us know of any schedule changes, too, so we can keep up-to-date on the upcoming games.

May 28

Miesville at Red Wing, 2 p.m.

The annual meeting between Classic Cannon Valley League foes Miesville and Red Wing takes plays Memorial Day in Red Wing. The Mudhens, the top-ranked team in Class B, just came from the Town Ball Classic where they defeated Victoria 13-0 behind an 18-hit attack.

The Aces have moved down to Class C this season and have started the season 5-0. Red Wing faced Northfield Sunday as well.

Brady Schroeder has hit .529 for the Aces with six RBI while Mitch Matter is hitting .444 with six RBI. Schroeder has also thrown a team-high 10 ⅔ innings and has a 3.37 ERA with 13 strikeouts.

Northfield at Dundas, 2 p.m.

The Cannon River rivalry took on a new dimension last season when the two teams met in the state tournament last year. The matchup features brothers facing each other like the Mathison and Maus boys. Jake and Todd Mathison faced other on the mound in the state tournament with younger brother Jake pitching a complete-game in a 4-3 Knights’ victory.

Northfield, ranked seventh in the Class B poll, has gotten off to a 3-1 start after an impressive 7-4 win over St. Louis Park.

The fourth-ranked Dukes are off to a 7-1 start after posting a 9-1 win over Hastings and a 12-2 victory over New Market. Section 1B foe Elko beat Dundas 4-3 back on May 18.

Haydn Lanoue is hitting .520 in seven games with eight RBI and Carson Jones has hit .500 in four games with 10 RBIs.

Elko at New Market, 2 p.m.

Elko and New Market are still chasing St. Patrick in the Dakota, Rice, Scott League standings as the Irish remain undefeated at 6-0. The Express are 3-1 while the Muskies sit at 5-1. Shakopee is also at 5-1.

Ninth-ranked Elko lost its season-opener 12-8 to the Prior Lake Mudcats and sit at 5-4 overall following a 1-0 loss to Hampton May 25.

New Market has bounced back from a 10-9 loss to St. Benedict with a 9-4 win over Lonsdale and a 7-0 win over St. Benedict May 20. The Muskies fell 12-2 to Dundas back on May 23.

The Elko New Market Budweiser Classic is set for June 1-3 with Lyon’s Pub, Forest Lake, Metro Knights, Minneapolis Cobras, St. Louis Park and the St. Paul Capitals set to participate with the hosts.

Jordan at Chaska, 6 p.m.

Jordan and Chaska renew an old rivalry in Chaska with the Brewers starting to gain some momentum with a three-game winning streak. Jordan (4-2, 2-1 RVL Class C) beat Veseli 9-0 May 18, the Shakopee Indians 11-5 May 20 and St. Peter 7-2 May 25.

Scott Hollingsworth knocked in three runs with a 2-for-4 game against the Saint while Adam Kalal and Joe Lucas each had three hits.

Eighth-ranked Chaska is 5-2 following a 9-2 loss to Minnetonka May 24 but has defeated two RVL Class C teams in Le Sueur and St. Peter.

May 29

Forest Lake at Blaine, 7:30 p.m.

Sixth-ranked Blaine (4-0) will see a busy schedule starting with Forest Lake. The Fusion will have five games in 11 days, including a matchup with seventh-ranked Northfield June 6.

But first they’ll face Metro Minny rival Forest Lake.

The Brewers are 2-2 but played second-ranked Chanhassen to a 7-5 game May 6 and went 2-0 at the Hinckley Leadoff Challenge with an 11-0 win over East Bethel and a 14-2 victory over Mora.

Jake Kari struck out nine against East Bethel for his first win while Jeff Brooks and Sean Graff each had three hits.

June 1

Minneapolis Angels at Cold Spring, 7:30 p.m.

The Minneapolis Angels had a three-game winning streak snapped May 22 when the Minneapolis Cobras beat them 5-2.

The Angels had 11 hits against the Cobras, led by Chris Schaaf, Kipp Youngquist, Brady Johnson and Jay Asmus with two each. Mike Carrell hit a solo homerun in the seventh inning.

Fifth-ranked Cold Spring has started 4-1 after a 5-3 loss to Beaudreau’s May 25. The Springers beat Raymond 6-4, St. Joseph 4-0, Minnetonka 9-4 and Sartell, which is ranked No. 3 in Class C, 7-2 in their home opener.

June 3

Dundas at Miesville, 2 p.m.

One of the best rivalries in the state will get started this season when Dundas travels to Miesville for a meeting of the Classic Cannon Valley and Section 1B rivals. The teams split the regular season meetings with each team winning in its park. They did play at CHS Field where the Mudhens won 5-2 in a non-league, non-section game.

The rosters have plenty familiarity with each other with many of the Dundas players having played together at St. Olaf. Miesville is coached by Chris Olean, the head coach of St. Thomas and a former Tommies player. Olean’s assistant coaches include Mudhen players Matt Van Der Bosch and Nate Hammes. Miesville’s Brian Sprout played at St. Olaf, too.

Carver at Green Isle, 6 p.m.

Sixth-ranked Carver has continued to roll and extended its winning streak to four games following an 8-3 win over Green Isle May 19 and a 6-5 win over Plato.

The Black Sox are getting solid pitching during that span. Mark Ulrich allowed just one earned run against Plato in 7 ⅔ innings.Stuart Maes threw five perfect innings with five strikeouts against the Irish.

Green Isle (5-1) bounced back from that loss with a 12-11 win over Cologne and a 14-8 victory over Hamburg. Nolan Hartmann got the win on the mound for the Irish against the Hawks

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