Amateur Baseball: Miesville completes comeback against Red Wing
MIESVILLE, Minn. - History repeated itself on Monday between Red Wing and Miesville.
Last year, the Aces led by six runs heading into the eighth against the Mudhens on Memorial Day in Red Wing before losing 8-6.
On Monday, Red Wing held a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the seventh inning when Miesville took advantage of a disputed call to put up five runs in the inning and win 6-4 at Jack Ruhr Field.
"Just got to let this one go," Aces' co-manager Andy Gibart said. "It just wasn't in the cards today. If it was a nice day, might take a little more away from it and be more disappointed because of the weather."
The Mudhens tallied three hits, walked twice and reached on an error in the seventh inning.
"A sloppy day like today, you've got to execute and you've got to find a way," Miesville manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. "We got to them and we kept putting pressure on them."
Aaron Johnson put forth another excellent outing for Red Wing (7-2) but reached the 100-pitch mark after six innings and didn't go back out for the seventh. He allowed one run on six hits and four walks to go along with five strikeouts.
"He got out of some jams and did what he does every game," Gibart said. "On a wet day like this in May, I didn't want to stretch him anymore and in a way it cost us bringing in relief pitchers. We expect those guys to do the job too. We wish Aaron could have gone deeper but the fact he was over 100 (pitches) in May, it didn't make sense."
Miesville (2-1) received an equally impressive performance from Ryan Fritze, who threw seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks. Two of the runs were unearned on errors by Fritze.
"He still needs to learn little things like command of his breaking balls and things like that," Van Der Bosch said. "He battles, he competes which is great. ... He made his own trouble with throwing that bunt away but when it's wet like this that stuff will happen."
Andrew Werner pitched two perfect innings to pick up the save after Chris Olean faced two hitters but suffered an injury that forced him out of the game.
David Olson was 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Mudhens. David Vogelgesang went 2-for-3.
Adam Thygesen finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and Kyle Blahnik was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Aces, who were held to seven hits in the loss.
"We didn't do enough offensively to win," Gibart said.
Red Wing plated all three of its runs in the fifth inning with the help of an error by Fritze. Zach Laffey led off with a single and Blahnik tallied a single in the ensuing at-bat. Then, Dave Jenson bunted to move the runners up, but Fritze threw the ball away to give the Aces a 2-0 lead. Ty Buck followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jenson. Van Der Bosch reinjured a past knee injury on the play and will not return to action for "a while," he said.
"Two years ago, I blew out my knee and came back from it, I didn't have surgery or anything so it just healed up on its own a little bit," Van Der Bosch said. "I caught that fly ball and went to stop to throw and it just kind of hyperextended and buckled again."
The Mudhens tallied a run in the bottom half of the fifth inning with a walk to Brad Beskau, a ,double by Olson and a sacrifice fly from Alex LaShomb, who finished 1-for-4 with two RBI.
In the seventh inning, Red Wing's lead evaporated quickly as Brady Schroeder came on in relief. Charles Bruchu walked to start the inning and Beskau hit into a fielder's choice as Bruchu appeared out at second base but was called safe.
"I'm never a guy to criticize umps but that force play at second base, it changed the whole inning," Gibart said. "That's what prompted their big inning. It's unfortunate when you have bad calls like that."
Olson doubled again to bring in a run, LaShomb tied the game with a single and Colin Keefe walked to load the bases again for Miesville. With the infield drawn in to cut down a run at the plate, an error and defensive interference brought in two runs for a 5-3 lead. Werner hit into a fielder's choice to score Keefe for the final run of the inning.
The Aces added a run in the eighth inning but went down in order in the final inning.
"We had a little rally together and hit some balls after we had (runners on) first and second in the eighth inning," Gibart said, "but it just didn't fall, we hit them right at guys."
Red Wing travels to face the Cold Spring Springers Friday, and the Mudhens host Northfield Sunday.