Amateur Baseball: Mudhens best Aces in extras
Red Wing was able to extend Monday’s Classic Cannon Valley League game, but Miesville was able to finish it.
Playing at the Red Wing Athletic Field in the annual Memorial Day game, the Aces scored three runs in the ninth inning to tie the game at 4-4. But after being held scoreless since the third inning, the visiting Mudhens responded with a four-run 10th inning en route to an 8-4 CCVL victory.
“We struggled a little bit at the beginning … and worked our way back into the game,” said Red Wing manager Jimmy Bohmbach. “Then we had a couple bad bounces in the last inning there that did it in for us.”
Miesville looked in cruise control over the first four innings, thanks in large part to catcher Anthony Winters. The University of Ohio backstop and Rosemount native drove in three runs in the first two innings, finishing the afternoon 5-for-6 with a double.
“I’m feeling pretty confident right now,” Winters said. “I’m just trying to get on base: getting a hit, getting a walk, doing what I can to help out the team.”
With Tyler Beaulieu scoring on a bases-loaded walk in the third and the Aces leaving a pair of Mudhen runners in the fourth, Red Wing went to Jordan Warren to try and stop Miesville’s offense.
“I just went in with the mindset that I’m not going to try and overpower ‘em, but just try and throw strikes,” Warren said. “I got in the groove a little bit and keep them scoreless for a little bit.”
Usually reserved for a few innings of middle relief, Warren went six innings, holding the Mudhens to two hits through his first five innings.
“He’s been throwing great all year and it’s been a little while since he threw, so for him to come in and shut the door right away, that’s good to see,” Bohmbach said of Warren.
Meanwhile, Red Wing’s offense continued to sputter through six innings as Miesville starter Thomas Roob held the Aces to three hits in that span.
“Roob did a really good job. The biggest thing for him was throwing strikes and he did that the whole game,” Winters said. “All his stuff was working. His curveball looked really nice, his fastball was locating, his changeup wasn’t there today, but it’ll be there next time.”
Steve Boldt finally got the Aces on the board in the seventh with an RBI single that scored Tyler Goering. Then when the Mudhens went to the pen in the ninth, Red Wing finally strung together some offense.
After Mike Hommes drew a walk, Adam Thygesen drove him home with an RBI single through the infield. Boldt followed Thygesen with a single, and Zach Garner drew a bases-loaded walk. Down by one, Dave Jenson hit a game-tying sacrifice fly that scored Boldt.
“It was more of us being patient and seeing better pitches and not swinging at the first pitch right away,” Bohmbach said of the team’s late offensive success. “We started to do it towards the end.”
Warren added, “I knew we were going to bust loose at some point. It was just a matter of when.”
The Aces had a chance to end the game as Alex Quiding was at the plate with runners on second and third, but was struck out by Aaron Stein.
In the extra frame, Miesville finally put the game away. Charles Bruchu and Stein hit RBI singles, and Beaulieu hit a grounder that resulted in a run. Andrew Sandstrom ended the offensive surge with an RBI single.
The Mudhens are set to face Cannon Falls on June 1, while the Aces head to Minnetonka to take on the Millers on May 31.