Aces end losing streak against Miesville
Jimmy Bohmbach drilled a hanging changeup over the left-field wall in the sixth inning Monday to snap a tie and lead Red Wing to a 4-3 victory over the Mudhens. With the win at the Athletic Field, the Aces ended an eight-game losing streak to their rivals from Miesville.
"Getting over this hump is a huge confidence boost for us," Aces player/assistant manager Andy Gibart said. "They've owned us and now we know we can beat 'em."
Red Wing's first three runs came in the first inning and two of them were unearned. With a run already in on Zach Laffey's RBI single and two on, Dave Jensen hit a fly to right field that looked like the third out.
Brad Beskau appeared to have it measured, but he failed to make the catch and both runners scored.
"To come out with three runs I think was huge just confidence wise," said Bohmbach, the team's manager. "
The four runs was all Gibart and three Red Wing relievers needed. Gibart went the first six, allowing three earned runs on nine hits. He struck out one, hit one and didn't walk anyone.
"That's a typical Gibby start," first baseman Kyle Blahnik said. "He's gonna change speeds, hit his spots. He's gonna be effectively wild. He's not just gonna throw all strikes. He's gonna change the batter's eye level where he's throwing."
Gibart never retired the side in order, but he also didn't allow more than one run in an inning.
"The big difference I think was we couldn't come up with that two-out hit," Mudhens player/manager Matt Van Der Bosch said.
A pair of big innings cost the Aces when the two teams met on Memorial Day in Miesville and the Mudhens prevailed 9-3.
The victory was the 76th of Gibart's Aces career. He is now one win away from tying the club's all-time record held by Dave Christopherson and Don Forsberg.
Jordan Warren, Aaron Johnson and Dustin LaRue followed with a scoreless inning apiece to preserve the win. LaRue picked up the save.
Luke Rasmussen suffered the loss for Miesville (11-9 overall, 6-4 Classic Cannon Valley League). He pitched all eight innings, struck out eight and retired 11 in a row at one point.
The Aces (20-4, 10-2) play host to Minnetonka on Friday.
To read more about the game, pick up Wednesday's paper.