Chanhassen’s Justin Anderson has been locked in at the plate and added to his big weekend Sunday in a 9-5 victory over Moorhead to put the Red Birds a game away from a state championship game appearance.
Anderson went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI as part of a 15-hit attack for Chanhassen after going 2-for-4 against Dundas. Garrett Fischer hit a home run and finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and Adrian Turner went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Zach Hoffmann and Derek Smith each had two hits as well for the Red Birds.
Moorhead held a 2-1 lead after the first inning but a four-run third inning from Chanhassen turned the tide. The Red Birds grabbed a 5-4 lead and never trailed the rest of the way.
Chanhassen extended the lead to 7-4 with two runs in the fifth and added a run in the sixth and eighth innings.
The Brewers did their best to keep pace behind Kory Wolden and Tanner Adam. Both hit home runs and drove in a pair of runs. Wolden finished 2-for-3 and Adam went 1-for-4. In addition Kaleb Binstock went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Mike Peschel went 2-for-4 for Moorhead, which finished with nine hits.
Turner got knocked around a bit for five runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out three to pick up the win. John Eischens and Miles Nablo combined to throw three shutout innings in relief.
Tanner Dahl took the loss for Moorhead after allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits. He walked two and struck out four. Kyle Kingsley allowed two runs on six hits in four innings of relief.
The Red Birds will face Miesville for a spot in the title game Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1:30 p.m. in Hamburg.
Moorhead faces the winner of Beaudreau’s-Chaska, Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Green Isle.
Miesville slugs its way past Northfield
Miesville outslugged Northfield on its way to an 8-5 win Sunday in Green Isle to keep the Mudhens on track to another state title.
Miesville, the defending Class B champion, jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning and put the Knights away with a two-run ninth.
Jacob Dickmeyer worked deftly out of jams to hold Northfield two three runs, two earned, on eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out three for the win. Connor Malcom threw ⅓ of an inning where he allowed one run on two hits before giving way to veteran Chris Olean. Olean allowed one run on two hits in 2 ⅔ innings.
Deryk Marks, last year’s state tournament MVP, led a 10-hit attack for the Mudhens by going 2-for-5 with two RBI and a home run. Pat Kelly finished 2-for-5 while Matt Van Der Bosch went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Andrew Werner also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Knights worked out of a 6-0 hole with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. After a two-run seventh and tacking on a run in the eighth Northfield trailed 6-5.
The Knights finished with 12 hits with Eric Pittman going 3-for-5 with a run. Sam Maus drove in a pair of runs while Tim Maus, Jake Mathison and Scott Benjamin each had two hits. Benjamin scored three runs and Aldon Severson finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Miesville faces Chanhassen Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1:30 p.m. for a crack at another trip to the state title game.
Northfield will face the winner of Brooklyn Park-Dundas Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Norwood.