By Nick Gerhardt, Scoremonster contributor
Miesville 6, Moorhead 3 FINAL pic.twitter.com/yjBEhc7rhE— MN Baseball Assn (@MinnBaseball) September 4, 2017
Sebastian Holte-Mancera is in just his second year with Miesville but he cemented himself as a postseason veteran, and an actual one, Brian Sprout, delivered in a big spot Sunday in Green Isle to send the Mudhens back to the Class B championship game.
Holte-Mancera hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Sprout hit a bases-loaded double to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to lead Miesville to a 6-3 victory over Moorhead in a rematch of last year’s championship game. The defending champion Mudhens will meet Chanhassen Monday at noon in Hamburg to decide the state title.
Holte-Mancera supplied the big hit, a shot to right field that brought in Sprout and Nate Hammes. It set up a rematch with Chanhassen Monday at noon at Hamburg. The Red Birds beat the Mudhens 5-2 Saturday. Miesville will need to win twice to claim a second straight championship.
Moorhead, which reached the championship game in 2015 as well, started to plug away at the three-run deficit with a run in the third and a in the fifth. Derek Dormanen scored on a single from Tanner Adam after Dormanen walked to start the inning.
Adam got things going in the sixth with a lead-off double and scored on Mike Peschel’s ground out to second base to make it a 3-2 game. Adam finished 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
The Brewers finally chipped away enough to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning when Chris Coste hit a bases-loaded single to score Adam. But that’s all Moorhead got as Chris Olean came in with one out and the bases loaded and struck out the final two batters to keep it tied. Olean got the win in relief after striking out three of the five batters he faced behind Sprout’s three-run double with two outs in the eighth.
Matt VanDerBosch reached on a bunt single with one out in the eighth and Deryk Marks, the 2016 tournament MVP, doubled. After a walk to Hammes, Sprout lined a ball to the gap in right center field to put the Mudhens back in front.
Marks finished 2-for-4 with a run and VanDerBosch went 2-for-4 with a run. Hammes and Sprout each had two hits.
Shannon Ahern went 7 ⅔ innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Kyle Kingsley, who threw the final three innings against Northfield just before facing Miesville, went 7 ⅓ innings and gave up six runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out two but outside of Holte-Mancera’s home run and Sprout’s double faced few jams.
Moorhead advances to meet Miesville
Moorhead extended its stay at the Class B state tournament Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Northfield at Green Isle.
Moorhead 5, Northfield 2 FINAL pic.twitter.com/dT6qvV6jhU— MN Baseball Assn (@MinnBaseball) September 4, 2017
The Brewers took advantage of a walk and an infield hit in the sixth inning to score three times and take the lead. Mike Peschel drove in a pair of runs when he hit a bases-loaded single and Chris Coste followed with an RBI single.
With two outs and a runner on first, Northfield knocked down a hard-hit ball at third and threw to second to get the lead runner but the throw was low and Kory Wolden reached safely for Moorhead. The Brewers loaded the bases when Kaleb Binstock drew a walk.
The inning wiped out a 1-0 Knights lead. Northfield’s Nick Bornhauser scored on a wild pitch after he reached on a lead-off single, moved to second on a single from Jake Mathison and got to third on a double play.
Moorhead added the the lead with a run in the sixth. Peschel scored on an RBI single from Chris Clemenson to go up 4-1 after he reached on catcher’s interference.
Adam went 2-for-4 with a run and Peschel went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Coste finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Wolden and Clemenson all had base hits for the Brewers, who had eight for the game. Matt Oye came on in the ninth and provided a pinch-hit single to score Flaten and extend the lead to 5-2. Flaten finished 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.
David Ernst threw six innings in hs start for Moorhead. He allowed one run on four hits, walked one and struck one out.
Dave Picha went 5 ⅔ innings for the Knights and allowed three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Aldon Severson led Northfield, which made its first trip to state in 13 years, at the plate after going 2-for-4 with a double. Tim Maus drove in a run and Nick Bornhauser finished 2-for-4. Scott Benjamin had a single and Sam Maus doubled and scored a run in the eighth to make it 4-2.
Moorhead faces Miesville at 7:30 p.m. at Green Isle for a spot in the championship against Chanhassen.