By Matthew Davis
Coon Rapids gave Sauk Rapids a scare late, but the Cyclones held on to beat the Redbirds Sunday.
Jason Hoppe pitched Sauk Rapids to the 6-3 victory with 12 strikeouts for the first round of the Class B baseball tournament in Jordan. In a complete game, he allowed 10 hits and three earned runs, two of those runs coming in the ninth inning.
Coon Rapids grabbed the lead early 1-0 in the second inning before Sauk Rapids went ahead to stay with two runs in the third inning. The Cyclones built a 6-1 lead going into the ninth.
Kyle Schnobrich, Taylor Nelson and Aaron Lindstrom drove in Coon Rapids’ runs. Lindstrom and Nelson also scored a run apiece. Jon Olson also reached home plate.
Luis Massa led Sauk Rapids’ hitting with a home run, another run scored and an RBI on 2-for-5 hitting. Scott Lochner also came up big with two RBI on 2-for-4 hitting. Paul Schlangen, Tom Wippler and Bjorn Hanson also drove in runs.
Sauk Rapids will face another team of Red Birds, Chanhassen, in the next round Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in New Prague.
Moorhead 15, Chaska 7
Chaska had a five-run inning late but couldn’t catch Moorhead in time, falling 15-7.
Moorhead jumped out to a 3-1 first inning lead and extended to 13-2 with a four-run fourth inning and six-run eighth. Chaska whittled the deficit to 13-7 with a five-run bottom of the eighth, but Moorhead added a couple insurance runs in the ninth.
Mike Peschel and Chris Clemenson both hit home runs for the Moorhead. Clemenson also drove in five runs on 2-for-5 hitting, and Peschel had four RBI on 2-for-4 hitting.
Joe Hallock drove in a couple runs and Derek Dormanen, David Ernst and Matt Oye had a RBI apiece. Spencer Flaten also had a solid day at the plate with 3-for-5 hitting and three runs scored.
Moorhead pitcher Tanner Dahl started the day strong with five strikeouts in seven innings. He allowed five hits and two earned runs while walking only one batter.
JT Canakes gave Chaska some life with three RBI on 1-for-4 hitting. Tyler Peterson had two RBI on a 1-for-5 day. Chase Hentges and Justin Johnson both went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI apiece.
Moorhead will take on Northfield Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. next.
Miesville 13, Victoria 3
The two-time defending Class B state champion Miesville Mudhens stood tall with a seven-run inning to bust open a tight game.
It sent Victoria packing in a 13-3 Mudhens victory. Matt Van Der Bosch led the Mudhens batting with four RBIs and two runs on 3-for-4 hitting. Brad Goulet also came up big with three RBIs, two runs and 2-for-3 hitting.
Dawson Degnan drove in two runs and scored twice in his 2-for-3 day. Brian Sprout, Deryk Marks and Sebastian Holte-Mancera drove in a run apiece.
Sahnnon Ahern won the game pitching with five strikeouts in six innings for the Mudhens. He held the Vics to five hits and no earned runs.
Matt Dolan had the only runs batted in for the Vics with three in his 1-for-4 day. Jeffery Kressler led the Vics bats, going 3-for-4 with a runs scored.
Miesville will face Forest Lake Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. next in Shakopee.
Cold Spring 9, Shakopee 1
Shakopee won’t play at home again this season after falling 9-1 to Cold Spring.
Zach Femrite shined on the pitching mound for Cold Spring with nine strikeouts in eight innings of work. He allowed three hits and no earned runs, too.
He ended Shakopee’s bid to play in Shakopee the next round of the tournament Aug. 24. Cold Spring will face Dundas instead that day at 7:30 p.m.
Cold Spring had a balanced lineup against Shakopee with six different players driving in runs. Jeron Terres had the only multi-RBI game for Cold Spring.
Patrick Rients led Shakopee batters with an RBI on 1-4 hitting. Dominick Schleper scored the lone run in a 1-4 day.