By Ryan Williamson
Dundas 8, Cold Spring 5
The second game of the day produced plenty of excitement. After falling behind 3-0 early, Dundas rallied back in a big way and knocked off Cold Spring, 8-5, on Friday. It was just the fourth loss of the season for the Springers.
Cold Spring got off to a strong start by stringing together four hits in the first two innings. Designated hitter Brian Hansen reached base in both innings and knocked in two runs with a single in the second inning. He also scored in the first inning after drawing a walk.
It took more than four innings before the Dukes got on the board. With two on and nobody out, catcher Patrick Wadzinski laid down a bunt. The sacrifice not only advanced both runners a base, it resulted in both players coming around to score. That happened thanks to a pair of Cold Spring errors. Wadzinski would eventually come around to score on an RBI single from Steve Loos.
Dundas would eventually lead by as many as three runs after putting up three in the top of the eighth. The Dukes scored those runs thanks in part to a pair of walks and a pair of hit batters. The Springers would score a pair in the bottom of the inning as Cold Spring added four hits and a bases-loaded walk.
The Dukes responded to the Cold Spring rally in the ninth. Dundas scored a pair of runs thanks to a two-run single from Josh Maus. The Springers went quietly in the bottom of the ninth as the Dukes clinched the come-from-behind victory.
The game didn't produce the marquee pitching matchup you might expect between Dundas and Cold Spring. Zach Femrite, of course, started for the Springers but the Dukes chose to start John McCaustlin, perhaps in order to preserve the arm of Charlie Ruud. McCastlin worked just two innings before Ruud came in. Ruud threw the final seven innings, gave up two runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked one.
Femrite was sharp until the fifth inning. He finished seven innings, gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits. He walked four and struck out three. The Dukes had just four hits through four innings, they went on to finish with 10. Cold Spring ended with 12 hits.
With the win, Dundas will go up against Miesville on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jordan. Cold Spring will face Forest Lake on Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. in New Prague.
Miesville 8, Forest Lake 3
Trailing 3-2 heading into the eighth inning, the Miesville Mudhens rallied back with some timely hitting and errors from Forest Lake to win 8-3 on Friday at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee.
Miesville jumped ahead early when Nate Hammes drove in Brad Goulet on a sacrifice fly to take a first-inning lead.
Mudhens starting pitcher Jacob Dickmeyer kept the Brewers off the scoreboard until the fifth inning. Brent Kolbow opened the scoring for Forest Lake with an RBI single. Michael Schultz made it 3-1 Brewers with a two-run single.
In the seventh inning, Miesville cut into the Forest Lake lead when Jordy Horsch knocked in Brian Sprout on an RBI single.
One inning later, chaos ensued and the Mudhens took the lead. Reed Collins singled and drove in Matt Van Der Bosch to tie the game at 3. Then, the Brewers committed an error on a throw from home to third base that allowed a run to score. Then, another errant throw and an obstruction call allowed Collins to come all the way around to score. The single turned into three runs and gave Miesville a 5-3 lead.
The Mudhens extended their lead in the eighth thanks to a slew of hits, including an RBI double from Hammes. Chris Olean finished off the game with two shutout innings and gave Miesville the win.
With the win, the Mudhens will play Dundas on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Jordan. Forest Lake, meanwhile, will play on Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. in New Prague against Cold Spring.