By Ryan Williamson
Austin Murr’s fielder’s choice in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as Miesville prevailed in a 2-1 pitchers' duel over Dundas in the Class B State Tournament on Saturday at the Mini Met in Jordan.
The two teams played to a 0-0 deadlock for six-and-a-half innings. Mudhens starter Sahnnon Ahern pitched 7 2/3 strong innings for Miesville. He allowed no earned runs on seven hits and struck out three.
Dukes starter Todd Mathison pitched eight innings while allowing just five hits and just one through the first five innings.
Miesville struck first in the seventh when Reed Collins plated the Mudhens’ first run on an RBI infield single. Though the hit went about 30 feet, it was enough to get Miesville on the board.
Dundas responded in the top of the eighth. Carson Jones came around to score on a Miesville error to tie the game at one.
In the bottom of that inning, the Mudhens responded and took the lead thanks to a Duke error that put two runners on with one out. Then, a fielder’s choice by Murr put Miesville ahead for good.
Following Ahern’s strong effort, Steve Maher finished the job nicely for the Mudhens. He pitched 1 2/3 innings while allowing just one baserunner and shutting the door on any possible Dundas comeback.
With the win, Miesville stays unbeaten and will play again at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 in Jordan. The Dukes move to the loser’s bracket and will play the winner of Moorhead and Sauk Rapids at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Chanhassen 12, Northfield 5
Three different Chanhassen players had multi-RBI games as the Red Birds plated 12 runs and blew past Northfield 12-5 to stay undefeated at the 2018 state tournament.
The 12 Chanhassen runs all came in the first five innings. After the Red Birds scored twice in the first, Garrett Fischer launched a two-run home run to make it 4-0 Chanhassen. Fischer finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
In the fourth inning, the Red Birds stretched their lead to eight runs. Five runs scored that inning for Chanhassen, including a three-run home run by Justin Anderson. The Red Birds second baseman went 3-for-5 in the game with five RBI.
In the end, Chanhassen finished with 14 hits. Eight of the nine Red Birds recorded a hit in the 12-run outburst.
For Northfield, it looked promising early. The Knights tied the game at 2 early thanks to doubles from Eric Pittman and Jake Mathison. Northfield’s offensive bright spot was Mathison, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run.
Three pitchers combined for the four-run performance for Chanhassen. Dominic Reed picked up the win with five innings pitched. Chris Chloes and Miles Nable finished off the win for the Red Birds.
With the win, Chanhassen will play Miesville on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Jordan. Northfield, meanwhile, will play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Shakopee against the winner of Cold Spring and Forest Lake.