By Nick Gerhardt
Dundas has hung its hat on good pitching and defense while the offense always seems to come along the way. The Dukes almost followed the blueprint to a T Saturday in a 3-2 13-inning victory over Victoria in Dassel, albeit with a slight detour.
The offense finally appeared in the top of the 13th when Patrick Wadzinski singled with one out. Josh Maus reached when he got hit by a pitch and a ground out moved both runners into scoring position. A wild pitch with Haydn Lanoue at bat allowed Wadzinski to score from third to give Dundas a 3-2 lead.
The lead held this time after the Dukes gave up a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth, though the Vics did get a two-out double from third baseman Hunter Even and a deep fly ball to center field to end the game in the 13th.
Victoria rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth when Matt Dolan hit a lead-off double. Jared Davidson singled with one out before No. 9-hitter Trey Cavello doubled to score both runs. Cavello later advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out but Alec Holcomb, who came on in relief of Dukes’ starting pitcher Todd Mathison, got a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.
Holcomb threw 3 2/3 innings, allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one. Charlie Ruud threw the 13th and allowed just a double to record the save after Mathison threw eight shutout innings.
The offense provided Mathison a run in the fourth and eighth innings to help send Dundas on to a matchup with Miesville Friday at 5 p.m. in Dassel. The Mudhens sent the Dukes to the loser’s bracket last season after a 2-1 victory.
Dundas grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Lanoue drew a lead-off walk and the Dukes got back-to-back singles from Carson Jones and Nate Van Roekel before Jon Bishop lifted a fly ball to right field to score Lanoue.
Dundas tacked on a run in the eighth after Van Roekel hit a leadoff double and Bishop singled. Mike Ludwig reached on an infield single with one out to score Van Roekel and extend the lead to 2-0. Van Roekel finished 3-for-6 and Drew Sathrum went 2-for-6. Jones also had three hits for the Dukes, who finished with 14 for the game.
Mathison and Victoria starter Riley Sweeney dueled for much of the game. Mathison went 8 1/3 innings, gave up two runs on nine hits, struck out 11 and walked none. Sweeney limited the Dukes to one run on six hits. He struck out three and walked two in seven innings of work. Corey Binger went six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Carter Schmidt had four of Victoria’s 12 hits and Joey Costello had two.
The Vics will meet Chaska Sunday at 7 p.m. in Delano.
Miesville 2, Chaska 1 13 innings
It took 13 innings but Miesville finally got a hit with two outs to defeat Chaska 2-1 Saturday in Dassel.
It was a marathon that left the Mudhens catching their collective breath after Deryk Marks singled through the left side of the infield with two strikes to score Austin LaDoux from second base.
Miesville had stranded 15 men up until that point, which included leaving the bases loaded in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings but all that’s moot now that the Mudhens are moving on to the semifinals to face Dundas next Friday at 5 p.m. in Dassel.
Jacob Dickmeyer got hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the 13th and LaDoux came on to run for him. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second base and leadoff hitter Matt VanDerBosch also got hit by a pitch. After a fly ball to center field, Marks fell behind 0-2 and fouled off a pitch before hitting the game-winning single.
For the first nine innings Cubs starter Drake Kilber dueled with Dickmeyer. Kilber threw nine-plus innings and allowed one run on nine hits. He struck out eight and walked three. Dickmeyer kept pitching and finally exited after the 11th inning having allowed just three hits and one unearned run back in the sixth inning. He walked two and struck out 11 in a dominating performance.
Dickmeyer gave way to Chris Olean and Chaska had it first real threat of the game as it loaded the bases with two outs in the 13th inning after Dylan Peterson singled along with Justin Johnson and Jon Leighton. But Olean got Tyler Polster to ground out to shortstop to end the inning.
Miesville grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when second baseman Brian Sprout got a base hit to left field to score first baseman Ronnie Sweeney, who reached on a one-out walk and moved to second on a single from catcher Nate Hammes.
Chaska came back in the sixth inning to tie it 1-1 after Dylan Peterson doubled with one out. It was the Cubs’ first hit of the game. He later scored on an error at second base.
The Mudhens had a threat in the bottom of the sixth inning after Sweeney reached on an infield single and Hammes walked but a double play ended thoughts of a bigger inning.
In the ninth Miesville loaded the bases with nobody out but Pete Ohnsorg, who came on for Kilber got a pair of strikeouts and a groundball to get out of the inning.
Ohnsorg and Cubs continued to dance out of trouble in the 10th when the Mudhens loaded the bases again. Werner doubled to start the 10th and an intentional walk put Marks on first before Sweeney hit into a double play and Ohnsorg struck out Dylan Blake to end the inning.
Ohnsorg got out of the 12th after Miesville loaded the bases by getting a force out at home and struck out Blake again.
Chaska will face Victoria Sunday at 7 p.m. in Delano.
Blaine 3, Moorhead 1
Blaine starter Davis Bryan locked into a duel with Moorhead starter David Ernst for six innings Saturday in Dassel as the Fusion rallied back for a 3-1 win.
Bryan went six shutout innings while Ernst threw six scoreless innings. Bryan gave up one run on five hits in 7 ⅔ innings of work. He walked three and struck out five to send Blaine to the semifinals. Ernst gave up six hits, walked three and struck out four in seven innings on the mound.
Mike Peschel lifted the Brewers to a 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning when his single brought in Jake Faircloth from second base after Faircloth doubled to start the inning.
Just when it looked like one run might be enough Blaine responded in the bottom of the seventh when Chris Olson drew a two-out walk and Ryan Sutterer delivered an RBI double. Travis Conoryea kept the inning alive with a single and Jackson Hauge tripled to right field to score two runs and put the Fusion up 3-1.
Hauge finished 2-for-3 with a double and a triple to go with two RBI. Sutterer went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double for Blaine.
Bradley Spencer threw the final 1 ⅓ innings for the Fusion. He did not allow a hit but walked Faircloth in the ninth before getting the save for Blaine.
Blaine will face Chanhassen next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Dassel for a spot in the championship game. Moorhead plays Northfield Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Delano.