By Mike Marsnik
Nick Penick’s strong pitching and a pair of two-run homers by shortstop Jordan Barth powered the Cold Spring Springers to a 7-2 victory over Miesville this afternoon (Sept. 5) at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee. The loss eliminated the Mudhens. The Springers now face the Moorhead Brewers to determine who will play the undefeated Chanhassen Red Birds for the title on Sunday at “the Joe.”
Penick spread eight hits over eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned). He threw 113 total pitches, striking out two while walking only one. He notched the win, his third of the tourney. Zack Femrite set the Mudhens down in order in the ninth to notch the save.
Barth’s two-run shot over the left field fence gave the Springers an 2-0 lead after half an inning of play. Joey Werner doubled to lead off the bottom of the first for Miesville, went to second on Matt VanDerBosch’s single to center, and scored on Deryk Marks’ grounder to short, making it 2-1 Cold Spring.
Cold Spring added two more in the fifth, aided by two Miesville errors. Alex Jungels led off with an infield single. Brian Hansen drove a 1-0 pitch into the right-center field gap for a double, moving Hansen to third. Garrett Fuchs plated Jungels with a sac fly to right. Hansen took third on starter Connor Malcom’s wild pitch. One out later, Hansen scored on a throwing error by shortstop Max Gamm. The Springers led 4-1 after 4-½.
Barth’s second tater of the game came in the top of the seventh with Fuchs aboard via a single to right. That put the Springers ahead 6-1. Drew VanLoy doubled to the right field corner to lead off the seventh and Mudhen’s right fielder Joey Werner had trouble digging it out, allowing VanLoy to take third base. One pitch later, he trotted home on Brad Olsen’s deep sacrifice fly to center, making it 7-1.
Werner, the Mudhens’ leadoff hitter, led off the eight by drawing the only walk issued by Penick. He stole second and went to third on defensive indifference and scored on an error. Werner scored both Miesville runs on a 1-for-3 afternoon.
Barth went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and 4 RBI for the game.