Sunday 8/20- article posted 11:15 p.m.
Written by Erik Steffenson
12:00 p.m.- St. Cloud Beaudreau’s (8) v. Eagan Bandits (0)
Beaudreau bats get rolling early in blowout
The bats were alive for St. Cloud as they struck the scoreboard with four runs in the second inning as five consecutive batters led off the second inning getting on base (single, walk, walk, RBI single by Dom Austing, walk). Two of which scored home on wild pitches.
It was enough to chase the Eagan starter Neal Kunik away as he only made it to one out in the second inning. The Beaudreau’s managed to tag him with four hits, four walks, four runs in four outs total pitching. Jordan Brandt entered the game in a bases loaded and managed to get two quick outs to end the nightmare of an inning.
The next inning St. Cloud came back roaring with four consecutive batters getting on (single, single, walk, RBI single by Jack Schramel). But again the Beaudreau’s would leave the bases loaded with a 5-0 lead after three innings.
St. Cloud added three more runs in the fifth inning on a three run homer by Ryan Schneider to make it 8-0 where it would stay the rest of the game.
Dom Austing was the starter for the Beaudreau’s as he threw five shutout innings of no-hit ball retiring 14 of the 16 batters he faced. He also helped himself on the other side going two for five at the plate singling his first two times with an RBI and also scoring once.
When asked if he knew about the no-hitter after being pulled after five innings: “The guys were talking about it. At this point I would rather have a healthy arm and make sure I stay well for the rest of the tournament.” - Dom Austing
Brad Haag tossed the last four innings and had the no-hitter going until Collin Olstad led off the bottom of the eighth with a line drive down the left field line to break it up. It would be the only hit he allowed as he retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced striking out three.
St. Cloud will play the winner of the Miesville/Champlin game.
2:30 p.m.- Champlin Logators (1) v. Miesville Mudhens (7)
Jake Dickmeyer keeps Logator bats in checkin victory
Miesville started on the right path to defending their state title as they flew past Champlin 7-1 in the opening round. It was the first time so far this weekend that the home team won in Norwood.
St. John’s student Jake Dickmeyer was in control the whole way today as he held the Logators to just one run on five hits. He struck out five while walking only one as he cruised after allowing the only Logator run in the first inning.
Miesville responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by the catcher Nate Hammes that drove home Joey Werner. The mudhens went ahead in the third inning when Werner scored again, this time on a bases loaded walk to make it 2-1.
In the fifth inning, it started on a single by Deryk Marks who would score on a Pat Kelly with two outs. Andrew Werner would drive him in two batters later on a double to make it 4-1. Miesville went on to gain three more runs in the eighth to finalize the 7-1.
“It’s definitely a good feeling to get past the elimination round. It will be harder starting next weekend with some of these college kids returning to class but luckily we have guys off the bench that should be able to fill in.” Matt Vanderbosch said about being back in the tournament.
Miesville will go on to play the St. Cloud Beaudreau’s next Friday in Green Isle.
5:00 p.m.- Elko Express (3) v. Brooklyn Park Norsemen (4)
Norsemen prevail in beating Express in state record tying 20 innings.
This game took eight pitchers (four from each side) and twenty frames to decide who advances to double elimination.
Elko struck early in the third inning when Dylan Thomas led off with a double. Travis Evanson followed with a walk. The next two batters struck out and that was when Jason Grimm delivered with a two out two RBI double to put Elko on the board.
Brooklyn Park responded in the fourth with two runs from an RBI single from Austin Ledin and followed with a sacrifice fly from Eric Pearson that tied the game at 2-2 after four innings.
Jason Grimm put Elko ahead again in the eighth inning with a solo blast to left field. He was responsible for scoring all three Express runs. Brooklyn Park responded in the bottom half with a leadoff single from Tony Zajac. Zajac would make it over to third after a sacrifice that ended up being an error on the pitcher. A.J. Lyons then laid down a successful squeeze bunt to score Zajac to tie it 3-3.
No more runs would be scored for another 12 innings. Brooklyn Park had bases loaded in the 15th and 17th inning but failed to bring anyone home. In the 20th inning, R.J. Johnson led off with a double in the right center gap. The next batter was intentionally walked. Then Tim Munn stepped up again and delivered with a dribbler up the middle and Johnson managed to score from 2nd to secure the team victory.
On the Elko pitching side: Mike Mehlich started the game going seven solid innings allowing only four hits and two runs. Nick Bentley started the eighth innings before being pulled after two batters by Dylan Thomas who would go on to pitch through the 16th inning. A.J. Lyons pitched the final four frames for the Express.
On the Brooklyn Park pitching side: Brandon Woznak tossed the first five innings giving up only five hits and two runs. Sam Bozyk threw the next three giving up only three hits and one run. Brandon Rushmeyer stepped in the ninth and pitched seven solid innings of relief allowing only four hits. Ben Christopherson was the tank throwing the final five innings and ultimately getting the win.
Brooklyn Park will advance to play Moorhead next Friday.