By Nick Gerhardt, Contributor
Ask any team that’s faced Northfield this season and the common refrain has been, “they can hit.”
The Knights, making their first state tournament appearance in 13 years, have hit all season long and continued to do so Friday against Chaska starter Pete Ohnsorg en route to a 6-2 victory that took until Saturday to complete due to a rain delay Friday night.
Northfield tagged Ohnsorg, who outdueled Cold Spring’s Zach Femrite in a 2-1 opening round victory, for six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits. Ohnsorg struck out eight and walked none but the damage was done by the time the rain started pouring Friday.
Sam Maus, a former St. Paul Saints player, along with Aldon Severson, Tim Maus, Nick Bornhauser and Jake Mathison lifted the Knights through to a matchup with No. 1-ranked and Classic Cannon Valley League rival Miesville, which defeated Beaudreau’s 8-3.
Sam Maus went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs while Mathison went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Scott Benjamin also finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Northfield finished with 10 hits in the game.
Tim Maus and Bornhauser added RBI while Severson, who is hitting .467 on the year, went 1-for-2 with a pair of runs.
Northfield grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning and added three more runs in the fourth.
Sam Maus reached on an error with one out in the third and Severson got hit by a pitch to set the table for Tim Maus. Maus singled to score Sam Maus and one batter later Severson scored on a fielder’s choice.
Mathison led off the fourth inning with a double and later Sam Maus doubled to score Troy Deden and Benjamin to make it a 5-0 game.
Mathison hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to pad the lead to 6-0 and gave him additional breathing room on the mound. Mathison threw seven shutout innings and allowed seven hits. He struck out four and walked two to pick up the win.
Once play resumed on Saturday the Cubs got two runs back in the top of the eighth off Kade Cronin. Cory Poppitz singled to score Tony Peterson and Dylan Peterson followed with a single to score JT Canakes. Cronin and the Knights got out of the inning with a double play.
Dave Picha came on in the ninth to close the game out with a flawless inning.
Chase Hentges went 3-for-4 and Tyler Peterson finished 2-for-3 for the Cubs, who had eight hits in the game.
Chaska faces Beaudreau's at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 at Green Isle.
Chanhassen hangs on to beat Dundas
Chanhassen moved past Dundas with a 4-2 victory Saturday after a rain delay ended Friday’s contest in Hamburg after five innings.
The Red Birds strung together three runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brandon Arnold hit an RBI double off the center-field wall for the first run of the game, and Zach Hoffmann and Shawn Riesgraf added RBI singles after to make it 3-0 Chanhassen.
Once the game resumed Saturday in Norwood, the 2015 champion Dukes wasted no time trying to get back into the game. Steve Loos drove in a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Red Birds added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after Justin Anderson doubled to left field to score Riesgraf and make it a 4-2 game.
Dundas starter Todd Mathison lasted just 1 ⅓ innings and allowed one hit before coming out of the game. Noah Luedtke threw 3 ⅔ innings where he allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three. When play resumed Saturday Charlie Ruud gave up one run on three hits in three innings.
Logan Spitzack and Miles Nablo combined to keep the Dukes quiet. Spitzack allowed just one run on five hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one. Nablo threw the final four innings and allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Riesgraf finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Anderson went 2-for-4. Adrian Turner went 2-for-4 with a run as well for Chanhassen, which will face Moorhead Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Green Isle. The Brewer beat Brooklyn Park 3-2 in 10 innings Friday in Green Isle.
Dundas faces Brooklyn Park at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 in Norwood.