The regular season is over and the Miesville Mudhens have a best-of-three series against the Rochester Royals standing in the way of a trip to the Class B state tournament. Miesville finished as the No. 1 seed in Section 1B on the heels of an 11-game winning streak (result versus Rosetown unavailable) after struggling in June and the start of July. They and Northfield-the No. 2 seed-both ended with 7-3 Section 1B records
The Royals are the No. 6 seed in Section 1B with a 4-6 section record (same as the three teams above them). Rochester and Miesville split their two meets during the regular season with the Royals winning in Rochester 6-1 on June 21 and then the Mudhens winning 8-6 at Jack Ruhr Field on July 12. Miesville will host Rochester on Friday, Aug. 2, and then travel to Rochester on Sunday, Aug. 4. Should the teams split those two games, a third game will be played at Jack Ruhr Field on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Miesville went 2-6 from June 12 to July 2 but had plenty of close games during that stretch. Since then and over the course of their 11-game winning streak, they have outscored their opponents 93-50 and scored at least six runs in all but two of those games.
The return of Jacob Dickmeyer back to the rotation has really helped the Mudhens. Dickmeyer has a reputation as an innings-eater who keeps batters off-balance with his quick pace and during the winning streak he made two critical starts against Northfield and Dundas and earned wins in both. Over those two critical Section 1B wins, Dickmeyer threw 17 innings and gave up just four runs (two earned) with 12 strikeouts and one walk.
Thomas Shogren has been a workhorse for Miesville this summer as well. He's made 10 appearances-out of a total 25 games-with seven starts and boasts a record of 5-1. Over the course of those 10 appearances he's thrown 44 ⅓ innings and given up just 13 runs (11 earned) on 32 hits with 30 walks and 37 strikeouts, which comes out to an ERA of 2.23.
Matt Van Der Bosch leads the team in batting average, sitting at .433, while Austin LaDoux leads the team in RBI with 18. Deryk Marks is the power leader with five home runs and 11 doubles. Marks and Nate Hammes both are at 20 runs scored. Pitching wise, Shogren leads the team with a 5-1 record, Dickmeyer and Shannon Ahern are both 3-0, Spencer Kopp has been another mainstay at 3-1 and Marks is 2-0.