The lightning that was ever-present in the outfield of Jack Ruhr Field must have inspired the Miesville Mudhens' bats Friday night as they routed the Rochester Roys 16-3 in seven innings due to the 10-run rule. The Mudhens took game one of their Section 1B playoff series as the No. 2-seed over the No. 7 Royals on the back of their potent lineup that blasted three home runs and racked up a total of 19 hits. Meanwhile, starter Jacob Dickmeyer did not quite have his best stuff, but he had just enough to keep the Royals down before he was injured after being hit by a line-drive up the middle on the last out of the game.
Miesville took a quick lead in the bottom of the first after RBI hits by Nate Hammes and Matt Van Der Bosch and led 2-0. Rochester got a run back in the top of the third but the Mudhens extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third after Brad Goulet scored on errors. The Royals then tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth when Dickmeyer allowed a two-run home run. However, from there Miesville scored four in the bottom of the fourth, seven in the bottom of the fifth and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
In the fourth, Joe Werner started the scoring with an RBI single, followed by a two-run double by Goulet. Van Der Bosch finished the scoring in the inning with an RBI double. The next inning, the Mudhens hit three home runs that accounted for five of their seven runs after batting around. Mark Moriarty started the route with a solo home run, followed by an RBI single by Goulet. Deryk Marks added another RBI single before Hammes and Brian Sprout both hit two-run home runs. The two runs in the bottom of the sixth were brought in by Sprout and Dawson Degnan.
Dickmeyer pitched all seven innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Goulet and Hammes both had three hits each while they both had three RBI along with Sprout. Goulet also led the team in runs scored with four, which represent all but one of his at-bats.
Miesville will travel to Rochester for game two of the series on Sunday. A win takes the series for the Mudhens, but should they lose game three would be back at Jack Ruhr Field next Friday.