The Miesville Mudhens survived a 13-inning marathon against the Chaska Cubs Saturday, Aug. 24, in Dassel after a Deryk Marks walk-off single scored Austin LaDoux and gave the Mudhens a 2-1 victory. Jacob Dickmeyer was phenomenal on the mound, going 11 innings and allowing just one run (unearned) before he was relieved by Chris Olean, who pitched the final two innings to get the win.
Miesville now advances to the quarterfinals and will play a familiar opponent -- fellow Classic Cannon Valley League and Section 1B rival Dundas Dukes -- for the opportunity to play in the championship game or games. With the double elimination format, the loser would fall to the consolation bracket where they would have to win three more games before the championship. The victor will play the winner of the Chanhassen Red Birds and Blaine Fusion on Sunday, Sept. 1, in Delano, with the championship the next day in Maple Lake.
The Mudhens took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Brian Sprout brought in Ronnie Sweeney on an RBI single. Chaska tied the game in the sixth after a double and error. Miesville had the bases loaded in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings but were unable to score after hitting into a couple double plays, which was a theme for the game as they left 15 players on base.
In the bottom of the 13th, Dickmeyer was hit by a pitch and replaced by LaDoux who came in as a pinch runner. LaDoux advanced to second on a sacrifice and Matt Van Der Bosch was also hit by a pitch. Down 0-2 in the count with two outs, Marks then came through in the clutch with his single and Miesville went home with a 2-1 win.
Dickmeyer allowed just one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out 11. Olean gave up three hits in his two innings with two strikeouts and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 13th. Joey Werner, Sweeney and Nate Hammes all had two hits apiece for the Mudhens as they tallied up a total of 12 hits and seven walks. Marks and Sprout had their two RBI while LaDoux and Sweeney each scored. Sweeney and Hammes both walked twice.
Should Miesville and Chanhassen win, it would be the third year in a row the two teams have met in the semifinals or later. Two years ago, the Mudhens dropped down to the consolation bracket and then beat Chanhassen two games in a row to capture their second-straight Class B state championship. Last year, the roles were flipped as the Red Birds advanced through the consolation and beat the Mudhens twice to win the championship and thwart Miesville’s attempt at a three-peat.