The Hastings Hawks had rival Miesville on the ropes the first six innings before the Mudhens rallied with three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to win 11-6 on Tuesday, July 16, at Jack Ruhr Field. It was a surprisingly calm and composed game for a rivalry that has seen some truly heated moments in the past and always seems to sport an underlying tension for each match up. The win was Miesville's fifth in a row since their 5-4 win over Red Wing on July 4, which broke a stretch where the Mudhens had lost five of their last six. Meanwhile, the loss to Miesville was the latest in a seven-game losing streak for the Hawks. However, with their move to Class C this year, the Hawks still sit in good position as playoffs approach for Region 5C.
Jordan Jeske started on the mound for Hastings while Spencer Kopp did the same for Miesville and the Hawks jumped on the Mudhens right away, scoring 3 runs in the top of the first. Nick Horsch and Blake Warner led off with back-to-back singles, advanced on a ground out by Adam Medlicott and then Horsch scored when Kopp was called for a balk. Jeske then brought in Warner on a two-run home run and Hastings led 3-0.
Miesville tied the game in the bottom of the second when they scored three runs of their own. Dylan Blake hit a one-out double, Reed Collins was hit by a pitch and Brendan McKevitt walked to load the bases. Jordy Horsch then walked to bring in a run, Collins scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Goulet and McKevitt came in on a Hawks error.
The Mudhens took the lead in the bottom of the third when Nate Hammes scored on another sacrifice fly, this time by Blake. Hastings retook the lead 5-4 in the top of the fifth when Medlicott hit a two-run home run that scored Warner, the second of the game for the Hawks. However, that lead did not last as Miesville again tied the game on a solo home run by Hammes.
Hastings would not go away though and again took the lead, this time 6-5, in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Horsch that scored Cole Benson. However, from there the Mudhens took control as they scored six combined unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh Hammes had an RBI single that scored Joey Werner, Blake had his second sacrifice fly of the game that scored Deryk Marks and Jordy Horsch added another RBI single to score Hammes. In the eighth, Werner, Marks and Hammes all scored again. Werner came in on a bases loaded walk while Marks and Hammes scored on a ridiculous sequence of plays. Blake hit a ground ball to short and the Hawks were able to get the out at second, allowing Marks to score, but were not able to turn the double play on a bad throw to first. Hammes advanced to third but then was able to score as Benson's throw from first after the error home was fumbled by Medlicott as he attempted to tag Hammes, who would have been out by a mile had Medlicott not dropped the ball.
Hastings was unable to recover and Miesville won 11-6. The Mudhens scored their 11 runs on just eight hits as Hastings walked or hit a total of 11 batters and committed five errors. Kopp went six innings for Miesville and allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits. He was relieved by Andrew Werner-who has played sparingly over the last two years for the Mudhens-and he earned the win by throwing one inning with one strikeout. Thomas Shogren threw the final two innings for the save and three strikeouts and two walks. Marks and Hammes each had two hits while Blake led the team with three RBI and Jordy Horsch and Hammes added two apiece.
Jordy Horsch pitched six innings for the Hawks and also gave up six runs (five earned) on seven walks and three hits. He was relieved by Dennis Reinhart who threw two innings and gave up five runs-only three earned-on five hits and four walks. Nick Horsch and Warner each had two hits for Hastings while Medlicott and Jeske each had two-run home runs and led the team with two RBI each.
Miesville beat the Cannon Falls Bears in Cannon Falls 12-0 on Wednesday, July 17. They host the St. Paul Mudhens on Friday, July 19, and then travel to Dundas on Sunday. Next week they are scheduled to play four games before playoffs start against the Hampton Cardinals, Minneapolis Angels, Rosetown A's and Champlin Park LoGators.
Hastings beat the Lake City Serpents on Wednesday 10-0 and host the Prescott Pirates on Friday, July 19, in the River Rumble as part of Rivertown Days. They finish up their regular season on Saturday against the Minneapolis River Rats at home.