The Miesville Mudhens entered Labor Day weekend having won their first two games of the Class B state tournament and needed a minimum of three more wins to capture yet another state championship. It was not to be, however, as they lost to Classic Cannon Valley League and Section 1B rival Dundas Dukes, 3-2, on Friday, Aug. 30. Miesville dropped down to the consolation bracket and the next day they fell to the Moorhead Brewers 7-6 to end their 2019 season.

This year was the first time since 2015 — when they lost in the first round of the Class B state tournament — that the Mudhens did not at least make the state championship game. Miesville won the state championship in 2016 and 2017 and lost to the Chanhassen Red Birds twice in 2018 to be runners-up. They finish the 2019 season with an overall record of 24-8 including the playoffs and state tournament. Miesville was 20-6 during the regular season, swept the Rochester Royals 2-0 in the Section 1B playoffs and then went 2-2 in the state tournament. Dundas beat Blaine in the semifinals before facing defending champion Chanhassen in the championship game. The Red Birds won two in a row coming out of the consolation bracket to capture their second-straight state championship just like they did to Miesville in 2018 and the Mudhens did to them in 2017.

Loss to rival Dukes

Miesville was the first to score in the bottom of the first inning when Matt Van Der Bosch scored on an RBI double by Deryk Marks. Dundas tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second but the Mudhens regained the lead in the bottom of the third on another RBI double by Marks that scored Van Der Bosch once again. The score stayed 2-1 until the Dukes scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead and that was the final.

Jacob Dickmeyer started on the mound for the Mudhens and gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts across eight innings. He was relieved by Chris Olean in the ninth, who gave up two runs — only one earned — on two hits and two walks with one strikeout. Marks and Ronnie Sweeney each had two hits apiece for the Mudhens while Van Der Bosch scored twice and Marks had both RBI.

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Matt Van Der Bosch scored four of the Miesville Mudhens' eight runs during their two losses to the Dundas Dukes and Moorhead Brewers Aug. 30-31 in the Class B state tournament. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia
Matt Van Der Bosch scored four of the Miesville Mudhens' eight runs during their two losses to the Dundas Dukes and Moorhead Brewers Aug. 30-31 in the Class B state tournament. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia

Eliminated by Moorhead

After beating the Moorhead Mudcats in the first round of the Class B state tournament, the Miesville Mudhens faced an elimination game against another Moorhead team, the Brewers, on Saturday, Aug. 31, in Maple Lake. The Brewers scored once in the top of the first and twice in the top of the second to lead 3-0. The Mudhens tied the game in the bottom of the third when Joey Werner brought in a run on an RBI double, Van Der Bosch scored on a wild pitch and Werner came around to score on an RBI groundout by Marks.

Miesville’s bounce-back did not last long, however, as Moorhead scored four runs in the top of the fourth to go up 7-3. The Mudhens scored two more in the bottom of the fifth on another RBI double by Werner while Van Der Bosch scored on another RBI groundout from Marks. In the bottom of the eighth, Miesville scored their final run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Werner that brought Jordy Horsch. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with two outs but were unable to convert and the final was 7-6 Moorhead.

Shannon Ahern started on the mound for the Mudhens but was relieved in the middle of that four-run fourth inning by the Brewers. He ended up throwing three innings and gave up five earned runs on 10 hits. He was relieved by Steve Maher who gave up two runs in the fourth inning but from the fifth inning on shut out Moorhead. He went the final six innings and gave up two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts.

Werner led the team with three RBI and went 2-for-4 with two doubles while Marks had a pair of RBI groundouts. Horsch also had two hits for Miesville while Van Der Bosch scored twice. Horsch, Max Morris and Mark Moriarty all walked.