Mudhens beat Rosen for 4-2 record
Jordan Beck seemed to wrap up Milroy Irish catcher Dakota Freiborg at second base but Freiborg was called safe. Minneota did pull off three double plays in the game. Staff Photo by Sue Jacobson.
By Byron Higgin
Mascot Sports Editor
Minneota scored five runs in the first inning and Rosen never caught up. Although, they scored one in the ninth to make it 8-6 and had the bases loaded when Tyler Adelman flew out to Brock Buysse in right field for the final out.
Danny Hennen pitched into the eight with eight strikeouts but reliever Adam Kovash came on to get the save and put the win in the victory column for the Mudhens.
Manager Tyson Sonnenburg weent 2-3 with a double, single and two walks and knocked in two runs with s screaming double in the sixth inning.
Jordan Beck added a pair of hits, scored a run and knocked into two and Beau Buysse was 2-5 and scored three runs.
Rosen’s Dylan Lillejord went 3-5 with a double and home run and three runs batted in, Brandon Hill was 3-5 and Nate Nelson was 2-5, scored and knocked in a run.
Minneota plays at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at Hancock with a 7:30 p.m. game that same day at Chokio.
Rosen 002 000 211 — 6 12 2
Minneota 500 102 00x — 8 7 1
Pitching: WP-Dan Hennen 7.2 innings; 11 hits; 5 runs, 4 earned; 1 walk; 8K, 1 HP, 1 WP; Kovash 1.1 innings, 1 hit, 1 run no earned, 1 HP, 1 WP.
Rosen: Brandon Hill (L) 6 innings, 8 runs, 7 earned, 7 hits, 3 walks, 1 K, 3 HP; Kyle Sacks 2 innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, 1 K.
Hitting: Minneota-Beau Buysse 2-5, 3 runs; Tyson Sonnenburg 2-3-1 run, double, 2 RBI, 2 BB; Jordan Beck 2-4 1 run, 2 RBI.
Rosen-Dylan Lillejord 3-5, 3 RBI, run, double, 2-run HR; Brandon Hill 3-5 1 RBI; Nate Nelson 2-5, run, RBI.
Sunday. I still remember the playoffs," he said.
The Mudhens were beaten by Rosen in the playoffs last year on a controversial play. And the loss has not set well with Berg.
Earlier in the day, about the time Minneota's Tyson Sonnenburg had done the nearly impossible — socked a two-run home run over the long left field fence in Minneota to draw the Mudhens within 4-2 of Milroy, Berg was rapping out a piano solo.
The accomplished musician wrapped his storied career at Lakeview High School in Cottonwood by using many of his talents. Yet, as he accepted his diploma, his team, the Minneota Mudhens were on his mind.
"You're still wrapped up about that loss to Rosen?" he was asked. "Yes, and I want to get back at them," he said.
Berg and his mates will get their chance when they play at 2 p.m. Sunday in Minneota against the Rosen Express in a Land O' Ducks League game.
The Friday loss looked bad, but it was a 4-2 game after seven innings.
That's because Minneota's Tyson Sonnenburg socked a two-run home run in the sixth inning — and he hit it in the most unlikely place — down the left field line.
"I just saw it going down the line and started running," said Sonnenburg, who had no idea the ball had gone over the fence. He had to ask the umpire about it.
"I've never seen one hit there before," he said. Nobody else could recall a home run in that corner as well.
Minneota seemed to be perched on the verge of a comeback when Sonnenburg sent Adam Kovash to the mound to relieve Peyton Nuy.
Nuy had struggled through seven walks but had survived by allowing just five hits.
But Kovash was not as fortunate.
"Everything they hit seemed to have eyes and found a hole someplace. They hit everything where we weren't," said Sonnenburg, who doubles as the Mudhen manager.
By the time the eighth inning was over, the Irish had banged out seven hits, scored seven runs and took an 11-2 lead.
They got three more in the ninth off reliever Austin Buysse, then scored their final run on an infield grounder by Alex Guttormsson after two Irish errors.
Besides the homer, there were bright spots. Minneota turned three double plays, one in unique fashion.
With two runners on, Derek Riley popped the ball up and Beau Buysse caught it. He threw it to Jordan Beck at second and they caught Tyler Peterson the third double play.
They also turned one in the third that was started and ended by first baseman Dan Hennen and the other was a spectacular catch in right field by Brock Buysse and throw to Austin Buysse at third to nab Peterson trying to advance to third.
"I told the guys to forget about this one. It got away from us. We were in it most of the way," said Manager Sonnenburg.
"We need to come back strong against Rosen," he said.
Milroy Irish 219 199 973 — 14 17 3
Minneota 000 002 001 — 3 6 1
WP-Tyler Peterson. LP-Peyton Nuy.
Hitting: Minneota:singles by Dan Hennen, Austin Buysse (2), Jordan Beck and Henry Pesch. HR-Tyson Sonnenburg (2 RBI).
Irish: Dominic dolan 2 hits, 3 runs; 2 RBI; Dakota Freiborg 4 hits, 4 RBI, double; Tyler Peterson 3 hits, 2 runs; Derek Riley 2 RBI; Anthony Dolan 2 hits, 2 runs, RBI.