Mudhens win classic

Posted June 16, 2017

Mudhens win classic

Mudhens captured the Paul Larson 

Memorial Minneota Mudhens Classic with a 5-4 win Searles.


Byron Higgin

Mascot Sports Editor


The first Paul Larson Memorial Minnesota Mudhen Classic was won by the Mudhens.

But they hadn't won since — then, four years later, on Saturday, they beat Ruthton 13-4 and came back for a 5-4 win over Searles in the championship.

"We had two starters missing the first game, then three the second, but the guys stepped it up," said Acting Manager Beau Buysse.

Searles beat Tracy 13-2 in five innings to game the championship game. Ruthton came back to take the third place game from Tracy 5-1 to set up the championship match.

Without Manager Tyson Sonnenburg, catcher Jesse Drager, backup catcher Josh Bednarek, pitcher Tommy Fischer and in the second game Jordan Beck ... the Mudhens persevered.

"Guys picked it up and took advantage of the opportunity to play," said Buysse.

Minneota turned three double plays, had just one error the entire two games and none in the championship. "Those double plays got us out of jams. Our defense really stepped up," Buysse added.

Two unsung heroes for the Mudhens stepped up and were awarded the Co-MVP Trophys. Austin Buysse, who switched from third base to catcher not only caught well, but had five hits in seven hits to the plate, scored four runs and knocked in three runs. Teammate Preston Nuy was five for seven with a run scored and a run batted in.

Minneota nearly didn't make it to the finals, trailing 4-1 going into the fifth against Ruthton. But they rallied for two in the fifth to make it 4-3 — then exploded with a 10-run sixth inning to put the game away at 13-4.

The defining moment was when Adam Durfee slammed a three-run home run over the left field fence to suddenly put the Mudhens in the driver's seat at 6-3. But the rejuvenated Hens were not through.

They ripped off 10 hits in the inning and put the game away for pitcher Danny Hennen. Durfee had the big game with two hits, four runs batted in and two runs scored. Hennen also contributed with four hits and two runs batted. The two eventual MVP's, Nuy with three hits and Buysse with two, also had a say in the outcome.

Danny Hennen was not sharp on the mound and Ruthton slammed out three runs in the first inning, key by a run-scoring single from Shay Wabeke. Minneota got one back on a run-scoring single by Hennen but Ruthton scored one more in the second for a 4-1 lead.

That held up until the fifth when Nuy and Brock Buysse knocked in runs to make it 4-3. 

While not sharp on the mound, Danny Hennen had three hits and knocked in two runs.

But it was Durfee won propelled the rally and sent Minneota into the finals.


IN THE championship game, Searles scored twice for a 2-0 lead in the first. But Minneota came back to tie it in the second when Nuy again dropped in a hit to score Austin Buysse, who had also singled. Nuy scored on an error.

The Mudhen the lead at 3-2 in the third when Austin Buysse singled again, got the help of an error and hit by Preston Nuy and scored on a fielder’s choice by Mike Luke.

They added two more with a rally started by a Beau Buysse single. He and Adam Durfee scored on a big two-run blast to centerfield by Austin Buysse.

Zach Nuy was on the mound and he suffered through a two-run sixth by Searles to cut the lead to 5-4. But he gave up just a single, got a strikeout and finally a pop-out to shortstop Durfee to end the game. It gave the tournament title to the Mudhens.


Minneota 13, Ruthton 4

MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Beau Buysse, 2b 4-2-2-1; Mike Luke, cr-rf 0-1-0-0; Jordan Beck, 1b 5-2-2-1; Adam Durfee, ss 5-2-2-3; Danny Hennen, p 5-1-3-2; Austin Buysse, c 4-2-2-1; Henry Pesch, lf 4-1-2-0; Preston Nuy, rf-2b 3-0-3-1; Brock Buysse, cf 3-1-2-1; Ryan Koopman, 3b 4-1-1-1. Totals 37 13 20 13.

RUTHTON (AB-R-H-RBI) Dain LaRock, ss 5-2-3-0; Walker Kor, lf 4-0-1; Eric Wiering, c 3-1-3-0; Shay Wabeke, 3b-p 4-1-1-0; Chris Dougherty, 2b 3-0-1-1; Brent Wiering, 1b 3-0-2-0; Tylan Gylling, cf 4-0-2-0; Levi Hurst, p 4-0-1-0; Mik Holinka, rf 4-0-1-0. Totals 34-4-14-1.

Score by Innngs

Ruthton           310 000   0 — 4  14  2

Minneota        100 0210 x — 13 20 1

E: Minneota: Beau Buysse; Ruthton: LaRock; Brent Wiering. LOB-Minneota 10; Ruthton: 12. SB-Minneota: Hennen; Ruthton: LaRock. SAC-Minneota: Beau Buysse, Brock Buysse. 2B-Minneota: Beck, Durfee. HR-Minneota: Durfee.

Pitching        IP    R    ER    H   BB    K


Danny Hennen (W)        7     4     3       14  0        5


Levi Hurts (L)                 6     13   12      20    0     5  

HP-Austin Buysse (by Hurst); Kor, Dougherty (by Hennen). WP-Hennen. PB-Ruthton: Eric Wiering.    


Searles 13, Tracy 2 (5 innings)

Score by Innings

Searles        113 44 — 13 8 0

Tracy            002 00 — 2   4 2

WP-Casey Lux. LP-Jordan Lanoue.

Top Hitters: Searles: Jack Fairbern 3-0-2-3; Ryan Hansen 2-4-2-2; Dave Hatle 2-3-1-1; Tracy: Tanner Phelps 3-0-2-0.


Third Place Game

Ruthton 5, Tracy 1

Tracy        000 100 0  — 1 2 4

Ruthton    000 104 x ­ — 5 4 4

WP-Chris Dougherty. LP-Rusty Swanson.

Top Hitters: Ruthton: Dougherty 4-0-1-3 (three-run double); Tracy: Corry Apperson home run.


Minneota 5, Searles 4

MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Beau Buysse 4-1-3-1; Henry Pesch, p-dh 3-0-0-0; Zach Nuy, p 0-0-0-0; Adam Durfee, ss 3-1-0-0; Danny Hennen, 1b 4-0-0-0; Austin Buysse, c 3-2-3-2; Preston Nuy, rf 3-1-2-1; Mike Luke, lf 3-0-0-0; Brock Buysse, cf 3-0-1-0; Ryan Koopman, 3b 1-0-0-0; Drew Fadness, ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 28-5-9-4.

SEARLES (AB-R-H-RBI) Collin Helget, dh 2-1-2-1; Frank Forstner, 1b 4-1-1-0; Dave Hatle, lf 3-0-0-0; Justin Bruns, ss 4-0-2-1; Ryley Hansen, cf 3-0-1-1; Dan Reinke, 3b 3-0-0-0; Steve Kloeckl, ph 1-0-0-0; Casey Lux, rf 3-1-1-0; Jack Fairbairn, 2b 2-1-0-0; Collin Risting, c 2-0-1-0. Totals 26-4-8-3.

Score by Innings:

Searles       200 002 0 — 4 8 1

Minneota    021 200 x — 5 9 0

E-Searles: Lux. LOB: Minneota 7; Searles: 6. SB-Minneota-Beau Buysse 2; Durfee. SAC-Minneota: Pesch. DP-Minneota: 1-2-3 (1); 1-6-3 (3); 6-3 (6). 

Pitching            IP    R    ER    H     BB     K


Pesch                 2      2    2       2      4       1

Zach Nuy (W)    5      2    2       6      1       1


Ian Drager (L)    7      5    3       9      1       2

WP-Pesch; Drager. HP-Hansen (by Pesch); Durfee (by Drager).




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