"This put us in a great position," said the manager. Minneota, now 6-4 in the league and Montevideo, now 5-5, are battling for playoff position in the Land O'Ducks League.
"Now we control our own destiny," the manager said.
Minneota plays Cottonwood at 3 p.m. in Cottonwood Sunday and comes home to play Madison at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
"Tommy (Fischer) battled and wanted it. We left it all on the field tonight," the manager said.
Fischer pitched into the eighth inning, gave up eight hits, two runs and fanned four. But with runners on second and third and two outs in the eighth, Danny Hennen came on to pitch.
He got a strikeout to end the threat and put the Spartans down in the ninth in order to preserve the win for Fischer and pick up a save for himself.
"Putting Dan (Hennen) in was a good decision. Tommy was battlin' and getting out of james — but it was a smart move. It was nice to have a guy like Danny in our back pocket," said Sonnenburg.
"This was the first time we've beaten Montevideo," said Assistant Manager Beau Buysse.
In fact, "we've NEVER beaten Colton Vien, Montevideo's fireballer. Not in high school, legion or town ball," said Buysse, who had two hits in the attack on Montevideo.
"We didn't let this one slip way. It was an important win," Hennen said about coming in to slam the door on the Spartans.
Minneota's three-run rally in the first inning held up. A leadoff single by Beau Buysse started it and when Jordna Beck popped up a bunt and Montevideo third baseman Jordan Lehtola dropped it — the Mudhens were in business. Sonnenburg got on and Adam Durfee followed with a long double to knock in two. Henry Pesch singled him home for the 3-0 lead — which, as it turns out, was all Minneota would need.
A single by Sonnenburg, stolen base and error by the Spartans turned into the extra cushion Minneota would need as they rode home to a 4-2 win.
"I felt really good out there. We knew it was time to take a step forward," said Fischer.
About Hennen's relief performance, catcher Jesse Drager said, "His fastball was moving and he was throwing hard."
The Mudhens defense was sterling. Durfee turned in several great plays at shortstop and in the eighth inning, Joe Schlagel pounded a ball to deep centerfield and Sonnenburg made a leaping, falling catch.
Preston Nuy also made a spectacular catch in right field and three all the way home to nail Jake Bednar trying to score from third base.
"Now, we believe we can beat anybody," Sonnenburg said
Minneota 4, Montevideo 2
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Beau Buysse, 2b 4-1-2-0; Jordan Beck, dh 4-0-1-0; Thomas Fischer, p 0-0-0-0; Tyson Sonnenburg, cf 4-2-2-0; Adam Durfee, ss 4-1-2-2; Henry Pesch, lf 4-0-2-0; Austin Buysse, 3b 4-0-0-1; Jesse Drager, c 4-0-0-0; Danny Hennen, 1b 3-0-1-0; Zach Nuy, ph 1-0-0-0; Preston Nuy, rf 3-0-0-0. Totals 35-4-10-3.
MONTEVIDEO (AB-R-H-RBI) Joe Bednar, cf 5-0-2-0; Zac Enveldson, lf 5-0-1-0; Cam Vien, ss 4-0-0-0; Joe Schlagel, 1b 4-1-2-0; Dan Duenewald, 1b 0-0-0-0; Colton Vien, p 3-1-1-0; Jake Bednar, c 4-0-1-2; Markus Krantz, 2b 2-0-0-0; Mitch Christianson, 2b 1-0-1-0; Jordan Lehtola, 3b 3-0-0-0; Josh Anderson, rf 4-0-0-0. Totals 35-2-8-2.
Score by Innings
Madison 000 200 000 — 2 8 4
Minneota 300 100 00x — 4 10 1
E-Minneota: Fischer; Montevideo: Lehtola, Jake Bednar, Schlagel; Krantz. LOB-Minneota 7; Montevideo 9. SB-Minneota: Beau Buysse, Sonnenburg 2, Pesch; Montevideo: Joe Bednar. DP-Montevideo 6-3 (3); 5-3 (7). 2B-Minneota: Durfee (2). 3B: Montevideo: Jake Bednar.
Pitching IP R ER H BB K
T. Fischer (W) 7.2 2 2 8 1 4
D. Hennen (S) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
Colton Vien (L) 8 4 2 10 0 8
HP-Krantz, Christianson (by Fischer). WP-Fischer; PB-Drager.