Mudhens top Cards, Mallards
Posted July 18, 2017
Good pitching! Solid defense — that will win games.
The Minneota Mudhens found that out when they swept three games this past week from Land O'Ducks League opponents.
But they also discovered a “big bat” in the lineup doesn’t hurt either.
Canby native Adam Durfee provided the “lumber” and the arms of Tommy Fischer, Danny Hennen, Zach Nuy and Henry Pesch formed a formidable mound staff that beat Montevideo 4-2; Sunday stopped Cottonwood 10-5 and came back for the night part of the doubleheader Sunday to defeat Madison, 3-2.
The wins left them 8-4 in the league and in a fourth-fifth-or sixth place spot in the conference playoffs.
The first six teams are seated and the rest play off for the final two spots. As a result, Minneota won't play for nearly two weeks as they await the "play-in" teams round of the playoffs.
"We'll try and get a couple of exhibition games," said Assistant Manager Beau Buysse. Manager Tyson Sonnenburg said, "It's just too long and we have good timing going right now and we don't want to lose it. So we'll find someone to play.”
Danny Hennen threw most of the win over Cottonwood and got help from Zach Nuy and closer Henry Pesch.
In the sqeaker over Madison, Nuy pitch until the ninth, giving up just four hits. He fanned four. Pesch came back in the ninth to strike out the side — despite giving up a hit, and Minneota had the Sunday sweep.
Against Madison, the ignitor was Adam Durfee. He broke up a 0-0 game with a triple in the fourth. He scored on a groundout by Pesch.
He doubled in the sixth with Pesch following with a single and both scored on a single by Austin Buysse and a single by Danny Hennen.
Nuy's only bump in the road was the fifth when his teammates fell apart and committed four errors. A pair of hits by Brandon Hill and Seth Haas led to the two runs.
But Nuy and Pesch put out the fire the rest of the way.
Durfee ended the game 3-4 with two runs scored. Austin Buysse had a pair of hits. He told The Mascot since his American Legion team in Canby folded, “The focus is on the Mudhens.”
Durfee said, “After I got the hits, a lot of the other guys stepped up.” He likes being the catalyst.
He also turned in some spectacular plays at shortstop, including one in the eighth inning. He went deep into the hole near third base and still through out Avan Kells to end the inning.
He had the crowd “oooin’ and aaaaaing’ after that one. “The crowd was huge and really into the game tonight,” said Durfee, adding, “That helped pump me up.”
IN THE Cottonwood game, Mike Luke smashed the ball over the right field fence for a two-run home run in the eighth. The Mudhens scored one more in the ninth and used the arm of Pesch to put the Cardinals away.
Cottonwood committed seven errors and kicked the ball around to help the Minneota cause. Preston Nuy, fresh from the American Legion win, stepped in and doubled during a three-run rally in the fourth.
Austin Buysse knocked in a pair of runs with two hits as the Mudhens coasted to the 10-5 win.
Jacob Neu had a pair of hits for the Cardinals and Seth Boerboom was the starter and loser.
Minneota 4, Montevideo 2
“We beat their best,” said Minneota Manager Tyson Sonnenburg after the Minneota Mudhens beat Montevideo Wednesday night, 4-2. “This put us in a great position,” said the manager.
“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 games — 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.
“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.
Minneota 10, Cottonwood 5
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Beau Buysse, c 4-2-1-0; Drew Fadness, ph 1-0-0-0; Jordan Beck, 1b 5-0-1-0; Tyson Sonnenburg, cf 4-1-1-0; Adam Durfee, ss 3-2-1-0; Jesse Drager, 2b 4-1-0-0; Austin Buysse, 3b 4-1-2-2; Preston Nuy, lf 4-2-1-1; Mike Luke, dh, 3-1-1-2; Brock Buysse, rf, 4-0-1-1; Henry Pesch, p 0-0-0-0; Danny Hennen, p 0-0-0-0. Totals 36-10-9-6.
COTTONWOOD (AB-R-H-RBI) Jacob Neu, ss 4-3-1-0; Seth Boerboom, p 5-1-2-2; Chris Berg, rf 4-0-0-0; Seth Plotz, lf 4-0-2-0; Cody Fruin, 3b 4-0-1-1;Tristen Groff, 1b 4-0-0-0; Brad Boerboom, c 4-0-0-0; Jacob Rausch, 2b 4-0-1-0; Cody St. Aubin, cf 3-1-1-0. Totals 36-5-8-3.
Score by Innings:
Minneota 101 310 121 — 10 9 2
Cottonwood 102 000 020 — 5 8 7
E-Minneota: Durfee, Drager; Cottonwood: Berg; Neu; Fruin 2; B. Boerboom; Groff; Rausch.LOB-Minneota: 6; Cottonwood 8. SB-Minneota: Beau Buysse 3; Cottonwood: Neu 2; Rausch. 2B-Minneota: P. Nuy. HR-Minneota: Luke; Cottonwood: Seth Boerboom.
Pitching IP R ER H BB K
Hennen (W) 7 5 4 8 0 7
Nuy .1 0 0 0 3 0
Pesch 1.2 0 0 0 1 2
S. Boerboom (L) 9 10 5 9 4 6
HP-Seth Plotz (by Nuy); Cody St. Aubin (by Pesch). WP-S. Boerboom 4. PB-B. Boerboom.
Minneota 3, Madison 2
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Beau Buysse, 2b 4-0-1-0; Jordan Beck, dh 4-0-1-0; Zach Nuy, p 0-0-0-0; Tyson Sonnenburg, cf 3-0-0-0; Adam Durfee, ss 4-2-3-0; Henry Pesch, lf-p 3-1-1-1; Austin Buysse, 3b 4-0-2-1; Jesse Drager, c 2-0-0-0; Mike Luke, ph 1-0-0-0; Danny Hennen, 1b 2-0-1-1; Ryan Koopman, ph 1-0-0-0; Brock Buusse, rf3-0-0-0; Preston Nuy, rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 31-2-8-3.
MADISON (AB-R-H-RBI) Brandon Hill, ss4-0-2-0; Matt Enger, c 3-0-0-0; Cole Bungarden, rf 4-0-1-0; Avan Kells, dh 4-0-1-0; Brandon Bornhorst, p 0-0-0-0; Garrett Olson, 3b 4-0-0-0; Zach Flickenmeyer, lf 4-0-1-0; Jacob Redpenning, 1b 4-1-0-0; Seth Haas, 2b 3-1-1-1; Matt Monson, ph 1-0-0-0; Austin Haas, cf 3-0-0-0. Totals 33-2-6-1.
Score by Innings:
Madison 000 020 000 —2 6 0
Minneota 000 102 00x — 3 8 5
E-Minneota: A. Buysse 2; Beau Buysse 2; Drager. LOB-Minneota 8; Madison 6. SAC-Madison: Matt Enger. 2B-Minneota: Durfee; 3B-Minneota: Durfee.
Pitching IP R ER H BB K
Zach Nuy (W) 8 2 0 5 0 5
Pesch (S) 1 0 0 1 0 3
Bornhorst (L) 8 3 3 8 2 11
WP-Nuy 2. BALK-Nuy.