Mudhens, As near even in playoff "warm-up game"
Posted July 26, 2018
The idea was to give both teams a "warmup" before playoffs open this weekend.
So Minneota and Marshall hooked up Wednesday in a seven-inning game that after 10 pitchers, 13 walks; four runs walked in and four errors, Marshall scored on two runs walked home in the seventh to win, 7-6.
"The idea was to give both teams a chance to stay fresh for the playoffs," said Mudhen Assistant Manager Beau Buysse. "And it did that. If we were trying hard to win we would have done things differently," he said.
As a result, the Mudhens didn't pitch Danny Hennen, Henry Pesch, Zach Nuy or Bryce Gorder at all — not to mention Preston Nuy, who had an American Legion game the next day.
Instead, Tommy Fischer, Jordan Beck and Beau Buysse and seldom-used Adam Durfee pitched most of the game. Starter Jake Leighton was limited to two innings.
Marshall responded much the same way with five pitchers hurling during the seven-inning game.
"It was OK. We got we wanted out of it," said Manager Tyson Sonnenburg.
Brock Buysse used his speed to leg out a pair of hits and score a run — and he knocked one in to lead the Mudens. Beau Buysse, Tyson Sonnenburg, Leighton; Durfee and Austin Buysse each had singles. Danny Hennen doubled for the Mudhens. A's Manager Buddah Greenwood led the team with two hits, including a double. Both teams had eight eights.
Minneota got some bad news. Catcher-second baseman Jesse Drager hyper-extended his right elbow during work and is doubtful for the rest of the season.
The Mudhens, now 13-10 on the year, play the Clinton Cards in a 5 p.m. game Saturday at Madison in the Section 9C playoffs.