By Adam J.S. Holt, contributor
The consolation bracket semifinal for the Class B state tournament was set after four games Friday in Green Isle and Norwood.
Moorhead and Northfield will square off for a chance to keep playing for a title Monday after winning games Friday night. Moorhead defeated Chaska 7-0 in Green Isle, while Northfield edged Dundas 4-3 in Norwood. Earlier in the day, Chaska beat Beaudreau’s Saints 6-0, while Dundas defeated Brooklyn Park 2-0.
Saturday, Miesville and Chanhassen play for the winners bracket championship, at 1:30 p.m. in Hamburg. The loser of that game faces the winner of Northfield and Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the consolation final.
Northfield 4, Dundas 3
Patience at the plate led to a pair of fifth-inning runs for the Knights, and Northfield’s Jake Mathison outdid his brother Todd on the mound as the two pitched against each other in a state elimination game, which Northfield won 4-3.
Down for the first time all game after Dundas scored three in the top of the fifth, Todd Mathison ran into some trouble in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases before being replaced by Noah Luedtke. Luedtke walked the next two batters, putting the Knights up 4-3.
Dundas got a man to third in the seventh, but only sent 13 men to the plate in the final four innings of the game against Jake Mathison. The Northfield starter went nine innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six, and aside from the top of the fifth, he didn’t have much trouble with the Dukes.
For a while, it looked like Northfield might leave the field wishing it had taken advantage of more chances. The Knights loaded the bases in the first against Todd Mathison, but got just one run, on a fielder’s choice. They loaded them again in the fourth, but scored just one on a Troy Deden single to go up 2-0.
Todd Mathison went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks and a hit batsman, striking out three.
Dundas got its three runs in the top of the fifth, an inning where the Dukes hit three doubles. Charlie Ruud doubled with one out and scored, along with Pat Wadzinski, on Jonathan Bishop’s double to deep center to tie the game. Nathan Van Roekel followed with a double of his own as the Dukes took a 3-2 lead.
The Knights went 3-1 against the Dukes this season.
Northfield faces Moorhead at 5 p.m. Sunday, where the Knights will be the home team.
Moorhead 7, Chaska 0
Two early runs were all the Brewers needed against the Cubs, as Moorhead kept its run alive with a 7-0 victory.
Tanner Adam hit an RBI double and an error gave Moorhead two runs in the bottom of the first. Three straight two-out singles in the fourth added a run and Jeremy Peschel drove in two with a double as the Brewers went up 5-0.
Chaska tried to ride pitcher Peter Ohnsorg, who pitched a complete-game shutout to get the Cubs to this game, but Ohnsorg went just four innings and gave up five runs, four earned on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Moorhead added two more in the seventh, again with two-out hits. Chris Coste added a two-run double and Brewers starter Tanner Dahl finished out a complete game backed by ample run support.
Dahl scattered eight hits in his nine innings, walking two and striking out five.
Moorhead and Northfield play for the right to face the loser of Miesville and Chanhassen. The consolation final is 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Green Isle.
Chaska 6, Beaudreau’s 0
The Cubs broke open a tight game with a five-run sixth and Pete Ohnsorg pitched a complete-game shutout as Chaska topped Beaudreau’s Saints 6-0 in Green Isle.
The first eight batters reached safely for Chaska in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, J.T. Canakes hit an RBI single to make it 2-0, and Dylan Peterson dumped a single to right to score two more, chasing Saints starting pitcher Nick Maiers from the game. Brad Haag came on in relief and allowed an RBI single to Tyler Peterson, and Justin Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to left to make it 6-0.
The Saints went three innings between hits in the middle of the game against Ohnsorg, who scattered seven hits and struck out six, without walking a batter.
Maiers went five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Haag added three innings of scoreless relief, giving up four hits and striking out one.
Dundas 2, Brooklyn Park 0
The Dukes’ Charlie Ruud pitched a gem, and that meant two runs were enough for Dundas to advance past the Norsemen in a 2-0 game to start the day in Norwood.
Ruud allowed just two hits over nine shutout innings, walking one and striking out eight, as well as getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.
Dundas only got five hits, but also walked twice and had two hit batters, scoring in the second and seventh innings. Van Roekel and Todd Mathison had RBI for the Dukes, and Mathison had two of the Dukes’ five hits.
Brooklyn Park’s Brandon Woznak went seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks, striking out five. Brandon Rushmeyer pitched two perfect innings of relief for the Norsemen.
Photos by Adam J.S. Holt