Late rally lifts Mudhens past Rosen
The Minneota Mudhens put together a three-run, two-out rally in the seventh inning and rode the arm of Danny Hennen to upend Rosen 3-2 on Sunday at K.P. Kompelien Field.
Hennen allowed only six hits and baffled Rosen throughout the game while needing only 111 pitches, including a four-pitch sixth inning and a seven-pitch ninth inning.
"My curveball has a little better break to it this year," the 31-year-old right-hander said. "I'm not trying to throw it as hard and am concentrating on snapping it off more."
Hennen's strength has always been his control. He walked only two in this game which allowed him to stay out of trouble. He struck out eight, including the final batter of the game.
"Eight strikeouts is a lot for me," Hennen admitted. "I usually don't get that many. But I'll take it."
"Danny pitched awesome for us," said Mudhens manager Tyson Sonnenburg. "And in a game where we were pretty low on pitching, he came through big time being able to go all nine innings."
Rosen scored both of its runs in the second inning on a leadoff error, a walk and a single. Hennen then enticed a groundout and a flyout to escape further damage, then coasted the rest of the way. Only one Rosen baserunner reached as far as second base after that second inning.
Trailing 2-0 and having managed only four hits through the first six innings, the Mudhens utilized six five hits and a hit batsmen to string together their three runs.
With two outs, AJ Myhre and Brock Buysse had back-to-back singles. Jake Leighton then ripped a double into the right field corner to score Myhre, but the ball rolled under the fence for a ground-rule a single, keeping the tying run at third base.
Alex Pohlen then singled to score Buysse with the tying run, and Austin Buysse followed with another single to score Leighton with the go-ahead run.
The Mudhens finished with 10 hits. Buysse went 3-for-4 and Leighton was 2-for-4.
Minneota 3, Rosen 2
Rosen.................020 000 000 - 2 5 1
Minneota............000 000 30x - 3 10 1
Minneota hitting: Jake Leighton 2-for-4, run, 2b, rbi; Alex Pohlen 1-for-4, rbi; Austin Buysse 3-for-4, rbi; Tyson Sonnenburg 1-for-3; Danny Hennen 0-for-4; Austin DeVlaeminck 1-for-2; Preston Nuy 0-for-4; Tate Walerius 0-for-2; AJ Myhre 1-for-2, run; Brock Buysse 1-for-4, run
Minneota pitching: Danny Hennen (W) 9-6-2-0-2-8
Result Saturday, May 15
Ortonville 4, Minneota 2
Minneota had a depleted team due to several players having previous commitments, but managed nine hits. AJ Myhre made his debut and got his first hit as a Mudhen.
"Chris Fellows has been one of the best pitchers in the league for years and threw eight innings, mixing his pitches very well" said Mudhens manager Tyson Sonnenburg about the Ortonville mound opponent. "We had our opportunities to win, but couldn’t come through with some timely hits."
Minneota scored once in the third inning and again in the seventh, but were unable to mount any big innings against Fellows.
In the third, Sonnenburg walked with one out and scored on Tate Walerius' two-out double.
In the seventh, Preston Nuy and Austin Buysse hit consecutive singles. Buy scored on a one-out single by Danny Hennen.
Peyton Nuy started and took the loss for the Mudhens. Preston Nuy pitched four innings of relief.
Minneota hitting: Preston Nuy 1-for-5, run; Austin Buysse 2-for-5; Tyson Sonnenburg 1-for-4; Danny Hennen 2-for-5, rbi; Tate Walerius 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Brad Liebfried 0-for-2; AJ Myhre 1-for-4; Peyton Nuy 0-for-4; Brock Buysse 1-for-4
Minneota pitching: not available