Danny Hennen is the leading pitcher for the Minneota Mudhens. He got the win at Appleton on Sunday.

Mudhens topple Appleton; earn second playoff spot

The Minneota Mudhens got an 11-2 win over Appleton Sunday to secure second place in the section playoffs.

After the top four, the rest of the Land O' Ducks leagues plays off to play the top four.

Minneota, was tied at 6-4 with three other teams comign into sunday but had beaten two of them, the Morris Eagles and the Rosen Express.

They have also beaten Dumont, which lost to Ortonville. So Dumont (7-3) lost to Ortonville, so Minneota finished second and Dumopnt third.

Minneota was to play Windom Friday (today), but Windom backed out because of the water situation in their community. They have missed several home league games because of the high water situation so they needed Friday to make up one of those games.

On Sunday at Appleton, Danny Hennen pitched six innings, allowing just two hits with four strikeouts. Bryce Gorder went two innings with four more strikeouts and Adam Durfee finished the contest for the Mudhens with three more strikeouts for a total of 11 strikeouts by Mudhen hurlers. Meanwhile, it was a banner day for Manager Tyson Sonnenburg, who went 2-5 with five runs batted in, two runs scored, a double, home run and walk.

Jesse Drager was 2-4 with a pair of runs scored and Jake Leighton went 2-5 and knocked in a run and scored one. Henry Pesch scored a pair of runs for the Mudhens, who are now 12-9 overall going into the playoffs.

Minneota 11, Appleton 2
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Jordan Beck, 1b 3-1-0-1; Zach Nuy, 1b 2-0-1-1; Tyson Sonnenburg, cf 5-2-2-5; Jake Leighton, 2b-ss 5-1-2-1-; Adam Durfee, ss-p 5-0-1-0; Austin Buysse, 3b 5-0-1-0; Henry Pesch, lf 4-2-1-0; Jesse Drager, c 4-2-2-0; Danny Hennen, p 3-1-1-1; Bryce Gorder, p-2b 1-0-0-0; Brock Buysse, rf 2-1-0-1; James Chalky, rf 2-0-0-0. Totals 41-11-11-11.
APPLETON (AB-R-H-RBI) Ryan Lee, rf 3-0-1-0; Tyron Mulden, p 1-0-0-0; Tim Eliason, 1b 2-0-1-0; Ben Mulder, ph-1b 2-0-0-0; Mitch Ejnik, c 4-0-0-0; Dylan Erickson, p-2b 2-0-0-0; Dan Thielke, 2b 2-0-0-0; Joey Schreck, ss 3-1-1-; Collin Gades, dh 2-0-0-0; Isaiah Edmunds, 2b 2-1-1-0;  Nick Burkleo, 3b 2-0-0-0; Josh Guse, ph 1-0-0-0; Adam Kolander, lf 4-0-0-0; Jordan Long, cf 1-0-0-0; Cory Hennenburg, ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 32-2-4-0.
Score by Innings:
Minneota                   001 603 100 — 11 11 1
Appleton                   000 000 200 — 2  4   3
E-Minneota: A. Buysse; Appleton: Lee 2; Burkleo. LOB-Minneota: 9; Appleton 5. SB-Minneota: Beck, Durfee, Drager. 2B-Minneota: Sonnenburg, Drager; Appleton: Schreck. HR-Minneota: Sonnenburg.
Pitching                                   IP    R    ER    H    BB    K
Hennen (W)                            6     0     0       2     1      4
Gorder                                    2     2     0       2     0      4
Durfee                                    1     0     0       0     1      3
Erickson (L)                            3.2  3     3       2     6      2
Lee                                         3.1  4     4       8     0      2
T. Molden                               2     1     0       3     1      1
Schreck                                 1     0     0       0     0      2
HP-Burkelo (by Durfee).

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