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Saturday, January 11TH 2014












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Miesville wins game 2 against Red Wing forcing a decisive game 3 in Miesville on Friday 8/9/13 @ 8pm for the series finale. 

Even with a 9-4 lead, there was a bit of apprehension for the Miesville Mudhens on Wednesday.

Thanks to thunderstorms causing Game 2 of the Section 1B second-round series to be suspended in the fourth inning Tuesday, Miesville had to regain that edge they had over the Red Wing Aces before the delay.

“It’s kind of tough coming back like that; it’s a whole new day and anything can happen,” said Mudhens’ catcher Colin Keefe. “We had to keep our bats going.”

Sixteen runs and 20 hits later, Miesville had its offensive swagger back in a hurry as it tied the best-of-three series with Red Wing with a 16-8 victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field.

 “There are always those question marks when play is suspended like that,” said Miesville manager/center fielder Matt Van Der Bosch. “Thankfully, we stayed hot and continued to swing the bat like we did on Tuesday.”

The decisive third game takes place at 8 p.m. Friday at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville.

Van Der Bosch added, “We’re not surprised. This is too good of a section for teams to sweep one another.”

Already leading by five runs going into the fifth inning, the Mudhens (20-8) tacked on another run thanks to an RBI single by Charles Bruchu to make it 10-4.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Aces (31-6) closed the gap to 10-6 after RBI singles by Mike Stegora and Adam Thygesen.

Then, after Miesville went up 11-6 in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Van Der Bosch, the Aces cut the lead back down to four on another one-run single by Thygesen.

Even with a sizeable deficit staring Red Wing in the face, the team was not going to let up. But every time Red Wing tried to get a rally going, the Mudhens’ bats found a way to halt the Aces’ comeback.

“We would get a couple, but (Miesville) would find a way to tack them on again,” Gibart said.

And in the top of the eighth, Miesville turned the game into a laugher.

Bringing 10 players to the plate, the Mudhens racked up five runs on three hits and four walks. Red Wing was forced to use three pitchers in the inning.

Pitching woes by the Aces allowed the first two Miesville runs to score as David Vogelgesang drew a bases-loaded walk to score Andrew Werner and Matt Hanse reached home on a wild pitch. Then with bases loaded, Keefe cracked a bases-clearing double towards the 378-foot mark in center field to make it 16-7.

“It felt good to get that hit, especially after having two horrible at-bats earlier in the game,” said Keefe, who finished 2-for-6 with two doubles, five RBI and two runs scored. “I was fortunate to make good contact with it.”

Eight Mudhens collected multiple hits over the two-day game, including three hits apiece by Vogelgesang, Van Der Bosch and Werner. Van Der Bosch and Alex LaShomb both had three RBI in the victory.

“Our middle guys got rolling,” Van Der Bosch said, “and we got some big boys there in the middle. When those guys get going, it’s hard to stop.”


Miesville Earns 2nd Seed and 1st Round Bye

Miesville finished tied for first in Section 1B and recieved the number 2 seed of the 6 team section.  Dundas recieved the top seed followed by Miesville, Red Wing, Northfield, Elko, and Hastings.  Both Dundas and Miesville earn a first round bye while Red Wing plays Hastings and Northfield plays Elko in a best of 3 series.  The winners of these series' will face off with Dundas and Miesville.  Miesville will play the highest seed remaining while Dundas will play the lower, both in another best of 3 series starting Sunday, August 4th.

Miesville's schedule:

Sunday, August 4th vs (Highest Seed Remaining) in Miesville @ 2pm
Tuesday, August 6th vs (Highest Seed Remaining) AWAY @ 8pm
Friday, August 9th vs (Highest Seed Remaining) in Miesville @ 8pm (if necessary)

Please keep checking back here for more game information and/or our facebook page.


Miesville Loses a Great Friend, Jack Ruhr

The Miesville Mudhens family and so many others have lost a dear friend today. Our condolences and prayers for Jack Ruhr's family and friends and a big prayer for you Jack. Miesville baseball is what it is because of Jack and his friends. You will always be in our hearts in and off the field.

Jack Ruhr has been the President of the Mudhens for over 46 years. He was an original stockholder in 1960, when the current ballpark was built, and has served as player/manager. Jack recruited many players over the years and helped form the nucleus of many championship teams. Jack has been a father figure to many Mudhen players and a central figure in the Cannon Valley League. Ruhr was honored approximately 15 years a go by having the Miesville Ball Park re-named “Jack Ruhr Field”.

(photo credits: Field: Tom Henry Jack: Barb Bauer)


Hens Pick up a Pair of Wins Going Into the Final Week

Miesville beat Stockman's Irish (12-8) and the Rochester Royals (10-8) as they prepare for the final week of the regular season.

Friday Miesville hosted Stockman's Irish and came from behind to snake the victory.  The game was back and forth all night when Miesville found themselves down 3 runs in the eighth.  The Hens bats would explode scoring  7 runs capped of by a grand slam HR by Matt Van Der Bosch to make the game 12-8.  Van Der Bosch would finish the night 3-5 with a HR, 4 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  5 other Mudhens had multiple hits in the game as well.

Sunday the Rocherster Royals visited Miesville with the Hens outlasting the Royals in another offensive contest.  Miesville had the lead all game until Rochester rallied in the 7th and 8th and took their first lead of the day 8-7.  Miesville would answer right back by scoring 3 in the bottom of the inning.  Chuck Bruchu led off tripling to center field.  Following a David Vogelgesang HBP, Matt Van Der Bosch hit a game tying double.  Alex Lashomb thit the go ahead sac fly to score Vogelgesang from 3rd.  Van Der Bosch then stole 3rd which allowed Tyler Beaulieu to knock him in with a sac fly.  Vogelgesang pitched a scoreless 9th to secure the save.  Van Der Bosch's hot bat continued going 2-3 with 2 RBI, 4 runs scored, and 4 stolen bases.  Bruchu and Brad Beskau had 2 hits a piece while LaShomb was 1-3 with a HR and 3 RBI.

Miesville has their biggest game of this season this Tuesday vs Elko @ 8pm in Miesville.  It's a must win for the Hens to lock up the #2 seed for the section playoffs.


Miesville Makes it 5 in a Row Going 3-0 This Week

Miesville has now won 5 straight sweeping this weeks contests against Austin, Randolph, and Hastings.  In the 3 games the Mudhens outscored their opponents 29-11 and continue to pitch well and play great defense.

Wednesday, Miesville beat Austin 5-4.  Adam Moorse picked up the win while Ryan Fritze came into the 9th to earn the save.  Matt Van Der Bosch, Collin Keefe, Alax LaShomb, and Jordan McGowan all had multiple hits for the Hens including LaShomb's 3 run HR in the 5th.

Friday night was Miesville night at the Jack.  Miesville defeted Randolph 13-1 completing the season sweep.  Andrew Werner pitched a complete game striking out 12.  Colin Keefe and David Olson had multiple hits and RBI in the win.

Yesterday, the Hens completed the series sweep vs Hastings by the score of 11-6.  Alex LaShomb led the way offensively going 4-4 with an RBI while David Olson added 3 RBI himself.  Charles Bruchu, Colin Keefe, and Jordan McGowan had multiple hits as well.  Erik Olson Picked ups his 4th win of the season and Adam Moorse pitched the final 3 innings to complete the win.

Miesville will host River Falls Tuesday night at 8pm, travel to Dundas Wednesday @ 7:30pm, back home on Friday vs Stockmans @ 8pm, and will host Rochester on Sunday @ 2pm.


Make-up Game With Elko Announced

Miesville will make-up their postponed game with Elko on Tuesday, July 23rd @ 8pm in Miesville.


Miesville Picks Up 2 Section Wins Over the Holiday Weekend.

Miesville traveled to Red Wing and Northfield and walked away with a 8-5 and a 14-0 victories respectively. 

On the annual 4th of July contest, Miesville defeated Red Wing 8-5 on a solid pitching proformance by Erik Olson who almost pitched a complete game going 8.2 innings, giving up 5 runs, with 1 walk, and 5 K's.  David Vogelgesang came in for the last out, picking up the save on a 3 pitch strikeout.

David Olson was 2-4 offensively for Miesville with 3 RBI.  David Vogelgesang was 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI while Matt Van Der Bosch was 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI as well.

Sunday the Hens visited Northfield looking for revenge from their 14-3 defeat in the early season.  Miesville dominated the whole game scoring 14 runs on 14 hits and completed the 3 hit shut out.

Andrew Werner picked up the win for the Hens throwing a complete game (7 inn) and only allowed 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4.  Werner is now 4-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.85.

Colin Keefe, Alex LaShomb, and David Vogelgesang all had big days at the plate for Miesville.  Keefe was 2-3 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI.  LaShomb was 3-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored and 2 RBI.  Vogelgesang was 1-2 with a 3 run HR and finished with 4 RBI.  Aaron Stein and Brad Beskau would add multiple hits for the Hens as well.

Miesville will be hosting Austin (Wed 8pm), Randolph (Friday 8pm, Miesville Night), and Hastings (Sunday 2pm) for home games this week.


Wild Seventh Inning Brings Miesville Win

(Republican Eagle Article via: Chris Harrel)

MIESVILLE – All was quiet for six innings Tuesday night between Miesville and the Minneapolis Angels at Jack Ruhr Field.

The two teams combined for six hits and two runs in the opening six frames before the game erupted with 10 runs scored in the seventh inning.

After the Angels scored five runs on three hits and three errors by the Mudhens, Miesville responded with five of its own and held on for a 7-5 victory.

“We have to work on putting together an entire game,” Mudhens manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. “It feels like every game we have that inning when it blows up. The guys showed resilience tonight. It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it.”

Miesville (8-3) nearly ruined an impressive start by Erik Olson. Olson did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and gave up one earned run (five total) on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He had seven strikeouts, heavily featuring his curveball.

“I felt pretty good,” Olson said. “I hadn’t pitched in a while. My job is just to throw strikes and give us a chance. They bailed me out with those runs in the seventh.”

Olson’s best work came with runners in scoring position as he stranded seven runners on base, five in scoring position.

“I just know that I’ve got to make better pitches when guys are on base,” Olson said. “I don’t try to throw harder. I take a deep breath and slow everything down.”

The Mudhens’ top two hitters in the order, Charles Bruchu and David Vogelgesang, were also their best hitters in Tuesday’s win. Bruchu went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored while Vogelgesang finished 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and three RBI.

Spencer Ingaldson was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to lead Minneapolis. Tyler Johnson went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.

Kirby Morsching started on the mound for the Angels and kept Miesville uncomfortable at the plate in the early innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on just two hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the first six innings. But Morsching received a no-decision, throwing 6 1/3 innings and giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits.

“He was mixing pitches well,” Van Der Bosch said. “He had a nice little curveball that was his out pitch. It took us a little while to establish a plan against him. I’d like to see that happen a little sooner.”

Miesville took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as Matt Hanse was hit by a pitch with one out and Bruchu walked. Vogelgesang brought in the first run with a single and Bruchu crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice as Vogelgesang forced a throw while stealing second base.

In the seventh inning, Ingaldson reached on an error to start the threat. Brian Hronski followed with an infield single and after a failed bunt attempt led to an out, Tyler Ockuly walked to load the bases. Brady Johnson pinch-hit and lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield for the Angels first run and Tyler Johnson ripped a single to tie the game at 2-2. Then, the Mudhens dropped a pop-up in front of home plate that handed Minneapolis a 4-2 lead. Miesville committed another error in the next at-bat and Mike Nellessen laced an RBI single for a 5-2 lead.

But the Angels helped the Mudhens in the bottom of the inning as Jordan McGowan reached on an error to start the seventh. With one out, Bruchu walked and Vogelgesang doubled in both runners to pull Miesville within a run. A passed ball moved Vogelgesang to third base and David Olson tied the game with a bloop single to centerfield. Two batters later, David Olson scored all the way from first on a single into the gap by Alex LaShomb for a 6-5 lead. Tyler Beaulier brought home LaShomb on a double for the final tally.

Andrew Vlasak picked up the save for the Mudhens, striking out four in the final two innings.

“He shut the door and pitched awesome there,” Van Der Bosch said. “That was fun to see the pitching the way it’s come along.”

Miesville’s next game is Wednesday at home against Menomonie (Wis.). The game begins at 8 p.m.


Miesville Survives Sluggfest with Lake City

It was definitely not a good night to be a pitcher for either side in Wednesday night's game with Lake City as both teams combined for 25 runs and 33 hits with Miesville coming out on top with a 14-11 victory.

It was a back and forth game all night with both teams exchanging leads.  Miesville was down 8-6 in the bottom of the eighth when they erupted scoring 8 runs making the score 14-8.  Lake City would add 3 more runs in the ninth to end the crazy night.

Miesville used 4 pitchers in the game; Aaron Stein, Brian Meyers, Andrew Vlasak, and Eric Olson.  Vlasak was credited with the 1 inning win.

To go along with Miesville's 14 hits, the would add 14 walks and 3 hit batsmen.  Needless to say the Hens left plenty more runners on base.

The Hens have an important weekend on Section 1B match-ups with Elko, Friday @ 8pm and Dundas, Sunday @ 2pm.  Both games will be played in Miesville.


Hens Make it 4 in a Row Beating Coon Valley and Hastings Sunday and Monday

Father's Day the Hens took on Chaseburg-Coon Valley (Wi) on Dan's Bar Day.  The grand stand was packed with fans and arrived early to enjoy some free food and beer provided by Dan's Bar.

Miesville won by the score of 7-3 coming from behind scoring 2 in the 5th, 3 in the 7th, and 2 in the eighth.  Brian Meyers got his first win of the year on his first start of the year going 7 innings, scattering 7 hits, 2 runs (none earned), striking out 4 and allowing 1 walk.  Matt Hanse came in relief to secure the save.

Jordan McGowan sizzled at the plate going 4-4 with 2 runs scored.  Chuck Bruchu had a great day as well going 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Monday, Miesville visited Hastings in a make-up game from last Wed.  The Hens pitched well and played great "D" to secure the 2-1 victory.

Andrew Werner was dominant on the mound for the Hens, picking up the win and throwing a complete game.  He gave up 1 earned run while only allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 8.

The offensive hero was Colin Keefe who broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a 2 out triple, scoring Matt Van Der Bosch from first base.  Keefe ended the night 2-4 with an RBI.

Miesville will be at home for their next 6 games, starting with Lake City this Wed night @ 8pm.


Erik Olson Pitches a Complete Game as the Hens Beat Elko 6-1

Erik Olson dazzled the Elko line-up throwing a complete game giving up 1 unearned run, allowing only 3 hits, striking out 7 and not allowing a single walk.  Olson (E-O) was in control all night and cruised thru the 9 innings while not going over 100 pitches!

Miesville led the entire game, getting on the board in the first inning with an RBI single by Colin Keefe.  Miesville added single runs in the 3rd and 5th before breaking the game open with a 2 out bases loaded double by David Vogelgesang.

Offensively the Hens were led by Vogelgesang finishing the night 2-4 with 4 RBI.  Chuck Bruchu and Matt Van Der Bosch each were 2-4 scoring 4 runs between the pair.

Miesville will be at home on Sunday to host Chaseburg-Coon Valley (WI) at 2pm for Dan's Bar Day. 

Miesville will make-up their rain postponed contest from last Wed with Hastings on Monday, June 15th in Hastings at 7:30pm.


Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Today's game with the St. Paul River Pirates was rained out.  No make-up game has been scheduled. 

Miesville will be away at Hastings on Wednesday and at Elko on Friday this week.


Miesville Out Sluggs the Caps

The Hens came out on top of an offensive Friday night beating the St Paul Capitals 10-9.  Miesville was up 10-7 in the ninth but the Caps would load the bases with 2 outs.  The next batter dit a double down the right field line and with the runner trying to score from first, Jordan McGowan threw a perfect one hop to the catcher Collin Keefe to gun out the would be tying run,

Alex LaShomb led the charge offensively going 2-4 with a 3 run HR and 4 total RBI.  Matt Hanse was 3-5 with 2 RBI.  Keefe added 2 hits and Jordan McGowan added a solo HR.


Miesville's Jack Ruhr Field is the BEST Small Town Ballpark in Minnesota

For any local Mudhen follower, it comes to no surprise that Jack Ruhr Field has once again been voted as the best small town ballpark in the state of Minnesota by an on-line poll conducted by WCCO Channel 4.

Click HERE for the video.

Tonight, 6/6/2013, The WCCO Channel 4 ten o'clock news will feature a story on the "Jack".  Be sure to tune in!!!


Miesville Outlasts Red Wing on Rainy Memorial Day

It was a sloppy and wet Memorial Day annual match-up with the Red Wing Aces but Miesville came from behind to win 6-4.

Trailing 3-1 going into the 7th inning, the Hens brought 10 batters to the plate scoring 5 runs to take a 6-3 lead.  David Olson doubled with men on first and second scoring the first run.  Alex LaShomb followed with an RBI single.  After Colin Keefe walked to load the bases Jordan McGowan hit a ground ball to short and the play at the plate was thrown away scoring one with another run scoring on a fielders interference call.  David Vogelgesang followed with a bunt single to load the bases again and Andrew Werner got an RBI on a fielders choice to make the score 6-3.

Ryan Fritze picked up his second win in consecutive starts for the Hens going 7 innings giving up 1 earned run while striking out 5 with two walks.  Andrew Werner finished the game to complete the save.

David Vogelgesang finished 2-3 at the plate.  David Olson was 2-5 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Alex LaShomb added 2 RBI as well.

Miesville is now 2-1 on the young season and will host Northfield this Sunday for another Section 1B match-up with the Northfield Knights at 2pm.


Hens Open Season with a 10-2 Victory Over Lake City

Miesville won their season opener against Lake City Sunday afternoon at the Jack.  Miesville scored 2 in the second, 6 in the seventh, and 2 in the ninth to walk away with a 10-2 victory.

Rookie Mudhen Ryan Fritze got his first win of the season going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, striking out 7 and walking 1.  Erik Olson pitched 2 perfect innings and Brian Meyers pitched a perfect 9th to close out the win.

David Olson picked up right were he left off last season going 4-5 on the day with a double and 2 RBI.  Chuck Bruchu went 2-4 with 2 RBI and Andrew Werner had 2 RBI as well.

Miesville will host Cannon Falls on Sunday at 2pm and Red Wing Monday at 2pm in Miesville for a nice early season test.  We will see you there!



Finally after a long and snowy winter the boys of summer will be back in action at Jack Ruhr Stadium This Sunday, May 19th for the season and home opener for the Mudhens.  Hopefully the weather stays away.

Stay tuned for weather updates on gameday.


Old KARE 11 News Story on the Mudhens

For all of you die hard fans, we found an old news story from KARE 11 on Youtube.  Click on the link below... enjoy!

KARE 11 Mudhens Story

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