|Mudhens rally in 10th to beat Adrian in playoffs|
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
All season long the Minneota Mudhens had leads — only to see them disappear, without a comeback in site.
But not Wednesday night.
They picked the right time to rally and win a 10-inning game, in the opening round of the playoffs. They took a 4-3 win from Adrian, a team that had beaten them twice, and now will advance to the second round of playoffs Friday night.
"It was a good game. Anything goes when you play hard. I had a bad hamstring, but you've got to let it go," said Justin "Buddha" Greenwood.
He not only came through with a double in the 10th inning to score a run, but made a diving catch in right field with a runner on base to end the game.
After a 2-2 tie in nine, Minneota got a single by Aaron Sanow to lead off the 10th. An error in right field put him at second. Jesse Drager got line drive fair down the third base line and Tyson Sonnenburg knocked in Sanow for the go-ahead run, 3-2. Then Greenwood delivered and Sonnenburg raced around the bases and slid in safely at home for the 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the tenth Adrian scored after pitcher Tony Shaikoski started the inning with a walk and Joe Krueger singled. But Greenwood took Krueger's single to right and tossed him out at second as he tried to take one-to-many bases. With the run scoring it tightened the game at 4-3 — then Greenwood made the game-winning catch.
"A few times in that last inning," Shaikoski's heart flip-flopped as he tried to get the final out. "I was challenging myself, especially after the last time when we came down here and it was the same situation. I didn't want it to happen again. I tried to challenge them and make them put it in play," Shaikoski said.
He marveled at Greenwood's catch, laughed and said, "I knew he had it all the time."
Minneota took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on a single by Sonneburg, double by Greenwood and a single by Shaikoski. Adam Trollman also singled in that inning.
Adrian came back with a run in the fourth on three straight singles and an error and tied it in the seventh on a two-double by Jordan Kontz and a triple by Jeff Gacke.
"In playoffs, everyone starts off 0-0 and anybody can win," said Shaikoski.
Sonnenburg, who was3-5 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. "He deserved a win. He's been there all season for us," Sonneburg said about pitcher Shaikoski. "We wanted him to go home with a smile on," he said.
Shaikoski had a pair of hits and Drager was 2-5.
Shaikoski struck out four batters and walked two to pick up the win, despite allowing 13 hits.
IN OTHER first-round playoff games it was the Milroy Irish 3, Wilmont 1 and Luverne 3, Tracy 0.
Hadley led Pipestone 2-1 in the third inning when the rains came. The game will be resumed at 7:30 p.m. today at Legion Field in Marshall. Minneota will play the winner of the Hadley/Pipestone game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at either Marshall or Pipestone.