Minneota's Beau Buysse slid into second base safely against Dumont's Mike Kill. Buysse stole the base in the first inning.

Dumont spoils Mudhen opener, 3-2

The plan was altered by Dumont.

The Minneota Mudhens planned to be in the winners bracket in Sunday's Division 9C Playoffs, but Dumont had another idea.

They defeated the Mudhens 3-2, to send Minneota to next Saturday's loser's bracket game against Hancock.

"This is just like it was a couple of years ago when we lost to Dumont by one point and had to play Hancock," said Manager Tyson Sonnenburg.

"We just didn't get timely hitting," he said.

Minneota got seven hits, "great" pitching, as the manager put it, from Danny Hennen and Henry Pesch — but just couldn't pull the trigger to bring in the nine runners they stranded on base.

And, Dumont pitchers Mason Lampe and Jay Hartman were tough customers — striking out seven Mudhens.

"This has been the story of our season," said Manager Sonnenburg — decent hitting, but few runs.

Minneota's Jesse Drager had a big double in the seventh and scored the tying run at 1-1 on a sacrifice bunt and throwing error by Lampe.

But Dumont, who had scored in the sixth on an RBI by Lampe, scored twice inthe eighth to end Hennen's day on the mound with 102 pitches thrown. Mike Kill and Hartman delivered the run-producing hits.

In the eighth, it was Drager again with a single to score Tyson Sonnenburg. The manager landed the ball right on third to get on base, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Drager's second hit of the game.

But Hartman was equal to the task and he fanned three of the final four batters to end the game.

Minneota will play Hancock at noon Saturday at Rosen.

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