The Minneota Mudhens proved why they were the top seed in the Region 9C playoffs for the first time in their 14-year history after an impressive 6-2 victory over Chokio on Sunday in Dawson.
After receiving a first-round bye, the Mudhens improved to 15-2 with the win and now face a Madison team that scored 23 runs in its first two playoff games, beating Appleton 10-0 and Ortonville 13-2. The Mudhens face Madison at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Dawson. The winner advances to the winner's bracket final at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7 in Rosen. The loser will play at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 in Rosen.
Clinton and Dumont are the other two winner's bracket semifinalists. They meet after the Minneota vs. Madison game at 1:30 p.m.
The elimination bracket will be played on Saturday, July 30 in Dawson. Rosen plays Ortonville, Benson faces Chokio, Dawson meets Cottonwood, and Appleton plays Morris.
Minneota amassed eight hits in the game, including two apiece from third baseman AJ Myhre and right fielder. Brock Buysse. Shortstop Austin Buysse rapped a two-run double. Peyton Gillund also had a double for the Mudhens.
Danny Hennen was in control the entire game, scattering nine hits. Chokio had only two hard-hard balls in the games off the veteran right-hander. Hennen walked one batter, hit another, and struck out two in the complete-game victory, his seventh of the season.
Player/manager Tyson Sonnenburg made two stellar diving catches among his six putouts in center field. The Mudhens made just one error in the game.

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