PLAYOFFS 2019: Sox Fold As PL Mudcats Advance Through DRS Playoffs

By Joseph Chapman


Topher Rose, Ben Morrison and longball propel the PL Mudcats through DRS Round of the 2019 playoffs.

The PL Mudcats fought to the wire dropping a decision at New Prague that slotted them as #6 Seed in DRS round of playoffs while the top 4 finishers received a bye to Regional play. The Mudcats drew the Webster Sox, who the ‘Cats clipped for 7-6 win June 16 and a 2-1 thriller on June 19 in PL.

The Mudcats Topher Rose and 6/19 Webster losing pitcher Jarod Opsahl locked horns in what became a pitchers dual at Veterans Field in Prior Lake on Tuesday July 23. PL struck 1st in the bottom of the 4th inning with a 1 out laser ripped out of The Vet by Cole Bjorge on a 3-1 count sharply to left, a no doubter that charged the PL fan faithful.

With a 1-0 score for PL in the 7th, Jake Lehrer took a 1 out 1-1 count offering high to left cresting and carrying out beyond the fence. The moonball padded the ‘Cats lead to 2-0 after 7 frames while Rose kept the visiting Sox down posting zeros through 8 innings. Rose was tested in a dramatic top of 9 as Chaney drew a leadoff walk and both runners were safe with no outs on a Tucker bunt while Hoffman followed with a bunt to load the bases. The Sox recorded an infield fly out that scored a run and then a line drive snared by PL third baseman Alex Waterman recorded the 2nd Webster out. Rose dug deep following a walk to load up the bases then bouncing back working a strikeout from a 2-2 count and sealing the Mudcats game 1 win. Rose scattered 6 hits, while Websters Opsahl held the Mudcats to 3 hits, 2 by Bjorge and Jake Lehrers home run which held for the margin in the 2-1 playoff win.

Topher Rose Goes Complete 9 in 2-1 Mudcats Game 1 Win 7/23/19. FILE

In Game 2 in Elko VS Webster on Thursday July 25, the Mudcats sent wily Ben Morrison to the hill hoping to advance past DRS Playoffs to Region 3C with a win. The Mudcats posted lone runs in the 1st 3 innings blanking the “home” Sox until the scratch a run in the 4th and equaled the score in the 5th inning plating 2 on the Mudcats for a 3-3 score after 5 complete with the Sox facing elimination with a loss.

The ‘Cats outfielder Cole Bjorge provided what would become the margin of victory lacing an 0-2 Jeremy Wieland offering deep to right field for a home run. Morrison settled blanking the Sox for the balance of the game while the Mudcats scred 3 runs in each the top of the 8th and 9th completing the 10-3 Mudcats game and series win. Morrison scatted 7 hits pitching for PL. Longtime Black Sox standout Wieland announced his final game playing for the Sox with a move to Florida following the playoff loss.

Ben Morrison pitched a complete game win in decisive Game 2 of the 2019 DRS Playoffs on Thursday 7/25 against the Webster Black Sox. FILE PHOTO www.priorlakebaseball.COM

NEXT UP: at New Prague Memorial Park in 2019 MBA Region 3C Playoffs 100PM Sunday July 28 VS #3 seeded New Prague Orioles.

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GAME 1 BoxScore-ReplayGAME 2 BoxScore-Replay

2019 REGION 3C Playoff Bracket

DRS League MBA Webpage

PL Mudcats MBA Webpage

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