Ike Mezzenga blasted a triple and home run, and John Solfest pitched six strong innings, as Mounds View clipped Centennial 7-1 in Section 5AAAA on Wednesday evening.
The Mustangs (16-6) and Champlin Park (9-11) are the only 2-0 teams after the first two rounds at Champlin Park. They will clash Friday, 7 p.m., at CHS Field in St. Paul, for a berth in the finals. Champlin Park nipped No. 1 seed Totino-Grace 6-5 in nine innings.
Mezzenga, a left-handed batter, hit a towering triple off the left field wall in the second inning, so high that the left fielder got under it and hurt himself brushing against the fence.
That triple drove home a run, and Mezzenga belted a two-run homer, this one to high field, in fourth inning, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.
Solfest threw six innings, allowing four hits and one run. He walked three and struck out five. Ben Rosin finished.
Brett Bateman was 3-for-4 with one run in the leadoff slot. Jack Hentges was 1-for-2 with a double and RBI, plus a sacrifice bunt. Matt Herold had a sac fly.
Hunter Ault sparked the Mustangs defensively, returning at shortstop after missing two weeks with an injury. Coach Mark Downey said Ault was still not feeling 100 percent but was “outstanding” in the field, throwing out five batters.
Defensively for the Mustangs the story was Hunter Ault. Ault has been hurt the past couple of weeks, and although not 100%, he was outstanding at SS; recording 5 assists on the day.
Casey Trapp took the loss for Centennial, nicked for seven runs (five earned) in four innings. The Cougars turned three double plays behind Trapp and reliever Gabriel Koenig.