Mounds View baseball enjoyed a grand final day of the season Saturday, picking up two victories and the consolation championship at the state tournament.
The Mustangs, coached by Mark Downey, beat Eden Prairie 11-6 and Hopkins 9-2, both at Northwestern University in Roseville, and finished the season 20-7 with fifth place at in Class 4A at state.
They regrouped after their 9-6 loss to East Ridge in the first round Friday.
Robert Hogan blasted a home run in each game, giving him three in the state tournament, on the heels of three in the section tournament. He had just one in the regular season, but finished the season with seven homers and 34 RBI’s.
In nine state trips, Mounds View two championships, one third-place finish and now three consolation titles, and a 13-9 record.
Mustangs 11, Eden Prairie 6
Each team blasted three home runs, but Mounds View’s three brought six runs and Eden Prairie’s were all solos.
Hogan hit a three-run homer, and got the win with a three-inning relief stint. Jack Hentges belted a two-run shot that broke a 5-5 tie. John Solfest had a solo.
Solfest pitched four innings, allowing five runs, striking out seven. Hogan struck out seven of the nine outs while allowing one run. They were backed by errorless defense. Solfest, in left field, made a diving catch of a shallow fly ball for the third out in the sixth with two runners on base.
Brett Bateman was 3-for-4 (two doubles, three runs, RBI). Jonah Sparks 2-for-4 (two runs), Hogan 1-for-2 (also a sac fly and four RBIs), Ian Bahn 1-for-3 (two RBIs), Hentges 1-for-3 and Matt Herold 1-for-3 (triple).
Eden Prairie’s solo shots came from Joey Danielson, Jordan Amundson and Grant Randle. Pitchers were Brandt Thompson (who took the loss), Spencer Puett and Jack Clawson.
Mustangs 9, Hopkins 2
The Mustangs clouted two more homers, by Hogan and Ike Mezzenga, giving them six in the state tournament and 14 for the season.
Ben Rosin, a sophomore who pitched only 16 innings previously, was the Mustang starter. He went six innings, allowing two runs, three hits and two walks, picking up his third win against no losses. Alec Wahlin closed it out.
Mezzenga had three hits and three RBIs, Herold two hits and two RBIs, Solfest two hits and two runs, Hogan two hits, and Sparks two RBIs.