The Chaseburg Coon Valley Blues (14-8 overall) advanced to the MVL Final Four Tournament in New Albin, Iowa, defeating the Viroqua Sox, 4-2, on Wednesday, Aug. 9; but came up short against La Crescent falling 3-2, at new Albin on Sunday, July 6. Sparta Miller went on to win the MVL League title defeating La Crescent in the championship game. The Blues also fell to the Miesville Mudhens on July 30.
La Crescent 3, CCV 2
The Blues faced off against the La Crescent Cardinals in the MVL tournament on Sunday, Aug. 6, in New Albin. Kody Larson started on the mound for CCV facing the Cardinals Evan Taylor. CCV fell 3-2 and La Crescent outhit the Blues 10-4.
The Blues took an early lead with two runs in the second inning on a pair of hits and aided by two La Crescent errors. Jeff Raasch led off the inning with a single and scored on a double by Kody Larson, 1-0. Ross Withington and Alex Robson both reached on errors, with the second error allowing Larson to score, 2-0. The Blues then let a golden opportunity pass them by when they were unable to get a key hit with bases loaded.
La Crescent came back with a single run in their half of the second and took the lead with a pair of runs in the third inning. From there the Blues defense held the Cardinals in check, keeping them away from home plate, but the CCV offense just couldn’t find any magic at bat.
For CCV: Lucas Warren and Kody Larson each had a double. Larson also recorded the loss. The Blues ended the MVL season with a record of 17-10 overall.
CCV 4, Viroqua 2
With "The Park" in Coon Valley unplayable due to extensive flood damage in July, the Blues traveled to Viroqua to play the Sox. The winner of the game advanced to the MVL Tournament.
CCV picked up the 4-2 win in a well-played and exciting game. Jake Erickson started on the mound for the Blues facing Viroqua’s Ryan Kimm.
Both teams left runners stranded on base and the Blues defense played a critical role in the last two innings of play to pick up the win.
Viroqua got on the scoreboard first, scoring a run in the second inning aided by a Ryan Herken triple, 1-0.
The Blues took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jeff Raasch and Brock Rude singled to reach base safely; Jensen Hinton singled scoring Raasch to tie the game, 1-1. Drew Tschumper singled to load the bases and Sam Prissel walked to bring in Rude, 2-1.
The Blues went up 3-1 lead in the third. Corey Geary singled, Raasch walked, Kody Larson singled to load the bases; and a sacrifice fly by Rude drove in Geary.
The Sox found life in the eighth inning loading the bases with no outs. Erickson then walked Kelly Olson to bring Viroqua within one, 3-2, Rude replaced Erickson on the mound for the Blues. Rude and the CCV defense held strong to get out of the inning.
The Blues picked up an insurance run in the eighth aided by good base running and a single by Prissel scoring Hinton, 4-2.
In the ninth, Viroqua had runners on first and second with one out, but the Blues defense held strong stopping the Sox threat. Viroqua’s Andrew Klieber hit a hard ground ball to Robson at third, who stepped on the bag for the out and threw a straight shot to first base for the game ending double play.
The Blues outhit the Sox 10-8 and Rude picked up the save.
Miesville 9, CCV 2
The Blues traveled to Miesville to face the Mudhens in their last regular season game and a match up littered with four CCV errors. Damian Wiblin started on the mound for CCV, with Andrew Werner going the distance for Miesville.
The Blues cranked out 10 hits, to the Mudhens 11, but couldn’t string them together to put runs on the board. The Blues took an early lead with a single run in the first inning. Ross Withington and Alex Robson led off with singles; Withington scored on a single by Wiblin. Miesville tied the game with a run of their own in the first and took a 2-1 lead with another run in the second.
CCV put up its only other run in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. Geary singled and Ben Faga tripled driving in Geary, 2-2. Miesville scored three times in the fifth on a three-run home run by Deryk Marks. They added a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings of CCV relief pitcher Ross Withington. Ben Levendoski replaced Withington in the eighth.
The Blues start the WBA District Tournament trail on Saturday, Aug. 12, playing the Plum City Blues in Haugen. Game time is 6 p.m.