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Mudhens eliminated after pair of losses

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Miesville was unable to come up with timely hitting at the Class B state tournament. It left two runners on in the ninth inning of two tight losses for the elimination. It's the first time in the last three years that Miesville hasn't advanced to the final weekend.

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"I'm not really disappointed," Miesville player/manager Chris Olean said. "We played hard. We won 40 games, and that's a lot in a short amateur season. We just didn't win when it mattered. Sometimes that happens. We still feel like we have one of the top four or five talented teams in the state. Obviously, I'd like to still be playing, but in a one-game series, sometimes the better team doesn't win.

The Mudhens put two runners on with nobody out against Shakopee, but reliever Ryan Seifert entered to shut down the threat. It resulted in a 3-2 loss on Saturday evening.

Luke Rasmussen suffered the loss, allowing three runs in the seventh inning.

Cold Spring limited the Mudhens to just two hits in Sunday's elimination game, but Miesville still brought the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth with runners at second and third and nobody out. Rick Burtzel came on to get the final three outs and end Miesville's season.

"I think guys were just trying to swing too hard," Olean said.

The Mudhens end the year with a 40-10 record.

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