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Mudhens win Tauer tournament

Members of the Miesville Mudhens gather to celebrate their win at the Dewey Tauer Invitational in Red Wing on Sunday.

Luke Rasmussen had a dominating performance in the championship game at the Dewey Tauer Invitational Tournament. The pitcher led Miesville to a 3-0 win over the Aces and earned himself MVP honors for the tournament.

Rasmussen pitched all nine innings for the Mudhens and only allowed one hit -- a bad hop off the bat of Aces manager Corey Tauer in the first inning. He struck out six and walked two.

"Luke pitched a great game and stayed in control throughout," Tauer said. "He spotted his fastball very well and used his changeup effectively in key situations. He is obviously developing at the University of Minnesota as he appears to be a much better pitcher than we have seen in the past."

While the Aces struggled at the plate, Miesville was able to compile 11 hits off Red Wing pitchers Josh Thygesen and Brandon LaRue. Thygesen threw five innings and gave up nine hits. He struck out two and walked one. LaRue pitched the final four innings and allowed two hits and had two strikeouts.

Pat Pohl led the Mudhens as he went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Teammate Matt Van Der Bosch was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, while David Olson finished 3-for-4.

"I like the mix of guys Miesville has in their lineup," Tauer said. "They appear to be more athletic than in recent years and can do more offensively."