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Mudhens beat Marshall, 6-3, to advance

Matt Vanderbosch's bad hamstring forced Miesville to adjust its lineup in Friday's Class B state tournament opener against Marshall.

Normally the No. 3 hitter, the left-handed hitter was bumped up a spot to better take advantage of his bunting ability. While his speed may have been limited, his bat was just fine.

His two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a tie and propelled the Mudhens to a 6-3 victory. Vanderbosch stole third and scored on a bad throw to cap the game-winning rally.

"He was definitely hurt," Miesville player/manager Chris Olean said. "He was absolutely hurt, but Vandy at quarter speed is still faster than the rest of the guys we have."

Luke Rasmussen struggled with his command, but battled his way through six innings to pick up the win. Olean breezed through the final three innings to earn the save.

"I cruised," Olean said. "I went after them with a bunch of different pitches and got out of there quick."

Miesville shortstop Nate Otto finished 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, while Garrett Retka was 2-for-4 with a walk.

The Mudhens improved to 40-8 and have won 12 consecutive games. They return to action 5 p.m. next Saturday against Shakopee in Gaylord. Win or lose, they will play again that Sunday.

Olean is waiting to decide on his starting pitcher until he sees how the rest of the bracket shakes out. He's got a host of choices, including southpaws Rasmussen and draftee Andy Gibart, along with right-handers Erik Olson, Andrew Werner and himself.