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The rich get richer. The Miesville Mudhens went to the Class B state amateur baseball tournament in 2011, the fourth time in the last five years, but expect to be even stronger this season. "I do expect to get back to state," Miesville manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. "Not saying that we're going to walk through anybody, I just feel that's my expectation to get there again." A team that finished 32-10 last year will welcome three new players at the top of their respective college teams: Chuck Bruchu, a senior at second-ranked Division III University of St.