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The Miesville Mudhens opened the Class B Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament with a 1-1 record to stay alive. The Mudhens dropped the opening game 2-0 to Chaska last Saturday in Hutchinson. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning and added to it in the sixth with a run. Miesville committed four errors in the game and neither run was earned. "We just had guys out of position," Mudhens manager Matt Van Der Bosch said.
Mudhens starter Luke Rasmussen wasn't sharp and Miesville left runners on base in the middle innings, but the Mudhens did enough to win at home Sunday. Rasmussen lasted eight innings and allowed an earned run on nine hits. He struck out four and walked three. "Rasmussen didn't have his best stuff or his command, but he was effectively wild," Mudhens player/manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. Miesville scored two in the first and appeared primed to add to that lead in both the fourth and fifth innings. Sam Ryan led off the fourth with a triple, but he was stranded.
Thanks to a few strong performances by Red Wing Aces representatives, Class B won the Classic Cannon Valley League All-Star Game 12-2 against Class C. Josh Thygesen pitched the sixth and seventh innings Wednesday in Hastings while Aces teammate Aaron Johnson pitched the final two innings and struck out five. Red Wing's Steve Boldt started in right field and doubled in the first inning. He later came around to score one of Class B's three runs that inning. Miesville's David Bruchu aided the Class B team's cause by clubbing the lone home run of the game.
Jimmy Bohmbach drilled a hanging changeup over the left-field wall in the sixth inning Monday to snap a tie and lead Red Wing to a 4-3 victory over the Mudhens. With the win at the Athletic Field, the Aces ended an eight-game losing streak to their rivals from Miesville. "Getting over this hump is a huge confidence boost for us," Aces player/assistant manager Andy Gibart said. "They've owned us and now we know we can beat 'em." Red Wing's first three runs came in the first inning and two of them were unearned.
Miesville had a flawless performance Sunday afternoon in Northfield, shutting out the Knights in seven innings. The Mudhens cranked out 13 hits and played errorless baseball in the blowout win. "We just came ready to play," Miesville player/manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. Erik Olson started on the mound for the Mudhens. He went five innings and only allowed three hits. Northfield didn't record another hit after Olson exited. Van Der Bosch had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI.
The Mudhens had no trouble handling the Cubs of Minneapolis in Miesville Wednesday night. The Mudhens racked up 21 hits and were awarded a large amount of walks, according to Miesville player/manager Matt Van Der Bosch. "Their pitching just wasn't to par with what we're used to seeing," Van Der Bosch said. John Hayes recorded the win for the Mudhens on the mound, pitching three innings. Andrew Hansen collected four hits and batted in three runs for the Mudhens. David Olson and Sam Ryan each had three hits for Miesville.
Chris Olean gave up a triple to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then a bloop single over a drawn in infield as the Hawks won in walk-off fashion Saturday. That was all the Hawks needed with Mark Moriarty pitching. Mudhens player/manager Matt Van Der Bosch said he thought his team got only one hit off Moriarty and one off reliever Deryk Marks. "They pitched very well, played good defense and we didn't hit the ball," Van Der Bosch said. Erik Olson started for Miesville and scattered seven hits over six innings.
MIESVILLE -- The Mudhens scored four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to pull away from the Red Wing Aces Monday afternoon at Jack Ruhr Field for a 9-3 win. Aces starter Aaron Johnson allowed the Mudhens to load the bases with one out in the fifth, and it all started with Matt Van Der Bosch's second walk to lead off the inning. With bases loaded, a soft roller to Bryant Blahnik at shortstop turned out to be just slow enough, as runners at second and first were both safe in the attempt to turn a double play.
The Miesville Mudhens held the Randolph Railcats scoreless Saturday. Andrew Warner was the winning pitcher, throwing all nine innings. "Andrew pitched really well," said assistant manager/player Erik Olson, who had no statistics available. The Mudhens scored one in the first inning, one in third and two in the ninth for the 4-0 victory. There were no home runs or big offensive plays, Olson said. Guys scored by "just moving around."
David Olson hit a two-run home run and a three-run home run to lead Miesville to victory in its home opener Sunday. Olson also had a strong game behind the plate, according to Mudhens pitcher and assistant manager Erik Olson. "He called a good game and blocking the ball he gave pitchers confidence that they can throw a ball in the dirt and he can keep it in front of him," Olson said. Olson started and went four innings.