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Amateur baseball: Dundas tops Mudhens in marathon

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DUNDAS, Minn. -- It took nearly 6 1/2 hours Saturday, but Dundas defeated Miesville twice to claim the No. 1 seed coming out of the Section 1B Tournament.

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The Dukes topped the Mudhens 6-5 in 12 innings in Game 1 and won 8-6 in the nightcap (almost morningcap) to set up a matchup this Saturday with host Chaska in the first round of the 2008 Class B State Baseball Tournament. The first pitch is 5 p.m.

Miesville will follow at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Chaska against Jordan, the top seed from Section 3. All first-round games are single elimination.

Saturday's two grueling contests lasted 3:29 and 2:48, respectively, and ended just before the stroke of midnight.

"It was a long day for everybody," Miesville player/manager Chris Olean said.

Olean was visibly frustrated after the loss in Game 1 and didn't get home until after 1 a.m. following Game 2, but the night wasn't a complete waste.

The Mudhens, who picked second, were able to draft Red Wing's Jimmy Bohmbach, Northfield's Luke Rasmussen and Hastings' Adam Barta following the two games. Bohmbach and Rasmussen played key roles last year in Miesville's run to the state title and Barta is one of the most seasoned pitchers in the section and Classic Cannon Valley League. Dundas, who earned the first pick with the two victories, selected Hastings' Mark Moriarty and Red Wing's Andy Gibart and Brandon LaRue.

"The draft felt fine," Olean said Sunday. "Moriarty is one of the best pitchers available to get, but we really had our eye on Jimmy. If we had the first pick, we would've picked Jimmy either way."

Dave Johnson echoed the sentiment.

"To be honest with you, we played those two games yesterday for the rights to Jimmy Bohmbach," Johnson said, noting it was an easy selection once Moriarty was picked. "He was huge for us last year and hopefully he does the same thing for us this year. Big bat in the order."

Bohmbach earned All-State Tournament honors last year and helps solidify Miesville's defense behind the plate. Rasmussen, a lefty, and Barta give the defending state champs two more quality arms -- which they could've used Saturday.

Olean used Brian Meyers, Andrew Werner and Andy Otto in the first game before Josh Loewen, Mike Wilfahrt and Olean himself pitched in Game 2. Miesville played without Matt Van Der Bosch (hamstring) and David Olson (prior commitment) -- two of its top players. Van Der Bosch hurt his hamstring on the last play in the Section 1B playoff opener against Red Wing and lasted only two innings against Hastings in the semifinals, but said "I'll be good," by Saturday's contest against Jordan.

Otto took the loss in Game 1 Saturday, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Meyers started and carried a shutout into the eighth before the Dukes struck for two runs. The first run -- an RBI double by Brandon Rolloff -- came off Meyers, while the second came off Andrew Werner but was charged to Meyers, who lasted 7 1/3 innings. Werner tossed two innings and gave up two runs in the ninth to push it into extra innings. Miesville failed to hold 2-0 and 4-2 leads.

"I was just disappointed we weren't able to finish the game off," Olean said. "We could've won twice, but we just didn't finish."

The squads exchanged runs in the 11th before Carson Jones scored the eventual game-winner on an RBI double by Rich Bordas in the 12th. The Mudhens put two runners with no outs in the bottom of the 12th, but Ludwig induced a strikeout and two flyouts to finish the game. Ludwig picked up the win in two innings of relief, while Todd Mathison chucked 10 innings, surrendering four runs (all earned) on 10 hits.

Tony Altavilla, Evan Lucius and John Camp each had two hits for the Mudhens and Werner and Altavilla both knocked in two.

Game 2 was also back and forth, but Miesville failed to hold another lead -- 6-5 through seven innings. Dundas scored three in the top of the eighth, highlighted by Jeremy Fuchs' RBI single and Jones' two-run single.

Wilfahrt took the loss, giving up three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Loewen started and gave up a run in six innings. Olean lasted 1 1/3 and surrendered two hits.

Adam Langer won for Dundas, allowing one run in four innings of relief. Ed Hagberg started and allowed five runs in five innings.

Johnson was 3-for-5 with a RBI and Garet Retka finished 2-for-5 with three RBI.

2008 Section 1B Draft

1. DUNDAS: Mark Moriarty, Hastings

2. MIESVILLE: Jimmy Bohmbach, Red Wing

3. DUNDAS: Andy Gibart, Red Wing

4. MIESVILLE: Luke Rasmussen, Northfield

5. DUNDAS: Brandon LaRue, Red Wing

6. MIESVILLE: Adam Barta, Hastings

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