After hitting a single, Adam Durfee tried to steal second. But Marshall's Jordan Kontz was in his way — and so was the ball.

Mudhens 'warm-up' goes to Marshall

The Minneota Mudhens needed a "warm-up" before their playoff-opening game on Saturday.

"It'll be two weeks since we played so we really needed this," said Manager Tyson Sonnenburg.

A 2-0 game suddenly went to 7-0 the fifth and seventh innings when the Mudhens third pitcher, Tommy Fischer struggled with his control.

After the game, Sonnenburg assured his team the Mudhens were in a good spot in the tournament, opening with Dumont and probably getting the top-ranked team the Morris Eagles in the first weekend.

"We just need to win three games to make state," Sonnenburg said. "We've done that before so we know we can do it," he added.

The Mudhens used four pitchers: Danny Hennen, Henry Pesch, Fischer and Preston Nuy. All pitched well except Fisher, who couldn't locate his pitches and walked six batters in two-plus innings.

The bottom of the Minneota order came up strong as both Jesse Drager and Brock Buysse had a pair of hits. Both had a single and a double. Jordan Beck, Adam Durfee, Austin Buysse and Danny Hennen each had a single.

They finally got their run in the eighth when Brock Buysse scored on a wild pitch.

Otherwise, Marshall, led by Coach Justin (Buddah) Greenwood, scored one in the first on a Derek Branson double and that would be all they would need.

Their second run came in the fourth when Derek Schlangen doubled to score Travis McGlauflin.

The rest of Marshall's runs were all products of Fischer's wildness. Schlangen had a pair of hits and leadoff hitter Nate Hoeft, the Concordia Moorhead shortstop, used his speed to get a pair of hits and two runs batted in.

Minneota overall is 11-10 on the year. They play at 5 p.m. Saturday in Madison against the Dumont Saints. The tournament is in Madison on Saturday and Sunday and begins at noon with the Madison Mallards playing the Montevideo Spartans. Morris plays Hancock at 2:30 p.m. and the final game of the day is Chokio vs. Clinton at 7:30 p.m.

Minneota          000 000 010 — 1 8 1

Marshall           101 300 20x — 7 7  1

WP-Travis McGauflin. LP-Danny Hennen.


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