Dundas brings an end to Mudcats season at state
The Dundas Dukes, a perennial state tournament entrant, ended the stay of Bemidji's Mudcats Saturday, handing the Cats a 5-1 setback at Willmar in the opening round of play.
Under the new state format, first round losers in Class B are eliminated with the eight winners returning next weekend for double elimination.
Dundas will meet Chaska or Rochester Saturday at 5 at Bird Island.
The Mudcats continued their annual problem of getting past the first round of play, blanked the past three years since Class B shifted to single elimination in the opening round.
They managed only six hits, all singles, off two Dundas hurlers and failed to score until their final turn at bat.
Right hander Charlie Ruud, a regular with the St. Paul Saints for several years, left with a three hit shutout after eight.
He fanned seven and walked none and totally shut down the Bemidji attack.
The Cats advanced only two runners to third.
Dan Bauer reached that spot in the second on a single, error and sacrifice but was thrown out at the plate on James Brubaker's bouncer to third.
Tony Klaers reached third in the fourth on a single, sacrifice and ground out but was stranded.
Fenner worked out of two early jams, aided by double plays.
But in the fourth, Brandon Rolloff reached on a two base error when his drive to deep right was dropped.
With one out, Javier Guevara cashed him with a single.
Tyler Jones doubled Guevara to third and both scored on a single by Rich Bordas.
Carson Jones walked to open the fifth, stole second and scored on Rolloff's single.
Guevara's one bagger and a walk ended Fenner's stay.
Norland relieved to get a strikeout and fly to center to end that threat and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh.
In the eighth, Bordas beat out a bunt and took second on an overthrow on the play.
He moved to third on a long fly to right and scored on Jim Bombach's sacrifice fly.
Ruud left after eight in favor of draftee Chris Olean.
He was greeted by singles from Simon Anderson and Brent Magnuson.
Klaers forced Magnuson at second but Bauer singled to plate Anderson.
With two gone, Doug Peterson walked to fill the bases and bring the tying run to the plate.
But James Brubaker went down swinging to end the game.
Bauer was the only Mudcat with two hits.
Mike Ludwig had three and Rolloff, Tyler Jones and Bordas two for the Dukes.
Dundas, a town of 200 just west of Northfield, had former BHS and BSU* star Pete Maus as a player for many seasons.
The Dukes had eight of their nine batters hitting between .313 and .444.
Ruud showed 118 strikeouts and only 15 walks in 109 innings of work this season.
The win lifted the Dukes to 40-11. Bemidji ended 22-19. Most of this year's cast is expected to return in 2011.
Fenner (5-3) Norland (5) and Brubaker
Ruud (13-2), Olean (9) and Wadzinski, Bombach (9)