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Parkston shortstop Cole Donahue, left, leaps to catch a throw from the catcher on a steal attempt by Madison’s Preston Nordling, right, in an opening round game of the state B Legion baseball tournament Friday in Tabor. Also pictured is Parkston’s Dylan Lehr, back. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

Legion roundup: Area teams stumble in opening round

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TABOR -- The McCook/Miner Legion baseball team was unable to get a go-ahead hit late in a 7-6 loss to Castlewood/Clear Lake in the opening game of the State B Legion Tournament at Friday at Lenard Cimpl Field in Tabor.

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Coach Derrin Miller said the team had its chances throughout the game to win.

"We just couldn't get a key hit when we needed too," Miller said. "We made a couple bad mistakes out in the field that ended up costing us."

After a quick six innings, with McCook/Miner leading 2-1, the game turned when Castlewood/Clear Lake was able to put together a four-run inning and took a 5-2 lead and knocking starting pitcher Tim Gassman out of the game after pitching 6 ⅔ innings.

McCook/Miner responded in the bottom of the seventh inning, with four runs to move back in front.

Catcher Luke Loudenburg hit an RBI triple and scored on a fielder's choice to make the game 5-4. Marshall Miller delivered a two-run ground-rule double to put McCook/Miner up 6-5 going into the eighth inning.

Two big errors in the infield cost McCook/Miner as Castlewood/Clear Lake scored two runs.

Cole Cheeseman, who went 2-for-4 with a walk, said the team responded well after falling behind in the seventh.

"It was a nice rally," said Cheeseman about the four-run seventh. "Errors really killed us when we gave up those two runs (in the bottom of the eighth)."

The game remained 7-6 going into the bottom of the ninth, when Gassman hit a one-out double for McCook/Miner. He was stranded as the tying run on third.

Castlewood/Clear Lake coach Dan Haug said both teams started to play tighter in final three innings and was happy to come away with the win.

"We got the lead, gave up the lead, battled back to take the lead. I'm just proud of their effort and for not giving up today," said Haug.

Haug said the game could have gone either way and credited McCook/Miner for a tough game.

"That's a real good team over there," Haug said. "A 7-6 game, it could have gone either way. Give both teams credit. Our kids just got one more run."

Derrin Miller said his team needs to stay focused and be prepared to win today.

"They just need to keep their heads up'" he said. "It's a double-elimination tournament. There's still a chance to come back and win it."

McCook/Miner plays Parkston at 10 a.m. today in Tabor. Castlewood/Clear Lake plays Madison at 5 p.m. today.

Madison 8, Parkston 3

TABOR -- Madison jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on its way to an 8-3 victory over Parkston in a first round game at the state B Legion baseball tournament Friday at Leonard Cimpl Field in Tabor.

Parkston committed seven errors in the game and Parkston coach Tony Kinneberg said his team will have to clean that up before the next game.

"We need to make the plays," Kinneberg said. "A lot of them were just routine plays where we should have hit the cut-off man and we didn't."

Madison was led by Preston Nordling and Jacob Giles who each had three singles. Jacob Leighton earned the win on the mound for Madison.

Jake Weber took the loss for Parkston. Zach Scott had three hits to lead Parkston.

Madison will play Castlewood/Clear Lake at 5 p.m. today and Parkston takes on McCook/Miner at 10 a.m. today in Tabor.

"We have to show up ready to play," Kinneberg said about Parkston elimination game against McCook/Miner. "We have played them this year and we know what they are all about."

Dakota Valley 10, Tabor 6

TABOR -- A six-run third inning carried Dakota Valley Post 319 beat host team Tabor 10-6 in the final opening round game of the state B Legion baseball tournament Friday.

Alex Carter-Dixon had three singles and Koby Jumps added a double and a single to lead Dakota Valley. Luke Schmitt earned the win on the mound for Post 319.

Ross Kortan took the loss for Tabor and added a double and a single. Scott Wiesler had two hits.

Dakota Valley plays Groton 30 minutes after Castlewood/Clear Lake vs. Madison today in Tabor and Piedmont plays Tabor 30 minutes after McCook/Miner vs. Parkston.

Groton 16, Piedmont 14

TABOR -- The Groton Legion baseball team beat Piedmont 16-14 in its first round game of the state B Legion baseball tournament Friday in Tabor. Groton was led by Drew Planteen, who had a triple, double and a single and Spencer Knecht, who added three hits. Mason Madsen earned the win for Groton who ended up winning the game despite being out-hit by Piedmont 18-14.

Andrew Montoya hit a home run and a double to lead Piedmont. Travis Mills took the lost for Piedmont.

Groton will play Dakota Valley 30 minutes after Castlewood/Clear Lake vs. Madison today in Tabor and Piedmont plays Tabor 30 minutes after McCook/Miner vs. Parkston.

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