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Members of the Salem-Montrose-Canova 15-16 teener baseball team are, in back, from left to right, statistician Dennis Gassman, coach Troy Loudenburg, Kyle Tuschen, Jesse Muth, Will Gottlob, Cole Cheeseman, Anthony Tuschen, Kylar Hansen, Kohl Miller and coach Craig Cheeseman. In the middle row are Collin Cleveland, Jordan Scheier, Tim Gassman, Luke Loudenburg, Isaac Anderson, Tyler Cleveland and Bryce Roth. In front are Trevor Wilkinson, Bat Boy Will Cleveland and bat boy Jake Cheeseman. (Submitted photo)

Salem-Montrose-Canova claims Class B state varsity teener title

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Salem-Montrose-Canova claims Class B state varsity teener title
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FLANDREAU -- Salem-Montrose-Canova claimed the Class B state varsity teener championship Sunday, defeating Alexandria 13-3 in five innings in the title game.

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“We played well the whole tournament, especially Sunday,” coach Craig Cheeseman said. “Fundamentals and defense were good throughout the whole tournament. We got contributions from everyone, and I’m especially proud of how we played defensively.”

In the title game, Tim Gassman earned the win on the mound for Salem-Montrose-Canova, which finished the year 29-3. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.

As a team, Salem-Montrose-Canova had 14 hits. Luke Loudenburg was 3-for-4 with three singles, Gassman was 2-for-3 and Isaac Anderson was 2-for-4 and Jesse Muth was 2-for-2.

“Everyone in the batting order had a hit,” Cheeseman said.

Alexandria’s Tucker Kingsbury had a double and four players had one single each. Kingsbury took the loss, throwing three innings.

Salem-Montrose-Canova knocked off Eureka-Selby 9-1 in Saturday’s semifinals to earn its spot in the championship. The game started Saturday and concluded Sunday after rain showers delayed play. Salem-Montrose-Canova scored seven runs in the fourth inning and held a 9-1 lead through four innings when the game stopped.

Loudenburg earned the win, throwing all seven innings and striking out eight. He allowed three hits and four walks.

Salem-Montrose-Canova drew four walks and had six batters hit by the pitch. Anderson was 2-for-4 with two singles and three other players have one hit apiece.

Alexandria defeated Lake Norden 14-4 in six innings Saturday in the semifinals to advance to the championship. Alexandria led 4-0 after three innings and scored two more in the fourth, three in the fifth and five in the sixth.

Josh Feiner was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings, allowing five hits and striking out 12. At the plate for Alexandria, Levi Doyle was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Tanner Miller was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

Colome takes sixth place FLANDREAU -- Colome fell to Garretson 3-2 Sunday to finish sixth place at the Class B state varsity teener baseball tournament.

Drew DeMers was the losing pitcher, throwing five innings. Colome led 1-0 through four innings, but Garretson scored 2 in the fifth to tie the game. Garretson scored its final run in the sixth inning.

At the plate for Colome, Chase Hrabanek had a double and Collin Stenson and Reed Harter each had an RBI single.

To get to the fifth-place game, Colome defeated Flandreau 7-5 Saturday.

Colome’s Kelly O’Bryan pitched four innings in relief and earned the win. Hrabanek started and tossed three innings.

Colome, which scored five fifth-inning runs, was led offensively by DeMers, was 2-for-4 with a double and a single, and Harter, who was 1-for-3 with a double. The game had a 1 1/2-hour rain delay in the fifth inning. Colome finished its season 21-9.

Gregory knocked out by Garretson FLANDREAU -- Gregory led 2-0 after two innings but lost to Garretson 13-4 Saturday at the Class B state varsity teener baseball tournament.

Gregory’s Skye Soesbe took the loss after throwing four innings. Gavin Thomas threw two innings in relief. Thomas and Sean Kafka were each 2-for-3 with one run for Gregory, which finished its season 21-5. Garretson scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-2 lead.

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