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Tabor’s Ross Kortan, left, celebrates the final out against Groton in the state B Legion baseball tournament Monday in Tabor. also pictured is Cole Uecker, right. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

Tabor outlasts Groton 6-5, moves to title round

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Tabor outlasts Groton 6-5, moves to title round
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

TABOR -- Tabor outlasted Groton 6-5 in an elimination game Monday in the state B Legion baseball tournament at Leonard Climpl Field in Tabor.

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The game was a rematch of last year's semifinal game in Webster, where Groton came out on top 4-1.

Tabor coach Robert Ulmer said his team was able to grind out a victory in a back-and-forth game.

"They do have resilience," said Ulmer about his team coming back to win another game in the tournament. "It seems like we always find a way to bury ourselves and then we climb back out on top. Hopefully we won't bury ourselves too deep anymore."

The winning pitcher for Tabor was Chase Kortan who pitched seven innings in the victory. Ross Kortan came in to close out the final two innings for Post 183. Ross Kortan said the team did everything it needed to do in order to pull out a win.

"We stayed composed, made the routine plays and put the ball in play," Ross Kortan said. "We got the big hit at the right time."

Tabor jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning with Scott Wieseler hitting a two-run single scoring Cole Uecker and Austin Kaul.

Groton was able to answer with one run to start the second and took a 4-3 lead after a three-run fourth inning. Groton extended its lead with another run in the fifth.

Post 183 responded with a three-run sixth to move back in front for good. Andrew Roland had a two-run single that scored Wieseler and Ross Kortan to tie the game.

Taking the loss on the mound for Groton was Mason Madson, who pitched six innings.

Ross Kortan said having experience pitching against some of the Groton players in last year's state tournament helped him close out the game.

"I just had to stay focused and throw strikes," he said. "If I could get ahead of them (in the count), I could keep them off-balance."

The last time Tabor beat Groton in a Legion baseball game was back in 1985 and Kortan said it was nice to break the tradition.

"Feels good," he said. "Got revenge on them. It was big to finally beat them."

Tabor will play Madison at 1 p.m. today at Leonard Cimpl Field in Tabor. If Tabor wins, they will play Madison, which is undefeated in the state tournament after four games, again for the title at 5 p.m.

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