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McCook/Miner wins to advance; Winner/Colome, Tabor lose

WEBSTER -- Although the McCook/Miner Legion baseball team was outhit 11-6, it edged Vermillion 6-5 in the first round of the Class B Legion state tournament Friday.

Tyler Genzlinger led M/M in hitting with three hits.

M/M jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings and held onto that until the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Vermillion cut the lead to one before tying it up in the sixth. Vermillion scored two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth.

M/M retook the lead in the top of the seventh and did not relinquish it.

M/M scored two runs in that inning as Marshall Miller scored the first on a sacrifice fly by Zach Bies. Miller led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Genzlinger single before advancing to third on a passed ball.

The second run came by another sacrifice, scoring Genzlinger.

McCook/Miner baseball coach Derrin Miller said his team's seventh inning was huge.

"Sac flies basically won the game for us," Miller said. "The game was tied at the time and we got a couple guys on second and third."

Greg Mehlbrech earned the save for M/M. He threw three innings in relief, allowing three hits and one earned run.

Marshall Miller was the winning pitcher, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings.

M/M advances to play Groton today.


WEBSTER -- The Tabor Legion team fell to Milbank 5-4 in the first round of the Class B Legion tournament.

Milbank's Tyler Boerger singled to left field to score Zachary Waletich to break a 4-all tie and win the game.

Tabor's Ross Kortan gave up the winning run and was handed the loss. He pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, three of which were earned, and giving up 11 hits. He also struck out 10.

Tabor held a comfortable 4-0 lead heading into the eighth inning. Tabor scored one run in the fourth, two runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh.

"It was an excellent game for seven innings," Tabor baseball coach Ken Ranek said. "We thought we were in the driver's seat but in the bottom of the eighth, the wheels fell off. But we have to give a lot of credit to Milbank. They came out and really hit the ball."

Leading the way for Tabor was Scott Wieseler, who finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. Wieseler singled in the top of the sixth to score Blase Vanecek, who finished the game with two hits. Tabor recorded a total of 10 hits as a team.

"Offensively, we put the bat on the ball," Ranek said. "We had base runners almost every inning, but we just couldn't make the key outs in the eighth and ninth innings."

Tabor (11-8) plays Winner/Colome at 10 a.m. today.


WEBSTER -- Tanner Fritz and Sam Naasz each had two hits for the Winner/Colome Legion team, but it wasn't enough as W/C fell to Flandreau 7-1 Friday at the Class B Legion Tournament.

Winner/Colome fell behind 4-1 in the first inning and could not recover.

Neither team put another run on the board until the bottom of the sixth when Flandreau scored two runs on two hits. Flandreau tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth.

Jacob Patterson, who started the game for Flandreau, threw eight innings. Patterson gave up one run and struck out 14 hitters.

Adam Farmer threw a complete game for Winner/Colome. Winner/Colome plays Tabor at 10 a.m. today.