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Tyndall claims Class A state varsity teener title

Members of the Class A state champion varsity Tyndall team are, in front from left to right, Chase O’Grady, Alex Caba, Zach Sutera, Tanner VanWinkle, Hunter Young, Chase Kortan, Andrew Roland and Carter Mecham. In back are coach Rustin Roland, Duncan Stoebner, Cole Uecker, Jon Barrett, Brendan Bares, Josh Vaith, coach Kevin Vellek and head coach Gary Kortan. (Submitted photo)

HARRISBURG -- Another year, another title.

Tyndall claimed the Class A state varsity teener baseball tournament Sunday with a 12-2, mercy-rule win over Groton in a game that ended in five innings.

“This is this group of kids’ fifth straight state title,” said Gary Kortan, who has coached all five teams. “We set a goal to win it each year and the kids buy into it. They got the job done.”

Kortan said the group won two 12-and-under titles, two 13-14 Class A titles and continued the run with its first 15-16 Class A title this year. Kortan said Tyndall returns seven starters to the 15-16 squad next year.

In the championship, Hunter Young picked up the win. He started and pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out one. Zach Sutera retired all six batters he faced and had three strikeouts.

Offensively, Chase Kortan led the team in the title game with three hits, four runs scored and four stolen bases. As a team, Tyndall stole 10 bases. Cole Uecker was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Jon Barrett was 2-for-4. Tyndall, which played error-free defense, scored two in the first inning and added three in the third. The team’s biggest inning was the fourth with five runs.

Groton’s Adam Herman took the loss. As a team, Groton finished with four hits.

Saturday, Tyndall defeated Vermillion 7-2 in the semifinals to earn its spot in the championship.

Chase Kortan pitched six innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and had nine strikeouts. Uecker pitched one inning and didn’t allow a base runner.

Tyndall scored five runs in the top of the seventh to break a 2-all tied game.

“Vermillion’s pitcher pushed us to the limit more than anyone has,” coach Kortan said. “We scored four of those five runs with two outs. We always seem to struggle one game at state, and we were fortunate to get by them.”

Tyndall’s Andrew Roland had two hits, Kortan and Sutera both had one hit and two RBIs and Alex Caba had a double and two runs scored.

Tyndall finished its season 16-7.

Parkston finishes fifth HARRISBURG -- Parkston defeated Volga 9-8 to take fifth place at the Class A state varsity teener baseball tournament Sunday.

Parkston, which led 9-4 going into the seventh inning against Volga, was led by Ty Kinneberg and Eli VanRoekel, who each had two singles. Dillan Thuringer and Garret Hohn each had a two-RBI double.

Wes Genant pitched all seven innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs and had five strikeouts.

To make it to the fifth-place game, Parkston defeated Harrisburg 9-3 Saturday.

Kinneberg, Genant, Nate Gramm, Dillon Stadlman, and Hunter Jackson each had two hits. Kinneberg and Stadlman each had a double.

Kinneberg pitched all seven innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, three walks and he struck out two.

Parkston finished its season 17-12.