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Post 61 eliminated from tourney by Madison 12-3

McCook/Miner’s Marshall Miller, right, dives to tag Madison’s Reid Guse, middle, at third base in the state B Legion baseball tournament Monday in Tabor. Also pictured is Cole Cheeseman, left. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

TABOR -- McCook/Miner Post 61 couldn't slow down Madison as it fell 12-3 in a semifinal game at the state B Legion baseball tournament Monday at Leonard Cimpl Field in Tabor.

McCook/Miner was out-hit 16-7 in the loss that ended its season.

Post 61 coach Derrin Miller said the team had a successful season finishing with a 20-10 overall record.

"They made a lot of plays today and we didn't," Miller said. "We were pretty weak defensively tonight."

Taking the loss on the mound for McCook/Miner was Tim Gassman who pitched five innings.

Madison, which has won all four games it has played in the tournament, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and made it 4-1 going into the fifth inning. A five-run fifth inning allowed Madison to pull away to a 9-1 lead.

McCook/Miner had a chance to get back in the game in the bottom of the seventh when it loaded the bases, but the team was unable to capitalize as Madison turned a double play to end the threat.

Luke Loudenburg went 2-for-5 and Gassman added two hits to lead the way offensively for Post 61. Marshall Miller added a double for McCook/Miner.

Loudenburg said the team was disappointed with the result but was happy with the season overall.

"Madison is a great baseball team," Loudenburg said. "They out played us tonight. It was a very fun season."

Ried Guse finished 2-for-4 with a triple and a single, while Preston Nordling added a triple and single to lead Madison.

Madison will play Tabor in the championship round at 1 p.m. today. Tabor must beat Madison twice to win the state title.