A six-run fourth inning propelled Tabor past Beresford 8-5 at Cadwell Park at the State B amateur baseball tournament on Friday.
The Bluebirds broke the game open with six runs in fourth when it chased starter Jake Herrity out of the game.
"That was huge because we came out pretty slow, leaving a lot of runners on base the first couple of innings and then we were able to push them across and build a big lead," said Tabor's Macon Oplinger, a pick-up player from Menno. "They fought back so it was good to have that big inning."
Oplinger went 3-for-4 and scored a run. Tabor's Logan Tycz earned the win. The right-hander scattered eight hits, gave up four runs (two earned) and struck out six batters in seven innings.
"He had his stuff going," Oplinger said. "We kind of hurt him because we had some errors. That's how they scored, but he had a great game. We just have to play good 'D' next game and hit the ball."
In the bottom of the fourth, Tabor batted around the lineup and Oplinger started off the inning with a single. The Bluebirds scored on an error, two on a wild pitch, a hit by pitch and a fielder's choice. Jason Humpal also hit an RBI single.
Beresford committed four errors in the game.
"It just always comes down to the basics of making the plays you are supposed to and in the end it definitely hurt us," Beresford manager Nathan Ivarsen said. "We out-hit them 9-8, but the defense reflected the outcome of the game."
In the top of the fourth, Beresford opened up the scoring when Hunter Bergland drove in Oliver Doeden from second base with a double. Beresford got another back in the sixth when Bergland smacked an RBI single to plate Hunter Cotton.
In top of the seventh, Beresford cut into the deficit with a pair of runs to make it 6-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tabor added two insurance runs. Humpal roped a single to left field and Rob Keppen scored on a fielding error by the left fielder. Humpal when then brought home when Blase Vanecek laced a single to right field.
The winner plays Harrisburg at 5:30 p.m. at Cadwell Park on Tuesday in the second round of the tournament.
"We just have to come ready to play 'D' and hit the ball," Oplinger said.
Herrity gave up three hits, six earned runs and struck out five batters in 3 1/3 innings. Beresford finishes its season 8-13, after going 1-16 in 2016.
"I would say that was a pretty big turnout," Ivarsen said. "We can't be too ashamed of it. We competed and I feel like we served the State Line well."