Harrisburg handles Tabor
On Tuesday, the Harrisburg Woodies picked up right where they left off.
After knocking off perennial power Parkston in the first round on Friday, Harrisburg used the same playbook—strong starting pitching and plenty of offense—to book a spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-0 victory over Tabor at the Class B South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park.
"We struggled right away," Tabor manager Joe Vavruska said. "We didn't come to play right away and things just didn't feel right."
Part of Tabor's struggles could be attributed to Harrisburg's Drew Sweeter, a former Dakota State University player. Sweeter tossed a complete game shutout, scattering six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
"I was a little effectively wild," Sweeter said. "Mainly, I just threw my fastball but I used my changeup and curveball to keep them off-balance."
The Woodies (18-5) will face either Crofton or Dell Rapids Mudcats in the quarterfinals. It's the first time Harrisburg has reached the quarterfinals since 1984. Tabor's season ends at 13-8.
After three scoreless innings, Harrisburg put a crooked number on the scoreboard first—scoring three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Back-to-back Tabor errors helped the Woodies load the bases and Sweeter scored when Drew Andela was hit by a pitch. Brody Kunzmann scored Harrisburg's second run on a wild pitch and Brian Stoebner scored on a J.T. Miller line drive the smacked off Tabor starting pitcher Hunter Hallock's leg.
"That's huge getting a three-run inning," Sweeter said. "It takes all the pressure off of you and I know I have a great defense behind me making plays like they did tonight."
Hallock was unable to pitch after suffering an injury and finished the game after 3 2/3 innings pitched. The Chamberlain native gave up three unearned runs on three hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Tabor had a poetinal run called off in the bottom of the fifth inning when Trevor Jutting was called out at home plate for runner interference on a Chris Sutera single.
"That call at home was a momentum changer," Vavruska said. "We had a runner on second base and the heart of lineup coming up."
Harrisburg tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth inning and added one more run in the seventh inning to cruise to the win.
Sutera led the Bluebirds with two hits, while Zach Sutera, Jason Humpal, Blase Vanecek and Macon Oplinger each had one hit.
Oplinger, a pick-up player from Menno, tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up two earned runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Ross Kortan pitched two innings, allowing one earned run on two hits with one walk in two innings pitched. Trevor Jutting tossed one scoreless inning.
For Harrisburg, which had no extra-base hits, Dalton Allen and Sweeter each had two hits and two RBIs, while Miller finished with two hits.
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WP: Drew Sweeter. LP: Hunter Hallock. Pitchers: H: Drew Sweeter; T: Hunter Hallock, Macon Oplinger, Ross Kortan, Trevor Jutting. Doubles: T: Jason Humpal