Experienced Post 183 set for Legion tourney
TABOR—Two months after winning the Class B baseball state high school championship, Tabor Post 183 is vying for a Class B Legion title.
After Bon Homme/Scotland went 13-4 and won the high school crown, Tabor carried the momentum over to the Legion season.
"I think a lot of it carried over," Tabor coach Gary Kortan said. "A big part of baseball is mental and once you have success, you feed off of that and we're still feeding off of it."
Tabor plays McCook/Miner at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament at American Legion Field in Redfield.
Post 183 enters the Class B Legion tourney with a 19-4 mark and is riding a seven-game winning streak.
"It definitely made a big difference for us," Tabor's Bryce Scieszinski added about the title-run experience. "We were definitely a lot more confident through some of the games and we knew we could always come back and beat anyone if we put our mind to it."
Scieszinski has pitched 32 1/3 innings, has a 1.948 ERA and had struck out 42 batters this season. Mace Merkwan (1.567 ERA/18 strikeouts) and Tanner VanDriel (1.246 ERA/44 strikeouts) has also stepped up in the absence of Christian Uecker.
"Uecker is battling some arm problems," Kortan said. "So we miss him but the two guys we threw at the end (of the Legion regional) in Merkwan and Bryce are as good as it gets and we're going to be rested for the weekend and give it a shot to win things."
The experienced pitching staff should help when it comes to the 105-pitch count limit.
"We're going to go into with a plan but sometimes the plan doesn't always work out and sometimes you've got to make adjustments," Kortan said. "So we're going to be ready for that. We're just going to compete. This group of kids just loves to compete and they're going to do what they've got to do to win the game."
Offensively, Post 183 receives production from a number of bats. Josh Schmidt has a team-high .450 batting average, while Scieszinski has belted a team-highs in home runs (7) and RBIs (41).
"We're really aggressive on the base paths and at the plate," Scieszinski said. "So we're going to force the action with teams and make teams make errors and hopefully move guys around."