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State junior teener tournament: Gregory takes third place

PLATTE -- Gregory scored 11 runs and got a complete-game effort from pitcher Evan Juracek to secure third place Sunday with a 11-3 win over Platte/Geddes at the VFW Class B junior teener state baseball tournament at American Legion Memorial Field...

Platte/Geddes shortstop Grayson Hanson throws a ball to first base to record an out during Saturday's semifinal game against Garretson at the Class B junior teener state baseball tournament in Platte. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Platte/Geddes shortstop Grayson Hanson throws a ball to first base to record an out during Saturday's semifinal game against Garretson at the Class B junior teener state baseball tournament in Platte. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

PLATTE - Gregory scored 11 runs and got a complete-game effort from pitcher Evan Juracek to secure third place Sunday with a 11-3 win over Platte/Geddes at the VFW Class B junior teener state baseball tournament at American Legion Memorial Field in Platte.

Rhoss Oliver had two hits, including a double and Juracek, Tyson Mayer and Tommy Determan each had two hits, as Gregory scored four times in the first inning and scored in all six of the innings they were at the plate. Gregory had 10 hits and capitalized on three Platte/Geddes errors and nine walks.

Platte/Geddes' Myles Kott led the offense, picking up two of his team's six hits. P/G scored two runs early but was mostly held in check by Juracek.

Gregory ends its season at 23-2, while Platte/Geddes wraps the season at 11-16. Platte/Geddes won the team sportsmanship award for their efforts during the tournament.

Baltic claims title convincingly

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PLATTE - After scoring 29 runs in its first two games, it was clear the Baltic junior teener baseball team had the offense.

After a 13-1 victory over Garretson in the title game, it was a state championship quality attack, as well.

Baltic busted open a scoreless game with three runs in the third inning, four runs in the fourth inning and six runs in the fifth inning to quickly end the game via the 10-run rule. The River Dogs had 14 hits in the game, finishing the weekend with 43 runs scored and 34 hits.

Noah Swarthout pitched a complete-game two-hitter for Baltic and Jacob Schwab had three hits, including a triple. Teammate Alex Haagenson had two hits, including a double.

Mason Hofer had a hit and a run scored for Garretson, which scored in the fifth inning. Cole Skadsen also had a hit in the losing effort.

Baltic completes its season with a 25-6 record. Garretson finishes at 14-8.

Fifth place: Clear Lake 9, Selby 3

PLATTE - Clear Lake scored seven times in the opening inning and put the game out of reach early in a win over Selby 9-3 for fifth place at the Class B junior teener tournament in Platte.

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Kellen Benck pitched a complete game for Clear Lake, while adding a double on offense. Teammate Carter Hoffman had a triple and Layton Eide had two singles for Clear Lake, who had eight hits and no errors.

For Selby, Hayden Von Wald and Wade Begeman each had doubled and singled in the contest and Adam Volk had three singles in the loss.

Clear Lake finishes the season at 19-6, while Selby finishes the year at 18-7.

Saturday's semifinals

Garretson 17, Platte/Geddes 13

PLATTE - Garretson built a 10-1 lead and then barely hung on to secure a spot in the championship Saturday, as Platte/Geddes nearly pulled off an unlikely comeback in the Class B junior teener semifinals.

Garretson was up by nine runs heading to the bottom of the fourth inning but Platte/Geddes rallied back, scoring eight runs in the inning to make it 10-9 Garretson. P/G trailed 17-10 going into their final inning at-bat and scored three more runs but couldn't complete the rally. P/G outhit Garretson 11-7 but committed four errors and walked 18 batters.

Brady Debates won the game for Garretson on the mound, while Cole Skadsen had three hits, including a double. Dominic Abraham had a triple.

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Brody Boltjes, Grayson Hanson, Hudson Ringling and Eli DeNeui each had two hits, including a double from Hanson.

Baltic 10, Gregory 0 (5 innings)

PLATTE - Baltic's Zach Hefty did not allow the potent Gregory offense to get rolling on Saturday, as he allowed just one hit in five innings of work to shut out Gregory 10-0.

Jacob Schwab had four hits for Baltic, including a double. The River Dogs had 11 hits in the win, adding four runs in the fifth inning to bring the 10-run rule into play.

Coy Determan had the only hit for Gregory in the game, coming in the first inning. Hefty retired the final 13 batters he faced in the Gregory lineup.

In Saturday's consolation games, Clear Lake defeated Onida 13-10 and Selby outscored Webster 15-12.

Gregoyr's Tyson Mayer squares up a pitch during Saturday's Class B junior teener state tournament semifinal against Baltic in Platte. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Gregoyr's Tyson Mayer squares up a pitch during Saturday's Class B junior teener state tournament semifinal against Baltic in Platte. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

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