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Taite Klumb makes history in 14-and-under Class B state tournament

Taite Klumb broke three records in the SD VFW 14U Class B state tournament on July 23-25 in Freeman.

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Mount Vernon-Plankinton's Taite Klumb stands by the left field fence after the SD VFW Class B state tournament in Freeman. (Jeremy Waltner/Waltner Media-Freeman Courier)

FREEMAN -- Mount Vernon-Plankinton finished fifth in the South Dakota VFW 14-and-under Class B state tournament, but the story behind the entire tournament was Taite Klumb’s unreal performance.

Klumb, an Ethan native, batted 1.000, hit one home-run in each tournament game and was intentionally walked three times, all a record amongst the tournament at the 14-and-under level.

Head coach Zach Harter said Klumb has confidence radiating throughout his body right now.

“He’s always been one of those guys that’s a game changer and when a guy plays like that in a state tournament, you have to play him all the time now,” Harter said. “He’s a really good kid and a great leader and he’s going to the plate with a lot of confidence right now.”

Klumb was walked five times in 14 plate appearances in the tournament.

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“I’m not used to it yet,” Klumb said about being walked at the plate.

Harter said they made adjustments mid-season that has helped Klumb’s time at the plate.

“We stood him up tall and kind of helped get his hands through and bat head through the zone a lot quicker,” Harter said. “He just has an incredible way of getting bat speed generated at a very short amount of time.”

Throughout the season, Klumb has played either shortstop or center field in the 14-and-under and 16-and-under division.

“I don’t care which position I play, I like both,” Klumb said.

Klumb played for Ethan in the 8-and-under and 12-and-under divisions, but is now with the MVP due to Ethan not having a 14 or 16-and-under team.

With the competition playing Klumb differently when it counts, Harter said it’s just a matter of getting him more reps in practice and that will help him develop going forward.

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Mount Vernon-Plankinton's Taite Klumb stands by the dugout before his first SD VFW Class B state tournament game in Freeman. (Jeremy Waltner/Waltner Media-Freeman Courier)

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Branden is a sports reporter that graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in communications and a focus in journalism. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 and covers prep and collegiate athletics. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Full-Court Press, providing a weekly web-exclusive look at high school basketball throughout all of South Dakota. Branden can be reached at bhull@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @bhullreports.
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