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Dent catcher Marty Charest makes a throw to 1st base in an attempt to pick-off a runner leading off a little too far.

Dent takes 3rd at Babe Ruth 'In-Tact' State Tournament

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By John George

The last time the Babe Ruth 'In-Tact' State Tournament was held in Cold Spring in 2004, the Dent team won the championship. This time around, the 14-15 year-old kids from Dent made a memorable run at another title, but they settled for third place overall.

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Dent had a tough start to their tournament. After a bye in the first round, Dent lost to Hawley in the second round, 8-2.

Five errors in the third inning led to four unearned runs for Hawley and Dent left the bases loaded in three different innings.

Dent scored a run in the first inning when Ty Haverland led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Hein. The other Dent run came when Hein singled, stole second base and scored on a base hit by his older brother, Jesse Hein.

Haverland finished the game 2-for-4 and Eric Brauch was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Faced with making a run through the consolation bracket, Dent took on Breckenridge on Friday in the first of many elimination games for the team. After having the starting time pushed back four hours due to rain, Dent finally got their offense going, knocking out Breckenridge, 14-4.

Marty Charest led the Dent scoring attack, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Brauch was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and Jesse Hein was 2-for-2 and scored four runs. Chris Ruther, a draftee from Perham, earned the win on the mound for Dent.

Later in the afternoon on Friday, Dent stayed alive by knocking off Fergus Falls, 8-3.

Brauch got the win on the mound, striking out nine and walking none in going all seven innings. Haverland was 1-for-1 and scored three runs and Griffin Helmeke was 1-for-2 with a run scored for Dent.

That set up a busy Saturday for Dent if they wanted to fight their way bak to the championship round. After a three hour rain delay, Dent collected 15 hits on their way to a 5-2 win over Roseau.

Winning pitcher Jesse Hein pitched a complete game, striking out nine while scattering four hits with one walk. Charest was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Dent. Jordan Hein was 1-for-4 with two runs driven in and Ivan Nodsle was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

The win put Dent into a rematch with Hawley in a game that didn't start until 10:30 p.m. Dent earned a bit of revenge against the team that sent them into the consolation bracket, winning 14-2.

Jordan Hein and Ruther combined to pitch a three-hitter. Jesse and Jordan Hein each had a pair of hits with Jesse driving in four runs. Haverland, Gabe Pankonin and Charest each scored three runs.

Up and ready to play Sunday morning less than 11 hours after leaving the park Saturday night, Dent faced Albany in the consolation finals for the right to advance to the championship game agaisnt Cold Spring.

The two teams battled for eleven innings before Albany pulled out a 4-3 victory. Jesse Hein threw seven innings in relief of Brauch, but took the loos, allowing four hits and two runs with five strike outs. At the plate, Hein was 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and Jordan Hein was 1-for-5 with one RBI.

Dent, coached by Dan Nodsle and Tony Ellingson, finished their season with an outstanding 28-5 record.

"We gave Albany all they could handle," Nodsle said. "I asked the boys to leave everything they had to give out on the field and they did just that.

** Albany and Cold Spring faced off for the 13-15 'In-Tact' championship. The two teams are from the same district. Cold Spring won the regular season title, but Albany won the District Tournament to advance to State. Cold Spring received an automatic bid to the tournament as the host team.

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