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Jenk's visit propels Beckman to quarterfinal win at state

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Tom Jenk Jr. gave the Beckman baseball team a bit of a boost. The longtime Blazers' coach, who hasn't been in the dugout this season due to a battle with a brain tumor, paid a visit to his team the day before Beckman topped Denver 7-1 to open the class 2A state baseball tournament.

“He came to practice yesterday for the first time all year," said Blazer sophomore Brock Marbach, "He said, 'I've got four rings boys, I need a fifth one to fill out my hand.' He said that. So, that would be pretty good for him.”

“He was excited man. He was firing right out of that van and he got right in the dugout. He was ready to go," said Fred Martin, Jenk's Co-Head Coach, "He was telling kids right away, this is what you've got to do, all the things, but that's TJ.”

Beckman opened the scoring as Denver's Zack Miller gave up a pair of bases loaded walks in the second inning. The Blazers began to break it open in the fourth as Mark Brown drove in a pair of runs with a base hit to right. Beckman tallied three in the frame and added two more in the sixth to advance to Thursday's semifinal match-up against Iowa City Regina.

Jackson Bennett earned the win for the Blazers giving up just one unearned run while striking out ten in six innings of work.

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