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Beckman tops Kuemper 9-6, capturing another title for Jenk

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Dyersville Beckman got everything they needed in the first inning. The Blazers scored nine runs on just three hits as they'd hold on to defeat Kuemper Catholic 9-6 to give head coach Tom Jenk Jr. his fifth state title.

Jenk, who had been absent from the bench while going through a battle with a brain tumor, was in Principal Park for the first time during the week watching from the press box.

“I really miss being out there a ton,” Jenk said prior to Saturday's win, “I've been doing it for 42 years, and then all of a sudden it just stopped like that.”

While he couldn't be on the field his team played on and looked to give their coach another state championship

They opened with a monster first inning. Nate Funke's walk with the bases loaded capped a 3-0 spurt which didn't include a hit. Then they started swinging.

Riley Legrand's base hit to center on his second at-bat of the inning drove in a pair of runs for a 7-0 lead. Joel Vaske ended the big inning with a two RBI base hit in to right field for a 9-0 Beckman edge.

Beckman endured a bit of a hiccup in the fifth inning, giving up five runs as Kuemper pulled within three at 9-6..

The Blazers, however, shut it down as Legrand induced a line-out to shortstop Seamus O'Conner as Beckman captured state title number five for Tom Jenk.

“Oh it means a lot. He's always telling us he wants to finish off his hand with the rings,” said Legrand, “and now he can, so it will be awesome for him.”

“Even up 9, nothing, there was just so many scenarios that kept that thing intense,” said Fred Martin, who's taken over the head coaching duties in Jenk's absence, “It means a lot to us, we're pumped, we're excited.”

In an emotional moment after Saturday's win the Beckman players pointed at the head coach smiling down from the press box. It was a moment, the players and the head coach say they won't forget.

“I could see him smiling from the field,” said Vaske, “That was something else. That was crazy. Awesome. Just chills.”

“That means a lot to me,” Jenk said after the win, “It means they really did play the season for me. They won the whole thing, and they know how much I love to win. There's nothing better than winning.”

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