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Driven Loboes working to make noise at state tourney

The Loboes are the top seed for the first time in program history.

Dylan Carlson
The Loboes' Dylan Carlson turns on a ball during LLM's game against Carrington in the Region 3 tournament on May 25, 2022.
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LAMOURE, ND—For the second consecutive season, the LaMoure/Litchville-Marion Loboes baseball team are headed to Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo for the 2022 Class B State Tournament. The Region 3 champion Loboes head into the tournament as the top seed and will face Surrey at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.

As the No. 1-seed the Loboes’ Corban Potts understands that they do have pressure as the team to beat but he said they are ready for it.

“I think we keep pushing forward and know people are gunning for us and keep working hard,” Potts said.

The Loboes (13-1) are making their fourth all-time appearance and are riding a 13-game winning streak. The Mustangs (15-4) are making their tenth all-time appearance in the state tournament and are riding a five-game winning streak.

Loboes head coach Derold Haugen said he wants his team to make sure the details are done well and expects the Mustangs to play with a ton of effort in the game.

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The Mustangs are looking for their first title since 1993. The Loboes are looking for their first title in program history.

Haugen said for his team to do well, they can’t overlook anybody.

“We take each game at a time,” Haugen said. “Every team that’s there is good, they’ve got good pitchers, they’re there for a reason. We just have to get one game at a time, if we pitch well, have good defense, we should be in the game and have a chance.”

Despite their coaches mindset, Potts said he and his teammates have to work to not look ahead and stay in the moment.

“It’s definitely really hard to do that but if you don’t win the first game and then obviously don’t win the second game,” Potts said. “You gotta win the first game and play from there, it’s all about winning the last game.”

One of the Loboes senior leaders is Potts who kept his keys to the tournament very simple.

“Hit the ball hard, make plays in the field,” Potts said.

Haugen said despite his team having a lot of experience in the tournament having made it to the championship game last year, he doesn’t expect it to give them a big advantage.

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“It’s not like it was a new experience for any of these teams, if they haven’t been there last year, they were there the year before or the year before that,” Haugen said. “It’s just like anything, everybody is eager to be there. It’s just who comes out and relaxes the best and plays their best game and goes one game at a time. I think we’ll be fine."

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