Twin brothers to play baseball together

Published 8:52 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Albert Lea catcher Connor Kortan slides into second base earlier this season at Hayek Field. -- Andrew Dyrdal/Albert Lea Tribune

A set of twin brothers and teammates will continue their athletic careers together next year at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D.

Carter and Conner Kortan, who wrestled and played baseball for the Albert Lea Tigers, committed to play baseball for the Mount Marty Lancers, according to a press release issued by the school.

The Kortan’s older brother, Logan, already plays for Mount Marty.

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“Carter and Connor have strong ties to the program,” Lancers coach Andy Bernatow said. “I am happy to have them continue their athletic and academic careers here at Mount Marty.”

Bernatow said Carter will help add depth to the Lancers’ middle infield and should fight for varsity time in the near future. He said Connor will be thrown into a positional battle right away after the graduation of a three-year starting catcher.

Connor was the starting catcher for the Tigers this past season, helping the team to a 16-6 record and second-place finish in the Big Nine Conference. Carter missed the entire baseball season recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the wrestling season.

Carter and Connor are the sons of Jack and Susan Kortan. Carter plans on majoring in education at Mount Marty, and Connor plans on majoring in nursing.