Landon Waddell allowed two hits and struck out six batters propelling third-seeded Mitchell Post 18 past seconded-seeded Rapid City Post 22, 8-2, in a winner’s bracket semifinal on Thursday night at Fitzgerald Stadium. Mitchell loaded the bases in the top of the first inning and scored the game’s first run when a wild pitch scored Seth Muth. Post 18 added three more runs in the second on a Muth RBI groundout, Dylan Soulek doubled scoring Carson Fahey and Jonah Schmidt reached on an error that also scored Soulek from second. Mitchell plated four more in the sixth to take commanding 8 to 1 lead. Muth and Soulek led Mitchell Post 18 with two hits, while Soulek added three RBI. Post 18 now plays Sioux Falls Post 15 East Friday 7:30 p.m. central time. Post 22 plays Pierre Post 8 in an elimination game today at 3:30 p.m. central time. Sioux Falls Post 15 East scored three runs in the first inning and held off the Brookings Post 74 Bandits for a 3 to 1 win. Brookings will play Harrisburg Post 45 in an elimination game at 1 p.m. central time. Harrisburg Post 45 doubled up the Rapid City Post 320 Stars 4 to 2. Jayden Wiebe’s double in the eighth inning scored a run to allow Pierre Post 8 to edge Brandon Valley Post 131 7 to 6 to remain alive in the tournament.
Mitchell White beat Huron 4 to 2 in its first game of the South Dakota Class A 13-and-under state baseball tournament in Brookings. Mitchell continues pool play today with a 2:30 p.m. game against Yankton, followed by a 10 a.m. Saturday contest against Watertown. In the Class A 14-and-under state tournament opener Thursday, Mitchell Black dropped a close 5-4 contest to Yankton in Pierre. Pool play continues for Mitchell, who will face Sioux Falls East at noon today, followed by a 6 p.m. Saturday game against Pierre.
Luke Tiesler allowed six hits and one run in nine innings, while striking out five in Mount Vernon’s 5 to 1 win over Platte to earn a spot in the Class B amateur baseball tournament on Thursday. Deric Denning and Bradley Dean recorded two hits each to lead Mount Vernon. Brady Albrecht and Cameron Deinert each drove in two runs. Owen London took the loss for Platte, allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out five.
Peyton Nash delivered four hits and six RBI to lead Dimock/Emery past Corsica-Stickney 17 to 7 Thursday night to earn a spot in the Class B amateur baseball tournament. Sam Pischke tallied three hits, while Jason Schmidt, Phil Johnson, and Sam Michels each added two hits. Schmidt, Michels, and Gene Kitchens each had two RBI. Schmidt also picked up the win on the hill for Dimock/Emery, allowing seven hits and seven runs in seven innings, while striking out nine. Nathan Blom and Caleb Crist each recorded two hits to lead Corsica/Stickney, while Ryan Buck added two RBI. Platte and Corsica-Stickney will play in a District 5B last-chance game tonight at 6 p.m. Top seed Winner/Colome and second seed Alexandria will then play in the district championship game at 8 p.m.
The Plankinton Gold Sox scored six runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to pull away from the Colome Chaos 15 to 4 for a District 3B win and earn a spot in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday. Ryland DeVries earned the win on the hill for Plankinton, giving up two runs on four hits, striking out one, and walking one in three innings. Devin Mehlhaff started the game for Plankinton, allowing two runs on three hits in six innings, while striking out three. Tye Harris and Jesse Grosdidier each had two hits for Plankinton. Grosdidier and Tom Harris had three RBI apiece, while Tye Harris and Marcus Hill added two RBI apiece. Grosdidier also stole four bases.
Madison used three runs in first inning and again in the fourth to pull away from Salem for a 7 to 4 District 4B victory on Thursday night, sending the Broncos to the Class B state tournament. Cole Cheeseman had two hits for the Cubs, while Brian Duxbury drove in a pair of runs. Salem will play Flandreau at 6 pm. Friday in another game that sends the winner to the state tournament, but a loss would not eliminate the Cubs from the district tournament. Menno outlasted District 6B No. 1 seed Lesterville 5 to 4 in 11 innings to secure a spot in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday.
The Class B Legion Baseball Tournament start Friday in Gregory. Hartford/Humboldt vs. Winner/Colome – 10 am followed by Milbank vs. Redfield. Vermillion faces Dell Rapids at 5 p.m. followed by Platte-Geddes against Gregory. The Championship is next Tuesday, August 2nd.