MITCHELL, S.D. – A six run first inning was more than enough for the Platte Killer Tomatoes as they defeat the Aurora Aces 14-4 in eight innings to advance to Monday night’s second round.
Platte brought 10 hitters up in the first inning to take a 6-0 lead at the end of the first inning.
Hayden Kuiper, Derek Soukup and Kris Menning all had three RBI’s each. Kuiper finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Soukup was 4-for-5 and Menning has 3-for-5.
Aurora would score three runs in the top of the fifth inning to make it 7-3, but Platte would quickly respond with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to increase the lead to 10-3.
The Killer Tomatoes would score three more times in the bottom of the eighth to win by the 10-run rule. It’s the third game out of the first five of the State Tournament that has ended earlier due to the 10-run rule.
Brady Nolz threw all eight innings for the Killer Tomatoes, allowing four runs on eight hits on 92 pitches.
Platte will take on the winner of Alexandria and Wessington Springs on Monday night at 5:30 pm.