Clark eliminates Plankinton 4-2
By KEVIN POTTEBAUM
Despite out hitting their opponent, the Plankinton Bankers amateur baseball team fell 4-2 in the South Dakota Class B state amateur baseball tournament to the Clark Traders Sunday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
Plankinton finished the game with six hits, while the Traders tallied four.
“We didn’t take advantage with guys on base,” Plankinton manager Ryan Pryor said.
Tyler Fernau took the loss on the mound for Plankinton, going eight innings and giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits and six walks. He struck out two Clark batters.
“He did his job,” Pryor said. “He just needed to have good defense and he could have used a little more offense behind him.”
Clark got on the board early with a run in each of the first two innings, despite not recording a hit until the fourth. The Traders started the game with a walk by Brent Griffith followed by a sacrifice bunt and another groundout that moved Griffith to third. A wild pitch by Fernau allowed Griffith to score.
In the second, another leadoff walk came around to score with the help of a stolen base by Rhett Florey, who eventually scored on a groundout by Jake Esser.
“It’s not uncommon for us to put up a couple of runs without getting any hits,” Clark coach Brock Greenfield said. “We’ve done a lot of little things right all year and we find ways to manufacture runs.”
Plankinton cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the third, but a baserunning miscue early in the inning hurt the F&M Bankers chances at putting up more.
“We had trouble making routine plays all night and base running hurt us,” Pryor said.
Cody Marzahn was the winning pitcher for the Traders. He threw the entire game, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks. He retired the last 14 batters he faced, including five strikeouts in that span.
“(Marzahn) got stronger as the game went on,” Clark manager Fred Obermeier said. “He was throwing all of his pitches well and trusted his defense.”
Trailing 4-1 in the fifth inning the F&M bankers looked to be starting a rally after Chris Hill hit a double to score Billy Hamilton with one out. That would end up being the last Plankinton hitter to reach base.
Hamilton finished the game with two runs scored after going 1-for-3 at the plate. Hill was the only Plankinton player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
The F&M Bankers finish the season with a 14-13 record.
Bryce DesLauriers was the only Clark player with multiple hits. DesLauriers was 2-for-4 in the contest. Griffith finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored while Florey, a legion player added to the roster for postseason play, recorded two of the team’s five stolen bases.
Lane Hovde also finished with two stolen bases for the Traders (19-5), who advance to the third round of the state tournament to take on Tabor at 6 p.m. Thursday in Mitchell.
NOTES: Travis Gant pitched the final inning for Plankinton. He allowed just one baserunner, Havde, who reached by error. The F&M Bankers finished the night with three errors. Clark did not commit an error in the game. … Hill’s RBI double in the fifth inning was the only extra base hit of the contest.