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(Kevin Pottebaum/Republic) Mitchell Gray catcher Bryce Geraets waits for the ball as Mitchell White's Spencer Neugebauer slides in safely during a baseball game Friday at Drake Field in Mitchell. The two 13-year-old Mitchell teener teams faced off in a doubleheader. Results from the games were not reported Friday.

Sports briefs: 6/9-6/10

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Sports briefs: 6/9-6/10
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Two area athletes sign to join DSU

Erika Bamsey of Howard and Tara Ronke of Bon Homme have committed to the Dakota State University track and cross country teams, it was announced Friday.


Ronke will be running cross country and distance for DSU. Her best times are in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 23 seconds and in the 1,600 run with a time of 5:29.

Bamsey will be competing in the throwing events for DSU. She is a state qualifier in the shot put and in the discus. Her best throws are 36 feet, 1 inch in the shot put and 119 feet, 4 inches in the discus.

Mitchell Black suffers two losses

ABERDEEN -- The Mitchell Black teener baseball team was swept by Aberdeen Friday in Aberdeen.

Mitchell lost the first game 10-2 and fell 8-3 in game two.

Parker Wenzel was the losing pitcher in the first game, allowing six hits and seven runs -- three were earned -- in four innings of work. He walked five and struck out five.

Mitchell had five hits, including a double and a single from Jed Schmidt.

Mitchell, which left nine runners on base, trailed 3-2 into the fourth inning, but Aberdeen scored four unearned runs to pull away.

Andrew Neugebauer relieved Wenzel and threw two innings. He gave up three runs, two of which were earned.

Josh Feiner threw all six innings in the second-game loss. He gave up 10 hits, eight runs -- seven earned -- three walks and he struck out two.

The game was tied at 3 going into the fifth inning.

Mitchell had nine hits, Schmidt had three hits including a double and Jacob Thill and Koln Thie each had an RBI.

Mitchel (4-7) plays at Brandon Valley Tuesday.

Tiger softball adds Vanessa Mendez to 2013 roster

The Dakota Wesleyan University softball team added another player to its roster, it was announced Friday.

Vanessa Mendez will join the Tigers starting in the 2013 season. Mendez is a third baseman from Monterey Park, Calif. She batted over .500 as a senior and earned all-league honors at third base in each of her four seasons in high school.

Mendez is softball coach Ed Kieff's fifth recruit from California to sign with Dakota Wesleyan for next season.

Grand slam lifts Tabor to 8-4 win

BERESFORD -- Kodi Larson's ninth-inning grand slam broke a tie and the Tabor Legion baseball team went on to beat Beresford 8-4 Friday in Beresford.

Larson struck out four in six innings on the mound and Blasé Vanecek got the win in relief, striking out five in three innings.

Ross Kortan and Jeff Honner each had three hits for Tabor. Kortan recorded three RBIs with the help of a double and a home run.

Tabor improved to 3-0 and takes on Burke at 5 p.m. Sunday in Burke.

Linebacker Ben Leber announces NFL retirement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Linebacker Ben Leber is retiring after 10 seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.

Leber announced his retirement Friday on Minneapolis radio station KFAN. In a text message to The Associated Press, Leber said "It's been a great run, lots of fun."

Leber grew up in Vermillion, and starred in college at Kansas State. He was a third-round pick of the Chargers in 2002 and spent his first four seasons in San Diego before signing as a free agent with the Vikings.

Leber spent five seasons in Minnesota and spent his final year with the Rams in 2011. He had 498 total tackles, 24 sacks and five interceptions in his career.

Parkston Mudcats pick up 7-1 win

PARKSTON -- The Parkston Mudcats improved to 10-2 after a 7-1 amateur baseball victory over Garretson Friday in Parkston.

Luke Tiesler got the win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits and one walk in seven innings. He struck out four.

Jeff Harris and Anthony Williams each recorded two hits for Parkston. Williams drove in two.

The Mudcats next game is at 7 p.m. Sunday when they take on Dimock/Emery in Parkston.

Wild Stony Brook, LSU ballgame postponed in 12th

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU hit tying home runs in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, prolonging a wild NCAA tournament game with upstart Stony Brook long enough for a downpour to postpone it until this morning, tied at 4.

Sal Intagliata's two-run homer in the second gave the Seawolves (50-12) a lead that lasted until Jacoby Jones' solo homer off reliever James Campbell tied it at 2 in the bottom of the ninth.

Stony Brook left fielder Steve Goldstein homered in the 10th, but flubbed a chance to end it when he overran Tyler Moore's two-out foul popup, giving Moore the extra swing he needed to hit his tying homer.

After Stony Brook scored on a sacrifice fly in the 11th, LSU (46-16) tied it at 4 on Mason Katz's homer.

The opener of the best-of-three super regional, will resume at 10:05, with Game 2 starting 50 minutes after the first ends.