Michael Kelly hit an RBI single into left field to score Jordan Carlson with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to push Rapid City Post 22 past Sioux Falls East 3-2 in a state Legion baseball tournament game Friday night.
The matchup was the last game of Friday’s third round and pitted the final two unbeaten teams in the double-elimination tournament.
“That was just a great ballgame, both teams really competed tough and (Tyler) Jones is a bulldog on the mound. He’s a really tough competitor,” Rapid City Post 22 manager Dave Ploof said. “We got timely hitting and you want to stay in the winner’s bracket as long as you can, and that’s what we did.”
The Alexandria Legion baseball team has had quite a season.
After rolling to the Region 4B championship, coach Jerry Smith and company won the Class B state Legion championship in Lennox. That earned Alexandria a spot in this week’s state Legion baseball tournament against the best the state has to offer at the Class A level.
Like many of the Class B champs that came before them, that’s where the fairytale story ended for the Angels.
Aberdeen trounced Alexandria 15-0 in an elimination game of the state Legion baseball tournament Friday at Drake Field.
The Mitchell Legion team ended its game against Watertown rather fittingly Friday evening.
With the bases loaded and a prime chance to tie the must-win game, Watertown’s shortstop scooped up a bouncing ball and flipped it to second to end Post 18’s season.
Mitchell left 17 men on base and struck out 18 times in its elimination game against Watertown in Post 18’s final game of the state Legion baseball tournament.
Like Sioux Falls East earlier in the day, Watertown had one big inning against Mitchell to score the majority of its runs and hand Post 18 a loss.
Post 18 lost to Sioux Falls East 8-4 and Watertown 9-7 to end its season.
A rainy Thursday postponed the second round of the state Legion baseball tournament at Cadwell Park.
But while Mother Nature certainly threw the eight-team field a curveball, it may have just added more anticipation to the final three days of play. As if it was needed.
Tournament officials’ hopes are to play seven games at Cadwell Park and Drake Field when play resumes this morning at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of an elimination game between Watertown and Sioux Falls West. West was batting with two outs in the top of the third inning of a 4-4 tie when the first rains came just before 11 a.m. Thursday.
Zach London was waiting a long time for his revenge.
When he got his chance, he took full advantage.
London — who lives in Mount Vernon but plays on Mitchell’s Legion team — remembers three years ago when his teener team lost to Alexandria in the state tournament.
The come-from-behind win for Alexandria has stuck in the pit of London’s stomach for some time.
That is, until late Wednesday night, when Mitchell beat Alexandria’s Legion team in the first round of the state Legion baseball tournament 13-10.
The state Legion baseball tournament has been postponed until Friday morning.
Play will begin at 10 a.m. and all four second-round games will be shortened to seven innings.
The conclusion of the Watertown versus Sioux Falls West game will be played at Cadwell Park at 10 a.m. Aberdeen and Alexandria will play their elimination game at approximately 11 a.m. on Drake Field. Pierre and Rapid City Post 22 will play following the Watertown/Sioux Falls West game at Cadwell Park and Sioux Falls East will play Mitchell following the Pierre/Post 22 game on Cadwell Park.
Third-round games will be played immediately following the conclusion of the second round Friday. A decision will be made, depending on time, if the third-round games will be seven or nine-inning contests.
Because of the rain in the Mitchell area, the state Legion baseball tournament has been postponed until 6 p.m. at the earliest.
The field will be evaluated at 4 p.m. and the decision will be made at that time if the tournament will resume today or not.
If the rain stops and the field is able to be worked on, play will begin with the Waterown and Sioux Falls West game resuming in the third inning at Cadwell Park and the other elimination game, which pits Aberdeen aginst Alexandria, will start at 6 p.m. on Drake Field.
If play begins at 6 p.m., the two winner's bracket games would still be played tonight at Cadwell Park following the Watertown/S.F. West game.
The elimination game of the state Legion baseball tournament between Watertown and Sioux Falls West has been postponed by rain in the third inning.
The field will be evaluated at 2 p.m. and the game will start up again tentatively at 3 p.m. The game is tied at 4 with two outs in the top of the third inning.
Mitchell resident Buck Timmins has been named the 2010 recipient of the Steve Withorne Memorial Award.
The award, named after Withorne, a long-time basketball and football official, is presented in recognition of an athletic official’s outstanding contributions and dedication to helping promote the development of officials.
RAPID CITY — When it was mentioned that the Mitchell boys’ basketball team hit one of 16 3-pointers to Rapid City Central coach Mike Purcell, a smile drew across his face as if the Kernels played right into his hand.
When the same thing was said to Gary Munsen, a small, frustrated chuckle came from the Kernels’ 37-year veteran coach.
SIOUX FALLS — Winner’s press did its job on McCook Central/Montrose for the first quarter.
There were five ties in the first eight minutes and the Warriors’ 4-0 lead early in the game was the biggest of the quarter.
About two minutes into the second quarter, however, something clicked for McCook Central/Montrose.
ABERDEEN — The Tripp-Delmont/Armour boys’ basketball team proved once again something that more than a few teams have found out the hard way.
The Nighthawks can attack a zone defense.
Sixth-seeded TDA picked apart Faith’s 2-3 zone defense over and over and dominated for four quarters as it trounced the third-seeded Longhorns, 61-38, in a Class B state quarterfinal Thursday night at Wachs Arena on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen.
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