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Amateur baseball roundup: Angels win District 5 title

Alexandria third baseman Cory Marek slides to catch a foul ball against Dimock/Emery in the championship game of the District 5 amateur baseball tournament Friday at The Pond in Parkston. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

PARKSTON -- Coming into the 2014 amateur baseball season, the Alexandria Angels knew they were going to get the best shot each game from its opponents in the Sunshine League.

After finishing at the top of the league standings with one loss in the regular season, the defending Class B state champion Alexandria won the District 5 tournament with a 2-1 victory over Dimock/Emery in the title game Friday at The Pond in Parkston.

"We look forward to getting every team's best each night," Alexandria manager/catcher Chris Marek said. "When you get other team's best, you play at your best."

Coming into the championship game, Dimock/Emery manager Brad Bartscher knew his team had its hands full with Angels' starting pitcher Trever Vermeulen.

"I've said it over and over, when you face a guy like Vermeulen it's not easy," Bartscher said. "One or two mistakes and it can cost you the game."

Through the first five innings, Raptors' starting pitcher Josh Engquist stood tall and matched Vermeulen on the mound, as the game remained scoreless.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Raptors broke through when Jared Schmidt beat out a double play ball with runners on first and third and one out to drive in a runner from third base, giving Dimock/Emery the 1-0 lead.

The Angels answered in the bottom of the seventh inning. After loading the bases with one out, Alexandria tied the game on a fielder's choice.

Alexandria got a runner to third with one out in the eighth inning with Tyson Gau at the plate. Gau popped up to Dimock/Emery first baseman Phil Johnson, who was unable to make the play. Gau singled home the go-ahead run later in the at-bat.

Vermeulen shut the Raptors down in order in the ninth to secure the win and the tournament title.

Vermeulen pitched the complete game, allowing one run on three hits and struck out 10.

Engquist held Alexandria to three hits, while pitching into the eighth inning for the Raptors. Sam Pischke had a double for the Raptors, while Johnson added a single. Chris Marek finished 1-for-3 with a double for the Angels and Cole Wenande added a double.

Both teams earned a spot for the Class B state tournament starting Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

"Our confidence is really high right now and we are playing really well," Vermeulen said. "We will play to win."

Corsica/Stickney 8, Mount Vernon 7

PARKSTON -- Alex Kocer had four hits with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to lift Corsica/Stickney over Mount Vernon 8-7 Friday in a District 5 amateur baseball game.

Corsica/Stickney advances to the state tournament, which begins Wednesday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The Cardinals' season ends with the loss.

"Our players never quit and I've always been proud of that," Corsica/Stickney manager Bob Bamberg said. "That is what baseball is all about."

Kocer was the winning pitcher as he came in in relief of Luke Bamberg, who started the game and had eight strikeouts. Kocer recorded three.

Mount Vernon's Eric Giblin was the starting pitcher, but Deric Denning suffered the loss in relief.

Offensively, Branson Tolliver had a double and a single and Kris Menning added a two-RBI single in the win. Giblin recorded two singles, while Denning had a three-RBI double for the Cardinals.

Yankton 11, Mitchell Mad Dogs 4

The Mitchell Mad Dogs fell to Yankton 11-4 Friday in the first game of the regional tournament on Drake Field in Mitchell.

The winning pitcher for Yankton was Jesse Bailey, giving up three runs in seven innings. Nich Pecha took the loss, giving up six runs in six innings.

The Mad Dogs recorded 15 hits with Cody Palmer having two doubles, a single, two RBIs and scoring twice. Dylanger Pierson and Derek Miller each had three hits, while Jason Skinner added a single and two RBIs.

Yankton's Jared Miller had three hits with two doubles.

Mitchell plays the loser between Pierre and Vermillion at 2 p.m. Sunday on Drake Field.

The winner of Pierre and Vermillion plays Yankton at 5 p.m.