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Platte/Geddes rallies to take two from Parkston for region title

Platte-Geddes Cole Nachtigal, right, fields a throw to second base as Parkston's Jordan McKean, left, slides in safely during the second game of the Region 4B championship on Sunday in Platte. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

PLATTE—There wasn't a shortage of runs in second game of the Region 4B Legion baseball championship.

Platte/Geddes didn't let those runs go to waste. Combining with Parkston for 23 runs, 27 hits and seven lead changes in a 12-11 win. Jarod Severson provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday in Platte, which scored Dylan Mohnen to book P/G a trip to the Class B state tournament.

"I was just hoping to put the ball in play and make them make the play," Severson said about the game-winning infield hit. "We knew we had two long games because Parkston is a good team, but we battled through."

Payton Foxley's first-inning grand slam and five strong innings pitched by Riley Hoffman forced a second championship game, as P/G earned an 11-1 win in the first contest.

Hoffman went on to earn the win on the mound in both contests. In Game Two, Hoffman allowed just one hit and had four strikeouts with two walks in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Combined with his first game win, Hoffman ended up maximizing his 120-pitch limit.

"I was throwing harder than usual because I was pretty amped up," Hoffman said. "We hit the ball well and scored more than 10 runs in both games and that really helped."

P/G head coach Jeff Kuiper said his team's starting pitching was crucial to win the 4B title, crediting Saturday's pitchers for setting his team up for Sunday.

"Riley did a heck of a job and pitching was key," said Kuiper, who added P/G is headed to the Legion tournament for the first time in more than five years. "Seth (Kirsch) did a great job sitting them down for a bit, too. With the new pitching rule, it's a challenge and fortunately we were able to bring Riley back after Thursday's game."

Trailing 4-0, P/G scored five runs, all with two outs, in the bottom of the second inning to take its first lead. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single by Tiegen Priebe.

"That big inning got us started," Kuiper said. "We got a little down and little tired but that got the spirits back up. The bottom of the order did very well."

P/G had another big inning in the bottom of the fourth inning, where the team scored four runs. Parkston added two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 11 and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra innings.

"We knew we had to make our fundamental plays and play with intensity," Parkston head coach Dillon Stadlman said. "We had a great season and I'm really proud of the team."

Priebe went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while Hoffman, Foxley, Mohnen and Severson each added two hits.

For Parkston, Brady Albrecht took the loss in relief of Nate Doering. Albrecht allowed one unearned run in two innings pitched. Doering gave up 11 earned runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts and two walks in five innings pitched.

Platte/Geddes faces Dell Rapids in the first round of the state tournament at 5 p.m. on Friday in Winner.