Daily Republic Sports
MITCHELL — The annual South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association "Old-Timers Game" is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. The game will be played at 1 p.m., and is open to all former players 55 years and older. Players do not have to sign up in advance but are asked to be at Cadwell Park by noon. The Old-Timers Game is the first event of the 2017 South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament, which opens play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday with first-round Class B action.
PIERRE—The Mitchell Black teener baseball team took third place at the Region 2A tournament on Thursday in Pierre. Mitchell went 3-2 in the three-day tournament, beating Huron 15-3 on Tuesday, falling to eventual champion Watertown 13-3 and beating Aberdeen 16-14 on Wednesday and beating Pierre 12-7 before losing to Brookings 12-11 (13 innings) on Thursday. Throughout the tournament, Mitchell recorded 69 hits and scored 57 runs.
MADISON — Cole Cheeseman had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the fifth inning, as the Salem Cubs clinched a trip to the Class B state amateur baseball tournament with a 6-4 District 4B playoff win over Dell Rapids PBR Friday.
PARKSTON—The Dimock-Emery Raptors scored one run in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings and then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to edge Mount Vernon 7-6 in a District 5B amateur baseball game on Thursday at The Pond in Parkston. Tucker Kingsbury smacked a double to score Sam Arend, who was a courtesy runner for Doug Sudbeck, for the game-tying run. In the bottom of the 10th, Sam Pischke scored the game-winning run on a Mount Vernon error.
RAPID CITY—The Aberdeen Smittys Post 24 Legion baseball team stayed alive in the Class A state tournament by fending off a late Sioux Falls West rally and holding on for a 5-4 win in an elimination game on Thursday in Rapid City. Aberdeen jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings and added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sioux Falls West scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull within one run, but the rally ended there.
YANKTON — On Wednesday at the Class A state baseball tournament, the Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion team was too little, too late with scoring runs. On Thursday, against the Rapid City Post 22 Bullets, the runs arrived right on time for Mitchell. Post 18 scored twice in the sixth and added two more in the seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit and evade elimination in a 4-2 victory at Riverside Field in Yankton.
PARKSTON—One day after a rain delayed forced a restart, the Platte Killer Tomatoes booked their state tournament spot by earning a 9-4 win over Corsica/Stickney in a District 5B amateur baseball elimination game on Wednesday in Parkston. The game was postponed due to weather on Tuesday with Platte ahead of the Horned Frogs 4-2 after five innings.
RAPID CITY—Landon Badger went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs to power the Pierre offense in an 8-6 opening round win over Sioux Falls West at the Class A state Legion baseball tournament on Wednesday in Rapid City. Despite taking an early 6-3 lead after the first inning, Pierre saw Sioux Falls West slowly get back into the game by scoring one run in the second, fourth and fifth inning to tie the game up. Pierre responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for the win.
The Mitchell White teener baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a pair of wins over Sioux Falls West Navy on Wednesday at Drake Field in Mitchell. Mitchell won the first game 4-3 and took the second 13-7 in five innings. Jamie Payne had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game One, while Tate DeBoer had five innings pitched with five strikeouts. In Game Two, Jake Helleloid had three innings pitched, while Sage Bohn tossed two innings in the win. No other stats were available.
YANKTON—A late rally by the Mitchell Post 18 junior Legion baseball team fell one run short on Wednesday. Trailing Sioux Falls East 3-0 after five innings in the first round of the junior Legion state tournament, Mitchell scored two runs in in the final two innings but left the game-tying run on second base as Sioux Falls East held on for a 3-2 win in Yankton. "We played hard the whole game," Mitchell coach Michael Sadler said. "A couple things didn't go our way and they got some big timely hits. We never gave up and hopefully we can come back tomorrow and get a win."