Daily Republic Sports
Three big innings propelled the Larchwood (Iowa) Diamonds into the semifinals of the State B amateur baseball tournament on Thursday at Cadwell Park. Larchwood scored four runs in the first inning, added seven in the fifth and three more in the seventh as it eliminated the Irene Cardinals 15-2 in seven innings. Larchwood will now play Garretson at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the semifinals of the tournament.
Danny Flahie lofted a fly ball into deep left-center field on Wednesday to propel the Madison Broncos to a 6-3 win over Four Corners at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Cadwell Park. In the eighth inning and the score tied at 3-3, Madison loaded the bases with two outs when Flahie smacked a 1-2 pitch from Justin Allen for the bases clearing triple. Brady Banse then pitched a 1-2-3 inning to secure the win for Madison.
WESTFIELD, Ind.—The Sioux Falls Little League baseball team remained unbeaten in its inaugural season with a 6-5 comeback win over Webb City (Mo.) on Wednesday in Westfield, Indiana. Sioux Falls (10-0) is 3-0 in the Midwest Regional tournament and will play in the championship game at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN with the winner advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sioux Falls overcame a five-run deficit after two innings to beat Webb City.
Cameron Kerkhove held the Dell Rapids Mudcats to just five hits as the Crofton (Neb.) Blue Jays advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1 at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Tuesday at Cadwell Park. Kerkhove, a pick-up player from the Menno Mad Frogs, did not record a strikeout, while allowing one unearned run with two walks in eight innings pitched. Rand Thygeson recorded the final three outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association will host a Military Night for Thursday's state tournament games at Cadwell Park. All military personnel will be admitted free of charge to attend the night session beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Dakota Wesleyan University football team was picked up No. 17 in the preseason NAIA Football Top 25 poll, which was announced on Monday. DWU recorded a 122 points in the poll and the Tigers were one of three Great Plains Athletic Conference teams selected in the Top 25. Morningside came in at No. 4 and Doane was picked No. 11. Defending national champion Saint Francis (Ind.) earned the No. 1 spot in the poll. DWU opens its season against Dakota State University on Aug. 24 in Madison.
Area basketball observers are mourning the death of a local coaching stalwart. Dan Moran, who coached boys basketball in the region for three decades, died Saturday in Sioux Falls. He was 79. A native of Woonsocket, he was most known as the head boys coach at Stickney High School for 16 years, helping lead the Raiders to the 1981 Class B state title. He had a record of 458 wins and 198 losses for his career and was inducted to both the state and national high school coaches hall of fame.
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking registration for youth soccer and football. Students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade can register for fall soccer until Aug. 15. The season begins Aug. 21. Flag football for third and fourth grade students is also open through Aug. 15, and the program will begin Aug. 28. Tackle football registration will begin Aug. 21 for players in fifth and sixth grades. The deadline to register is Aug. 22.
Five added runs in the final three inning provided the needed cushion for the Garretson Blue Jays to advance to the Class B state quarterfinals at the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament, topping Lake Norden 8-5 Sunday in the second round at Cadwell Park. Garretson, which had 16 hits in the game, held a 4-2 lead after seven innings before tacking on two more runs each in the eighth and ninth innings. Lake Norden countered with three runs in the bottom of the ninth but was sunk by five errors in the game.
BERESFORD—Wagner erupted for six runs in the first inning and downed Milbank 16-7 in the first round of the 16-under Class A state teener tournament on Friday in Beresford. Tate Wynia, Tony Bruguier and Malcolm Janis all had three hits for Wagner. Bruguier, Janis, Preston Nedved and Chance Blaha all drove in two runs. Nedved had two hits, while Blaha, Mato Perry and Jayden Aungie all had a hit. Bruguier picked up the win after striking out six batters, scattering four hits, allowing three runs (one earned) and walking two in three innings.