Daily Republic Sports
ABERDEEN — The Mitchell Post 18 Junior Legion baseball team will start its bid for a state tournament trip Wednesday at Fossum Field in Aberdeen. Fifth-seeded Post 18 (16-18) will play the host Aberdeen (12-28) in the opening game at 10 a.m. Wednesday and regardless of the outcome, Mitchell will play against Wednesday night. If Mitchell wins, they will face top-seeded Watertown (29-5) at 4 p.m., while a loss would pit Mitchell against the loser of Renner (15-26) and Brookings (9-23) at 7 p.m. in an elimination game.
CORSICA — Plankinton busted through with 22 hits and scored 19 runs, as the Bankers won a non-league game against Corsica-Stickney on Sunday. Josh Geppert powered Plankinton in the slugfest. He went 4-for-6, drove in five runs and crushed a two-run homer in the second inning. Josh Engquist added three RBIs on 3-for-4 batting and he had two doubles. Engquist was the winning pitcher, after striking out six batters, allowed three runs (all unearned) in four innings.
PARKSTON — The District 5B amateur baseball tournament starts Thursday at The Pond in Parkston, with six of the eight Sunshine League teams in line for a trip to the Class B state tournament. Top seed Alexandria opens the tournament at 6 p.m. Thursday taking on Wagner, followed by second-seeded Winner/Colome battling Platte at 8 p.m. On Friday, No. 4 Parkston will face fifth-seeded Mount Vernon at 6 p.m., followed by Dimock/Emery and Corsica/Stickney in a game of No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, respectively.
Eric Hieb successfully defended his Mitchell City Golf Tournament title over the weekend, repeating as the champion for 2017. Hieb, the golf pro at Lakeview Golf Course and former Augustana University golfer, shot a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday on his home course and then shot a 1-over-73 on Sunday at Wild Oak Golf Course to claim the championship by four strokes, shooting 140 for the two-day tournament. Hieb, 27, also won the city championship in 2009 and 2011.
A seven-run third inning lifted Platte-Geddes 115 & 56 to a 12-4 win over Tabor in the Region 5B semifinals on Saturday in Platte. Platte-Geddes will play Parkston in the title game at 5 p.m. on Sunday in Platte. Seth Kirsch powered Platte-Geddes at the plate. He had two hits and drove in five runs. Kirsch drove in a pair of run as part of the seven runs in the third inning.
PLATTE—A walk-off error propelled Parkston Post 194 past Tabor 4-3 on Friday in the Region 4B baseball tournament in Platte. The game was tied at 3-3 with Parkston batting in the bottom of the seventh when there was an error, scoring one run. Jordan McKean went 1-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. Nathan Kucera finished 2-for-3 in the win. Alex Scott earned the win. He pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up zero runs, one hit and walking one batter.
MENNO — The Menno Mad Frogs turned 13 hits into 12 runs and defeated Tabor in a South Central League baseball game Friday 12-2 in eight innings. Tate Bruckner pitched 6 1/3 innings of relief for the win for Menno, allowing just two runs and seven hits. Josh Berndt had a double and a single, while Brad Ulmer had three singles for Menno. Tate Bruckner and Kyler Pekarek each had two singles. Tabor's Blase Vanacek took the loss, throwing five innings. Jason Humpal had a solo home run and Joe Vavruska and Rob Keppen each had two singles for the Bluebirds, who had nine hits.
LAS VEGAS — Willard Bruguier shocked the world of darts Thursday night in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old Pickstown resident, who is a police officer with the Wagner Police Department, claimed the nationally televised North American Darts Championship in come-from-behind fashion, winning 6-5 over Dave Richardson at the Tropicana Hotel and Resort. "I can't believe it, I'm ecstatic," Bruguier said following his win. "This was the goal and I'm happy to have achieved it."
Former Dakota Wesleyan University men's soccer player José Lopez has been named the new head coach, the school announced on Friday. He begins his duties immediately. The former Tiger began his coaching career as a DWU graduate assistant in 2013. He guided Tigers to their longest winning streak in program history and first winning season since 2005.
MOUNT VERNON — Chase Hetland hit a grand slam to lead the Mount Vernon Mustangs past Wagner 15-5 in a seven-inning Sunshine League amateur baseball game on Thursday in Mount Vernon. Hetland finished the game 3-for-5 with six RBIs, while Tate Deinert added three hits and Cameron Deinert, Zac Custer, Deric Denning and Jake Steffen each had two hits. Seth Cavanaugh had a double and two RBIs, while Nick Honke and Custer each added a double.