Daily Republic Sports
CORSICA — Ten runs in the first inning helped Corsica-Stickney earn a Sunshine League win on Independence Day Monday, defeating rival Platte 16-7. Aided by four Killer Tomato errors, Corsica-Stickney's Nathan Blom had a three-RBI double and pitcher Aaron Groeneweg had a two-run home run to get the Horned Frogs going in the opening inning. Groeneweg pitched eight innings, allowed 11 hits, seven runs (six earned) and struck out 10. At the plate, Groeneweg was 4-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Luke Bamberg threw a scoreless ninth inning in relief.
CANOVA — Cole Gassman and Jesse Muth each had two-hit, two-RBI games for McCook/Miner to win a Legion baseball game Sunday over Garretson 8-6 in Canova. Kendall Gassman had two hits, as Canova built an early 6-1 lead and hung on for the win in seven innings. Ross Roling picked up the win, throwing four innings, allowing two earned runs, three hits and striking out four. McCook/Miner had 11 hits and won despite six errors. McCook/Miner (10-9) will play at Alexandria on Thursday. Wagner/Avon 15, Gregory 2
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mitchell Post 18 Legion team was up early Sunday morning to conclude the Rochester Firecracker Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. But the bats slept in until Mitchell scored four runs in the final two innings of regulation and added a fifth run in the eighth inning for a 5-4 win over Ottawa, Ohio, finishing the weekend with two wins and two losses. In other action for the weekend, Post 18 lost to the Rochester RedHawks 7-5 on Saturday.
FREEMAN — Austin Koch led the game off with a home run and the Tabor Bluebirds never trailed Sunday night en route to a 4-1 South Central League win at Freeman. Koch's home run capped a three-hit night that included two runs scored. Pitcher Doug Vanacek carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning and had a two-hit game for Tabor. He struck out eight and allowed one earned run. Logan Tycz's RBI triple in the fifth inning put Tabor up 4-0.
Five former greats will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame this fall, it was announced Friday. The new inductees — Strandburg native Galen Swenson, White Lake native Kevin Nowotny, former Salem teammates Keith Sabers and Everett Bradshaw and Larry Anderson of Freeman — will be honored on Saturday, Aug. 13 during semifinal day at the 2016 South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
PARKSTON — Bolstered by a triple play, Garretson picked up a non-league win against the Parkston Mudcats in amateur baseball on Friday 12-3. Garretson scored five runs in the first inning and added three more in the second inning for an early lead. In the third inning with runners at first and second with nobody out, the Blue Jays' Dustin Steckler caught a line drive at second base and stepped on the bag before firing to first baseman Sam Johnson for the triple play, ending the Mudcats threat.
ROCHESTER, Minn.—Briggs Havlik pitched a complete game two-hitter as the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team earned a 6-0 win over Tri-City Maroon (Minneapolis) in the second game of a tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. The win was a big bounce back for Post 18, which fell to Madison, Wisconsin, 12-0 in four innings in the team's first game of the tournament. "Briggs Havlik threw a great game," Post 18 head coach Luke Norden said. "He only threw 77 pitches, so it was outstanding.
LENNOX—Lennox scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to regain the lead and held on to beat McCook/Miner 5-3 in a Legion baseball game on Friday in Lennox. Lennox took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning before McCook/Miner responded with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kendall Gassman had two hits for McCook/Miner, while Ross Roling had a hit and a run scored in the loss. Cole Gassman took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on two hits with 14 strikeouts in eight innings pitched.
OMAHA, Neb. — In her final race at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Mitchell's Tevyn Waddell finished 94th in the women's 200-meter backstroke on Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Waddell finished sixth in her heat and ended with a time of 2 minutes, 18.37 seconds. "It went pretty good," Waddell said. "I definitely would've loved to see a personal-best time, but it's definitely hard to cut time at this meet because it is in the middle of the season."
DE SMET — The 33nd Annual Spirit Lake Road Race is set to take place on Monday at the Presbyterian Church in De Smet. Race times begin at 8 a.m. (4 mile), 8:30 a.m. (2 mile walk), 9 a.m. (2 mile run) and 9:30 a.m. (800-meter). The cost for the race is $4 or $11 to receive a T-shirt. For more information or to register for the race contact Dick Poppen at 605-520-3098 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .