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Make it 52 wins in the last 53 games for the Alexandria Angels. The defending Class B state champions continued their quest for a repeat by picking up a 15-7 slugfest win over the Canton Aces in the second round of the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Wednesday at Cadwell Park. The Aces (6-12), out of the State Line League, did their best to hang with the Sunshine League champions, out-hitting the Angels through seven and a half innings. But Alexandria (24-1) proved to be too much as the Angel offense scored at least one run in five different innings.
The Mitchell High School girls soccer team will be in for some changes as the 2017 season begins, but the Kernels are embracing those changes. With new head coach Bob Lemon, a longtime soccer coach in Mitchell who coached at Mitchell Christian for 15 years, at the helm, the Kernels are hoping to build off a 4-8-1 record from last season.
Heading into the 2017 season, the Mitchell High School boys soccer team knows it will be facing an uphill battle. The Kernels lost 15 players from last year's squad as 12 seniors graduated and three players moved away. Despite starting the season with a smaller team, Mitchell is still focused on improving from a one-win season a year ago. "Our numbers are less, but I think the quality is really good," Mitchell head coach Ken Novak said. "We have some really hard-working young men out here and I'm really looking forward to the season."
On Tuesday, the Harrisburg Woodies picked up right where they left off. After knocking off perennial power Parkston in the first round on Friday, Harrisburg used the same playbook—strong starting pitching and plenty of offense—to book a spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-0 victory over Tabor at the Class B South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park. "We struggled right away," Tabor manager Joe Vavruska said. "We didn't come to play right away and things just didn't feel right."
Errors and miscues dominated the second-round game between Mount Vernon and Irene on Monday night. In total, there were 10 errors between the two teams, but none were bigger than the Mustangs' error in the top of the seventh inning, which allowed Irene to score two runs and take their first lead of the night 6-5. That proved to be enough for the Cardinals as they held on for the 6-5 win at the South Dakota State Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park.
Errors and miscues dominated the second-round game between Mount Vernon and Irene on Monday night. In total, there were 10 errors between the two teams, but none were bigger than the Mustangs’ error in the top of the seventh inning, which allowed Irene to score two runs and take their first lead of the night 6-5.
With every game at the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Class B Tournament, there's always something on the line. Each team enters the 32-team, single-elimination tourney knowing it's a win-or-go-home situation. The format isn't all that common in the sport of baseball, but for South Dakota amateur baseball, it's helped the sport thrive. Since 1991, when the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association switched to a two-class format, Class B has used a single-elimination format, while the Class A event is an eight-team double-elimination tournament.
The pro-Parkston crowd at Cadwell Park stayed real quiet on Friday. That's because Harrisburg pitcher Aaron LaBrie kept the Parkston Mudcats off the scoreboard for the first seven innings as the Woodies built up a 9-0 lead. Parkston finally mustered some offense in the top of the eighth inning, scoring three runs on one hit—a Will Lutjen two-run home run—but the Woodies cruised into the second round with a 9-3 win at the Class B South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Hits were hard to come by for the Plankinton Bankers on Thursday night. But Plankinton's struggles at the plate weren't the team's only issues as Larchwood (Iowa) took advantage of five Banker errors and advanced to the second round with a 6-2 win at the Class B South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park. The Diamonds, who have qualified for the state tournament every year since 2004, were led by starting pitcher Ryan Brasser.
Not long after the rain stopped falling at Cadwell Park, the Winner/Colome Pheasants started scoring runs. A thunderstorm delayed the start of the opening game of the Class B South Dakota Amateur Baseball Tournament for 2 hours and 9 minutes, but it didn't slow the Sunshine League runner-ups from advancing to the second round. Winner/Colome jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and cruised to 8-2 win over Dell Rapids PBR on Wednesday.