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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.
Both the Mitchell White and Mitchell Gold under-13 teener baseball teams are set to end their respective seasons at the Class A state tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday, in Sioux Falls. Mitchell White opens the tournament with Harrisburg at noon and Aberdeen at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, while Mitchell Gold plays Sioux Falls East Black at 5 p.m. and Watertown at 7:30 p.m. "We've had a really good season and I'm looking forward to seeing all the guys compete," Mitchell coach Tanner Swets said about both teams. "I just want to see both teams really have fun."
Hosting the South Dakota state amateur baseball tournament is nothing new for Mitchell, but the 85th rendition of the 12-day tournament will be a little extra special.
Two Mitchell-area teams will be chasing a state championship at the under-16 teeners Class A South Dakota VFW state tournament this weekend in Beresford. Wagner and Salem-Montrose-Canova both qualified for the tournament, which begins on Friday and concludes on Sunday. Wagner, the Northwest Region champion, takes on Milbank in the opening game at noon on Friday. Wagner head coach Van Spease said he doesn't know much about the Milbank team, but added his team will be focused on playing its best baseball.
ALEXANDRIA—The Alexandria Angels have been scoring runs at will this season. That's a scary thought for the rest of the Class B amateur baseball teams. The Angels have reached the state championship game each of the past four seasons and their offense has never been this good.
From a kid first playing America's Pastime to now driving across the state to watch his grandsons play the game, Dale Weber's passion for baseball hasn't wavered. And as the president of the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association for the past 30 years, Weber has been dedicated to giving back to a sport that means so much to him. Weber, who played amateur baseball from 1956 to 1976 for Delmont, Colton, Mount Vernon and Stickney, took over as president of SDABA in 1988 and is celebrating his 30th season overseeing the sport in South Dakota.