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On a night that looked to be anything but good baseball weather, Bob Young still showed up for his shift at Cadwell Park. Thursday's damp, chilly evening brought a small crowd to the state amateur baseball tournament, but Young wasn't there to watch.
When Clearfield capitalized on three sixth-inning errors to take a one-run lead, Irene responded in the top of the seventh and never looked back. The Cardinals retook the lead after batting 11 men and scoring five runs en route to an 11-6 win Friday at Cadwell Park. "After giving up a few errors and those runs, we just came in and tried to calm everyone down," Irene catcher Jeremy Rempp said. Clearfield took a 5-3 lead in the sixth, but Rempp led off the seventh with a double to left-center field and designated hitter Wes Robertson doubled behind Rempp to get Irene within one.
Canova starter Jared Donahue struck out 14 batters, pitched all nine innings and helped the Gang defeat Larchwood, Iowa, 4-2 Friday at Cadwell Park. The top-ranked team in Class B needed the dominant performance from the Winner native, who worked out of two late-game jams to seal the victory. In the seventh with a one-run lead, Donahue gave up back-to-back hits, which put runners on second and third. Donahue then struck out his 13th and 14th batters to end the inning. "I was pretty pumped up after that," Donahue said.
Mitchell's Brett Young and Kendall Patrick were named to the 2009 American Legion baseball all-state team. Helping Post 18 to a third-place finish at the state tournament last week, Young pitched his team to two victories in two starts, but he made the all-state team as a third baseman. The senior, who's headed to South Dakota State University next season, had a .395 batting average with 19 doubles, four homers and 75 RBIs. He went 10-for-21 at the state tournament with two homers, including a grand slam against Rapid City Post 320, and 12 RBIs.
Post 18 is the second-best baseball team in the state. There's absolutely no doubt about it. Sure, coach Luke Norden's squad didn't make the state championship game, but according to nearly everyone in Fitzgerald stadium -- everyone except Post 320 fans -- the qualifying game Sunday was the real state championship. Unfortunately, the sixth time wasn't the charm for Mitchell, which lost to Post 22 12-2 on the final day of the state tournament. Hopefully that loss isn't the memory the non-returning seniors have from the 2009 season.
RAPID CITY -- Rapid City Post 22's Kolton Emery struck out every one of Mitchell's starters at least once, helping his team end Mitchell's season on its way to Post 22's 36th state Legion championship. Mitchell fell to Post 22 Sunday at the Class A state Legion tournament 12-2 in seven innings in a qualifying game for the right to play Rapid City Post 320. Post 22 then defeated Post 320 6-2. Emery struck out 15 batters against Mitchell, including striking out the side in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
RAPID CITY -- Even though Vermillion cruised through the Class B tournament last week in Platte, Post 1 showed exactly how competitive it was in Class A. Mitchell dominated Vermillion 16-2 in its first-round game, and then in an elimination game in the first-round of the loser's bracket, Vermillion lost to offensive-powerhouse Sioux Falls West, 18-2. Ouch. Not the showing the best Class B baseball team in the state hoped to have. The last four Class B champions are a combined 1-7 in the Class A Legion tournament.
RAPID CITY - Mitchell set a new Class A state Legion tournament record with runs scored in a game Saturday, downing Rapid City Post 320, 34-5, in seven innings to set up a rematch with Rapid City Post 22 today. Post 22 defeated Watertown earlier Saturday in an elimination game, and the winner of the Mitchell versus Post 22 game will play Post 320 for the state championship at 7 p.m. MDT (8 CDT). Mitchell's offense was led by Brett Young, who hit a grand slam, got on base six out of his seven at-bats and finished the night with eight RBIs. Young also started the game for Post 18.
RAPID CITY -- Jordan Piper gave up two long home runs, 14 hits and seven runs, but pitched all nine innings while Mitchell's offense put up enough runs to give him the complete-game win. Post 18 defeated Brookings 11-7 in an elimination game Friday at the Class A state Legion baseball tournament at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City. "It was judgment day part one today, so we were ready to go," Mitchell third baseman Alex Loes said.
RAPID CITY -- One day after 10-run ruling its first opponent of the Class A state Legion tournament, Mitchell had the same pain inflicted on it. Post 18 - which had five errors in the game -- was handed its first loss in the double-elimination tournament from Rapid City Post 22 Thursday night at Fitzgerald Stadium 14-2. The loss was Mitchell's fifth loss to Post 22 this season. "Same story against these guys all year," Mitchell coach Luke Norden said.