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MANKATO, Minn. -- Previously injured Vikings' quarterback Tarvaris Jackson worked with the No. 1 offense Monday at training camp, throwing a quick slant for a touchdown to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe during a scrimmage against the No. 2 defense. During a goal-line stand, Jackson fired the pass right in between Shiancoe's numbers on fourth down from the three-yard line. The defense previously held Minnesota running backs from scoring on three straight downs. Later in the scrimmage, Jackson hit a few receivers near the sideline, but he also held on to the ball too long on a couple plays.
A roughly three-hour rain delay didn't bother Menno starter Kevin Kunz. He retook the mound after the severe thunderstorm passed the Mitchell area and Cadwell Park, keeping Clear Lake scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings. Kunz gave up five runs over eight innings and the Menno Mad Frogs dropped Clear Lake 12-5 in the first round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament Saturday. "I went and sat out in the parking lot for about an hour, making sure we weren't going to get hailed on," Kunz said.
The high-powered Parkston Mudcats, who won the Sunshine League, got bounced from the state amateur tournament by scoring only one run against Flandreau Sunday. Three Flandreau pitchers combined to hold Parkston to one run on six hits, while striking out eight Mudcat batters. Flandreau scored one run in the fourth and one in the fifth off Parkston starter Mike Bowar, who pitched a complete game. "You're not going to win many games scoring one run, but you have to give credit to their pitching," Parkston manager Dave Roth said.
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.