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For a fifth straight year, the Alexandria Angels are headed to the Class B state amateur baseball championship game. And it took a pitching gem from ace Trever Vermeulen and scratching out a run in the middle of the night to send the state’s powerhouse back to the final.
For the first time in 39 years, the Larchwood, Iowa Diamonds will play for a South Dakota amateur baseball state baseball championship Sunday. Larchwood scored three times in the final two innings, including an RBI single from Travis Feekes to score Nick Meisinger for the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning to win 3-2 in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament semifinals Saturday at Cadwell Park. Larchwood (20-7) will face either Harrisburg or Alexandria in Sunday's Class B state championship game at 2 p.m. at Cadwell Park.
In amateur baseball, what's old is new once again. Specifically, the socks. The striped two-piece socks known as stirrups are making a bit of a comeback in big-league baseball and that has translated to the amateur game, as well. Nearly every team has at least one player wearing the old-style socks.
Aside from the switch back to wood bats, Jed Schmidt said he didn't notice much difference when the Legion baseball standout jumped to amateur baseball Friday for the Mount Vernon Mustangs. Schmidt — who had a 4-for-5 game, three RBIs and four stolen bases in an opening-round win over Redfield — is among a handful of Legion players who have adapted well to the South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park this week.
Once the hits started piling up for the Larchwood Diamonds Monday night, the runs soon followed. The Diamonds didn't record a hit until the fifth inning but simultaneously scored their first run and tallied runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, as well, to pull away for a 7-4 second-round victory over Freeman at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Cadwell Park.
One after another, the Winner/Colome Pheasants kept hitting Sunday night. And the Pheasants poured on the runs in the process. The Winner/Colome Pheasants leaned on the offense for 21 runs on 22 hits and pounded the Vermillion Greysox for a 21-8 second-round victory in seven innings Sunday night at the South Dakota State Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park.
Saturday’s first-round game between Canton and Platte at the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament presented an opportunity for two teams that had rough regular seasons. And it was Tyler Maxwell and the Aces that took full advantage at Cadwell Park. Maxwell held Platte to just five hits and Jake Roskam drove in all three runs as the Aces blanked the Killer Tomatoes 3-0.
Experience paid dividends for the Crofton Blue Jays Saturday. Crofton, the out-of-state South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament regulars who have made it a habit of making lengthy runs in the year-end event, used a four-hit shutout from veteran Scot Donner and scratched out two runs to edge a scrappy Salem club for a 2-0, first-round victory at Cadwell Park.
One bad inning didn’t sink the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday afternoon. Instead, the Mustangs answered a rough five-run fourth inning for Redfield with five of their own in the seventh and two more in the eighth to rally for a 9-7 victory over the Pheasants for a first-round win at the South Dakota Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park.
It wasn't a matter of if but a matter of when the runs would come for the Freeman Black Sox Thursday night. And as Brett Scherschligt kept the Milbank Firechiefs off the scoreboard, the Black Sox booked a spot in the second round of the South Dakota Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament with a 4-0 victory at Cadwell Park. Freeman broke through in the sixth inning when Eric Hortness singled and then Scherschligt singled to left-center field. The ball was misplayed in the alley by the center-fielder, allowing Hortness to score and put the Black Sox up 1-0.