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Same teams. Another one-run, extra-inning game. Another Renner Monarchs Class A championship at the Sioux Falls Brewers' expense at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Despite giving up three runs in its effort to close out the contest, Renner broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 10th inning and defeated the archrival Brewers 6-5 in the state title game Sunday at Cadwell Park.
Once again, the Alexandria Angels are Class B state champions. Playing in its fourth consecutive state championship game, Alexandria (28-0) got a stellar starting pitching performance from Tyson Gau and put together enough offense to earn a comfortable 7-1 win over Garreston on Sunday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Gau held the Blue Jays to five hits in the win and picked up five strikeouts. Alexandria won its first-ever state championship in 2013 and finished second in 2014 (Wynot, Nebraska) and 2015 (Parkston Mudcats).
Until the ninth inning Friday, it had been a rough season of baseball for Nick Bruning of the Sioux Falls Brewers. Even with a .333 batting average during the season, he has been nursing a hamstring injury and had been held hitless in four previous plate appearances in the Class A winner's bracket semifinal against archrival Renner at Cadwell Park. But Bruning picked a nice time to break through.
Another Minnesota Vikings training camp came to a close this week and with it, the clock seems to continue to run out on a longtime Upper Midwest tradition. I grew up in south-central Minnesota and lived a half-hour from Mankato. As a young Vikings fan, I looked forward to training camp. It was a chance to see the players from my favorite team up close and personal. You could see Randy Moss or Daunte Culpepper or Cris Carter standing out there. It was visual proof that Bryant McKinnie was taller than everyone else on the field or that Brad Johnson could throw a pretty good pass.
Colman won Tuesday's second-round contest at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell but both the A's and their opponent Kimball/White Lake were left wanting more. The Nationals felt they were a few chances away from a winning result, while Colman left 13 men on base in the 5-3 win at Cadwell Park, believing they could have broken the game open. So it goes in the game of baseball. "We were right there with them," said KWL manager Wes Kroupa. "It's just one of those games where if we make one or two more plays, we could be talking about a win."
CHAMBERLAIN — Nate Wolters is pretty modest about being the headliner on the billing for a youth basketball camp. But the "Nate Wolters Basketball Camp" arrived at the Chamberlain Armory near the Missouri River Monday and Wolters was the center of attention for about 150 youth basketball players ranging from grades 3 through 12.
It was a long wait for the Plankinton Bankers to get to work in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, drawing the 15th of the 16 first-round games. With the game tied late on Sunday afternoon, the Bankers didn't their chance slip away. The Bankers scored three times in the seventh inning and did so without a hit, helping Plankinton to a 7-4 win over Lake Norden at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Cadwell Park.
Nathan Hainy has always been a baseball man. That's not going to change. But after 25 years of playing amateur baseball, the Wessington Springs native is planning on dialing it back. Hainy, who is playing for Four Corners this season, is planning to retire from amateur baseball after his team's run in the Class B state tournament comes to a close.
From the words "play ball," it was all Winner/Colome Friday at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament. The Pheasants scored seven runs in two separate innings and Derek Graesser and Drew Weber combined for a no-hitter in a 18-1, five-inning win over Northville at Cadwell Park in Mitchell, advancing W/C to the second round. "We have the best lineup that I think we've ever had," said starting pitcher Derek Graesser. "The bats and the lineup to really do a lot of damage out there."
According to their players, Four Corners' amateur baseball team has a propensity for a "weird inning," where they manage to score a couple of runs in an odd way. But even by those standards, their comeback win over Tabor Friday afternoon was improbable. Down 3-0 heading into the ninth inning, Four Corners loaded the bases before the Bluebirds had two relievers hit four batters consecutively, allowing Four Corners to walk off 4-3 winners in the first-round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Cadwell Park.