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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.
The world of amateur baseball in South Dakota is small. With 65 teams overall and 53 of those teams are in Class B, there's not many teams to begin with. Thirty-two teams, of course, make the Class B state tournament, and 26 of those teams are making repeat trips to Mitchell. That makes for a lot of familiarity, with teams and players that have a decent idea of how the other teams play. So the question is this? How much scouting do teams do for the first game of the state tournament?
It's amateur baseball state tournament time once again in Mitchell. Here's a short look at each of the 32 Class B amateur baseball teams in the state tournament, which begins Wednesday at Cadwell Park and runs through the championship game Aug. 13. Winner/Colome Pheasants Winner/Colome made a run to the quarterfinals last season and is seeking more of a strong finish in the Sunshine League and District 5B tournament.
With a young core in place, the Mitchell High School volleyball team has aspirations of picking up on its success of last season. Over the summer, the Kernels were busy making sure that can happen.
The bracket is set for Mitchell’s beloved 12 days of baseball. The 32 Class B teams in the 85th annual South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association state tournament learned when and who they are playing at Mitchell’s Cadwell Park, as the bracket was announced late Saturday night.
When the ball is hit to the outfield, Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team hasn't had to worry much this season. The three primary outfielders—Spencer Neugebauer in left field, Jed Schmidt in center field and Carson Max in right field—has provided the team with a big advantage, with all three players boasting big arms and speed to burn. The defensive outfield play is an advantage for Mitchell heading into the Class A state Legion baseball tournament in Rapid City. Post 18 opens play at 2 p.m. today against Renner at Fitzgerald Stadium.
WINNER — A mid-count pitching change. Or two changes in an inning. A starter being pulled with an eight-run lead in the second inning. If you've watched postseason American Legion baseball in the last two weeks, those have been the types of actions taken by managers and coaches as they delicately try to balance a desire to win and advance in the postseason with a new pitch-count rule that outlines how many pitches a pitcher can throw and the necessary number of days rest.
It's been a goal for the Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team to return to the Class A state tournament for a while now. Now that Mitchell's ticket to Rapid City has been punched for the first time since 2013, the expectation is to make it a long stay. That begins Wednesday when Mitchell (26-18) takes on Renner Post 307 (34-11) in the opening round at 2 p.m. Central at Fitzgerald Stadium in Rapid City.
WINNER—On its third day at the Class B state Legion tournament, the McCook/Miner baseball team didn't wait around to score any runs. M/M, facing elimination for a second game in a row, scored five times in the first inning and took down Dell Rapids 8-4 Sunday at Leahy Bowl in Winner. The team, now 28-7, will be one of the last four remaining in the tournament on Monday, with the exact time and matchup to be determined by Sunday's games. "We scored early and that changed the game in our favor," M/M coach Marshall Miller.