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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.
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.