Parkston, W-C advance
WINNER -- The defending Class B Legion champs came out storming in their first game of the 2006 tournament. Courtesy of a six-run bottom of the second inning, Parkston easily disposed of Lennox 11-3 in the first round of the Class B Legion state ...
WINNER -- The defending Class B Legion champs came out storming in their first game of the 2006 tournament.
Courtesy of a six-run bottom of the second inning, Parkston easily disposed of Lennox 11-3 in the first round of the Class B Legion state tournament here at the Leahy Bowl Wednesday.
Parkston had 12 hits and no errors and Lennox had 10 hits and one error. Post 194 moves on to play Winner-Colome, which beat Groton 5-4 late Wednesday, around 7 p.m. tonight.
Parkston got a complete-game performance on the mound from left-hander Jeremy Wermers. Post 194 head coach Tyler Nolz said Wermers, last year's Class B Legion player of the year, threw great and thought his team's defense stepped up when they needed it most.
"He threw excellent today," Nolz said of Wermers. "He's been throwing great all season, but the way the defense played for him was great. He went the whole game and got a lot of ground balls and double plays."
Parkston's big offensive inning was the second. Wermers started off the rally with a two-run double and then Matt Malloy and Justin Moege followed with a pair of RBI singles to make it 4-0 off Lennox starter D.J. Kruger.
Then, an RBI double from Trevor Freudenthal and an RBI single from Dan Semmler made it 6-0.
Lennox got a run back in the top of the third to make it 6-1, but Parkston answered with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Freudenthal and a two-run single from Jared Boehmer to make it 9-1.
Lennox inched back to within 9-3 after the top of the sixth, but a two-run home run from Post 194's Semmler put Parkston up 11-3 to ice it.
For Parkston, Semmler and Freudenthal each had three hits and Malloy had three stolen bases.
"Eight of our nine starters had a hit in the game," Nolz said. "We got hit after hit in the second inning and that's what we needed to get going. I don't think there's as much pressure on us as there was last year. Most of these guys have been here before."
Of Winner-Colome, Nolz said "They threw Jared Donahue tonight and that was a big plus. They hit the ball well. It's going to be a tough task for us."
Jared Donahue had a good reputation as a solid pitcher going in the Class B Legion state tournament.
After striking out 17 batters in Winner-Colome's 5-4 win over Groton in a first-round game Wednesday, it will probably only get bigger.
With the win, Donahue and W-C move on to play Parkston at around 7 p.m. tonight in the winners' bracket of the tournament. W-C and Parkston didn't play each other during the regular season, or in spring baseball.
Donahue had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning. In all, Groton only had four hits off him and scored all four of its runs in the top of the ninth. Groton had three errors in the game and Winner had nine hits and three errors.
W-C head coach Tresh Swedlund said a few miscues in the field hurt W-C in the top of the ninth.
"Jared threw awful well and he had good control the whole game. We just had one of those innings in the ninth," Swedlund said.
Donahue only had two walks in his complete-game effort.
W-C's runs came on a two-run homer from Chris Sherman in the bottom of the fourth, a two-run single from Dane Driscoll in the fifth and an RBI double from Derek Graesser.
"It was all about our pitching tonight," Swedlund said. "We left guys at second base four times at least tonight. We can't continue to win games if that happens. We should've scored at least nine or 10 runs."
Swedlund said Bill Foote will get the start on the mound today against Parkston. Swedlund admits that Parkston may be the favorite to win the tournament.
"They look really solid," he said. "They are the team to beat. They're young, but they didn't look like it against Lennox. They're well-coached and well-disciplined."
Platte-Geddes took an early 4-0 lead, but only saw that edge go to waste as Milbank came back to win 6-5 in the first game of the day at the Leahy Bowl.
P-G had 12 hits and one error and Milbank had nine hits and two errors in the game.
P-G took its 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Milbank came back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run double to make it 4-2.
In the top of the sixth, an RBI single for P-G make it 5-2, but Milbank came back with two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-4.
Milbank tied the game on an RBI single to make it 5-5 going into the ninth. After P-G failed to score in the top of the ninth, Milbank scored the winning run on an RBI double to take the 6-5 win.
Milbank moves on to play Flandreau in the winners' bracket at 5 p.m. today. Flandreau beat Belle Fourche 9-7 in the third game of the game. Flandreau had 10 hits and two errors and Belle Fourche had 12 hits and six errors.
P-G takes on Belle Fourche in the losers' bracket at 10 a.m. today. Lennox takes on Groton around 12:30 p.m. today in the other losers' bracket game.