CANOVA -- A strong offensive effort from the Canova Gang helped the Gang close out the Cornbelt League schedule with a 7-3 win over Flandreau on Sunday.
The Gang had 14 hits, including two each from Trey Krier, Jared Miller, Trevor Oswald, Derek Miller and Tim Gassman, with Jared Miller and Oswald each driving in two runs. The win -- in a rematch of last season’s Class B state title game -- was sealed with a group effort by the Gang pitching staff. Trey Krier threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run, earning the win. Jason Miller, Gavin Gassman, Cole Gassman and Tim Gassman covered the remainder of the game with a combined one earned run over the next 5 2/3 innings.
Jake Patterson had three hits for Flandreau, while Tanner Harris and Beau Severtson posted two hits each for the Cardinals. Luke Gassman took the loss, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, five strikeouts in five innings.
Canova (20-2), which finishes the season undefeated in Cornbelt League play, awaits the start of the District 4B tournament.
Plankinton 11, South Central 2
GREGORY -- A 15-hit offensive showing, and nine runs scored between the fourth and fifth innings helped Plankinton earn a road win at South Central in Pony Hills League amateur baseball play Sunday.
For the Bankers, Tyler Waddle and Josh Engquist each had three hits in the game, including two doubles and two RBIs from Waddle. Trevor Boyd had two hits and three RBIs, and Alex Loes and Chris Hill each had two hits, while Ryan Urban knocked in a pair of Bankers runs. Engquist threw 150 pitches and struck out 13, while allowing four hits and one earned run in a complete-game effort.
The Storm (4-7) were held to four hits, with Aaron Vomacka and Tom Grove each driving in a run. Christian Schweigert was saddled with the loss for the Storm, allowing nine hits and nine runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Plankinton (14-1) will play at Kimball/White Lake at 8 p.m. Wednesday in White Lake.
Wessington Springs 8, Kimball/White Lake 6
WHITE LAKE -- Four first-inning runs helped Wessington Springs earn a road win at Kimball/White Lake in Pony Hills League amateur baseball play Sunday.
Engels Perez had two hits, a home run and three RBIs for the Owls, while Geno Katz had two runs and two hits. Terrek Butterfield and Jevon Hohn each had three hits, as the Owls rapped out 15 hits in the win. Dylan Ochsner and Coy Fastnacht each had two hits, as well. Butterfield earned the win with 7 2/3 innings pitched, allowing seven hits, four runs and striking out seven.
Brian Zeman had a home run and three RBIs for the Nationals, while Wes Kroupa added a double and a run scored.
Both teams will play in the District 3B playoffs, starting Saturday in Plankinton.
Four Corners 7, Colome 4
HAYES -- A strong pitching performance from Jeremy Hand helped Four Corners to a Pony Hills League amateur baseball victory Sunday.
Hand posted 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort, allowing seven hits and four runs. Adam Kaus, Spencer Saringar, Justin Lester and Kris Dozark each had two hits, while Saringar and Justin Allen each scored two runs.
For the Chaos (2-11), Ben Connot had three hits and knocked in a run, while Jacob Beckers had a hit and two RBIs. Dave Indahl threw seven innings in the loss, allowing 11 hits, seven runs (five earned) and striking out three. Colome will play at Chamberlain Monday to close the regular season.
Humboldt/Hartford Wood Ducks 5, Salem 3
HUMBOLDT -- The Salem offense was held in check on Sunday afternoon in Cornbelt League play, falling to the Humboldt/Hartford Wood Ducks 5-3 in amateur baseball play.
The Cubs had just three hits, and scored two of their three runs in the the first inning. Cole Cheeseman, David Novak and Brian Duxbury had RBIs, with Neugebauer, Cheeseman and Tyler Cleveland scoring runs but the Cubs (9-10) were undone by 14 strikeouts in the game.
Tyler Earls threw five strong innings to open the game for Salem, allowing five hits and one earned run. Anthony Tuschen was saddled with the loss in relief, allowing four runs (all unearned) and four hits, as the Wood Ducks pulled away with four runs in the seventh inning.
Both teams will open District 4B play in Salem this coming weekend.
Bracket for District 6B is set
WYNOT, Neb. -- The pairings for the District 6B amateur baseball tournament have been set, with eight teams converging on the host site in Wynot, Nebraska starting Thursday.
Crofton, Nebraska is the No. 1 seed, and will host Freeman in the 6 p.m. opening game on Thursday, followed by No. 4 Lesterville and No. 5 Menno at 8 p.m. Friday’s games include No. 3 Wynot against No. 6 Irene at 6 p.m., and second-seeded Tabor taking on No. 7 Scotland at 8 p.m. in the opening round.
First-round losers will play elimination games on Sunday, July 28, followed by the district semifinals on July 30. State-qualifying games will be played Aug. 1, with the last-chance game and the district championship game set for 5 and 7 p.m., respectively, on Aug. 3. Five teams will represent the district in the state tournament.