Winner/Colome bashes Greysox, advances to quarters
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.
"It makes it easy for me," Winner/Colome manager Kevin Graesser said. "We hit the ball and we were aggressive. We've hit the ball all year and it carried over tonight and everyone hit, 1-through-9. That's the way it's been and we expect everyone to hit like that."
Every starter in the Pheasants' lineup had at least one hit, including four hits each from Austin Calhoon, Austin Richey and Derek Graesser. Calhoon drove in six runs, while Richey and Graesser each knocked in four. Three hits came from Reed Harter and there were two each from Dillon Lambley and Jared Donahue.
"If a pitcher is going to throw a lot of strikes, we're always looking to hit," Richey said. "Walking isn't real fun but when you scatter a few of those in there, we have enough good hitters 1-through-9 it makes it fun when a guy is going to throw it in there and we get on and start swinging."
Winner/Colome (17-8) got to it early, with Calhoon doubling down the right-field line to score Reed Harter and Derek Graesser and Dillon Lambley had a sac fly two batters later to make it 3-0. But Vermillion answered with one swing, as Steve Fejfar hit a three-run homer to left to even the contest in the bottom of the frame.
W/C sent eight to the plate in the second inning, scoring four times and after a two-run third inning, tallied five runs in the fourth inning. The fifth inning was the only scoreless frame, before adding two in the sixth and five in the seventh inning. Richey had a two-run triple in the sixth, which stretched the lead to 16-6.
After Fejfar had a two-run single in the sixth to close the margin to eight runs, Graesser and Calhoon each had two-run singles in the seventh, adding more runs to the highest-scoring game of the tournament so far.
"Anytime you can string together quality at-bats and start getting a bunch of base hits and run the bases hard, a lot of good things are going to happen," Richey said.
Neither starting pitcher made it through the fourth inning. Winner/Colome started Tarell Bauld, who left in the third inning with six earned runs allowed. Jared Donahue earned the win, allowing two hits and no runs and Harter had two innings of relief, allowing two runs. Alex Mogensen took the loss for Vermillion after winning Wednesday's opener, logging 3 1/3 innings with 12 hits and 11 runs (eight earned) allowed. Fejfar finished the game with five runs batted in on his two hits. Tanner Anderson had three hits and drove in two for the Greysox, while Billy Mount and Jay Thaler each had two hits.
Kevin Graesser said his team is a motivated one, dating all the way back to the Pheasants' 2013 state runner-up finish. Richey agreed, with the possibility of a rematch with Garretson, which beat W/C 5-4 in the same quarterfinal round a year ago.
"We're playing real well. We're excited to play. We have some high expectations this year and we're just really looking forward to our next matchup."
NOTES: The Pheasants' 21 runs is the most in a single tournament game since Redfield scored 22 in a 2009 quarterfinal win over Menno in five innings. ... The 29 combined runs is the most since Madison and Winner/Colome scored 31 runs in a 17-14 Broncos win in the 2015 first round.
W/C 342 502 5—21 22 1
Verm 312 002 0—8 13 3
WP: Jared Donahue. LP: Alex Mogenson. Pitchers: W/C: Tarell Bauld, Jared Donahue (3), Reed Harter (6). Vermillion: Alex Mogenson, Cole Anderson (4), Billy Mount (6). 2B: W/C: Derek Graesser, Austin Calhoon. Vermillion: Tanner Anderson. 3B: W/C: Austin Richey. Vermillion: Colin Bertram. HR: Vermillion: Steve Fejfar (1st, 2 on, 1 out).