For a baseball fan in South Dakota, it’s 12 of the best days of the year.
The South Dakota State Amateur Baseball Tournament gets underway on Aug. 7, with 32 teams fighting to make it to Championship Sunday, and the road to the title once again goes through Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
A few things will be certain: there will be strong pitching, timely hitting, burgers and beer will be sold and upsets will eliminate favorites and elevate contenders.
Here’s a team-by-team look at the Class B field:
The Angels are back fresh off a 4-0 win over Mount Vernon in the District 5B championship game. Alexandria (15-6) ended the season going 14-2 after losing four of its first five games to start the season.
Cole Wenande has paced the Angels at the plate, hitting .371 with a .430 on-base percentage. He also tied with Tyson Gau for a team-high five home runs, while leading the team in hits (36) and RBIs (22). Gau had 26 hits as one of six Angels to top 20 hits this season. Matt Wilber and Pierce Smith both hit three bombs, too.
Ethan Davis (55.1 innings/3.58 ERA) and Gau (52.2/2.05) have been Alexandria’s workhorses on the mound. However, Jordan Gau also has a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 innings, while Trever Vermuelen hasn’t allowed a run in 13.2 innings after joining the team mid-season. Tyson Gau leads the team with 62 strikeouts.
An incredible run of six straight appearances in the final four of the Class B tournament, and five straight championship game appearances came to an end last year with a 4-3 loss to Flandreau in the quarterfinals. Alexandria opens the tournament versus Lake Norden at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Akron (Iowa) Rebels
The Rebels are making their second straight appearance in the state tournament. Akron earned a state tourney berth with a win over Canton in the District 7B play-in game.
The Rebels finished with a 4-7 mark in the State Line League.
After edging Volga 2-1 in the opening round last season, the Rebels fell to State Line League foe Garretson 3-0 in the second round.
The Rebels play Canova at Canova at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Canova returns to the state tournament looking to defend its title. The Gang enter coming off just their third loss of the season, though, falling 6-4 to Flandreau in the District 4B championship game. Still, Canova (22-3) has had plenty of success, going a perfect 18-0 in Cornbelt League play.
Jared Miller enters the tournament leading the Gang with 41 hits, though Justin Miller’s .469 batting average and .574 on-base percentage are both team bests. Garrett Gassman (37), Derek Miller (34) and Cole Gassman (31) have all topped 30 hits, too. Six different players have multiple home runs, but Garrett Gassman and Justin Miller both have four.
Derek Miller owns a 2.72 ERA over a team-high 46.1 innings, which has also seen him fan 47 batters. Trey Krier has also topped 40 innings, striking out 38 batters and owning a 3.61 ERA in 42.1 frames. Kendall Gassman (1.03 ERA) and Cole Gassman (0.75) both have been contributors on the mound, too.
Canova plays Akron (Iowa) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to open state tourney play.
Chamberlain is back in the state tournament for a second consecutive year. It knocked off South Central, 12-0, on July 31 to clinch its spot. The Mallards also took down Kimball/White Lake in the first round of the District 3B tournament.
Riggs Priebe picked up two hits in the Mallards’ win over South Central, while Jayce Byre and Colton Anderson each drove in a pair of runs. Mike Schwartz struck out five batters over 6.1 shutout innings in his start.
The Mallards lost to eventual state champ Canova, 12-1, in the opening round last season. This season, Chamberlain plays Milbank at 1 p.m. Friday in the first round.
Clark defeated Groton, 17-2, in the first round of the state tournament last season, but enters as losers of three of its past four contests. The Traders are 10-7 this season.
Brent Griffith has provided power with a team-high four home runs for the Traders, while still hitting .340 and having his 17 hits rank second on the team. Griffith has a 7.18 ERA over 31.1 innings, too.
Zach Toben leads the team with 21 hits, helping him hit .500 with a .596 on-base percentage. He has also gone deep three times and has been Clark’s workhorse on the mound. His 53 innings leads the team as he has 36 strikeouts and a 5.09 ERA.
Jay Huber has a team-best 3.69 ERA in his 31.2 innings. Rhett Florey has smacked two bombs for the Traders, who opens the state tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday against Redfield.
Clear Lake Slough Sharks
Clear Lake defeated Volga, 4-3, on July 31 to clinch its second straight state tournament berth. Last season, it fell 5-4 to Lennox in the first round as the Slough Sharks made their first appearance since 2014.
In its win over Volga, Steve Koehn went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Harrison Wookey also had two hits as Clear Lake finished with eight in the win.
Matt Larson picked up the win, striking out seven and allowing two unearned runs in 4.1 innings of relief. Justin Cassels started, lasting 4.2 frames, and holding Volga to an earned run on three hits and eight walks.
Clear Lake faces Menno at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the state tournament.
Corsica-Stickney Horned Frogs
Corsica-Stickney made the most of its second chance in the District 5B tournament when Wagner was disqualified. It doubled its win total on the year, taking down Dimock/Emery, 7-3, on Aug. 1 to clinch a berth to its third-ever state tournament. This is the second straight season the Horned Frogs (4-15) have made the tournament.
Ryan Buck leads the team at the plate, hitting .356 with a .472 on-base percentage. Buck, Aaron Groeneweg and Luke Bamberg all have 21 hits, while Kris Menning has recorded 20. Bamberg has also hit a team-best three home runs and Menning has driven in 13 runs.
The Horned Frogs have relied on numerous arms, with five pitchers recording double-digit innings. Ross Kortan has tossed a team-high 47 frames, owning a 3.45 ERA. He also leads the team with 37 strikeouts. Menning has whiffed 30 batters, too, over his 31 innings.
Corsica-Stickney fell 5-0 to Harrisburg last season in the opening round. It’ll look to keep its Cinderella run going against Wynot (Neb.) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Crofton (Neb.) Bluejays
The No. 1 seed in the District 6B tourney, Crofton was upset by Freeman in the opening round. The Bluejays knocked off Lesterville (8-3) and Tabor (9-3) to earn another trip to state.
In the game against Tabor, James Kaiser went 4-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and scored four runs. Nick Hegge finished 2-for-4 with a home run.
Crofton finished 11-5 in South Central League games this season.
The Bluejays were defeated by Alexandria, 6-3, in last year’s opening round. Crofton plays Harrisburg at 11 a.m. on Thursday to open state tourney action.
Dell Rapids Mudcats
It took 12 innings for Dell Rapids to outlast Salem, 9-8, on Aug. 2 to clinch a state tournament berth after missing out last season. The Mudcats picked up a trio of wins in the District 4B tournament.
Chad Hunt led the Mudcats at the plate in district play, amassing eight hits en route to a .444 average and .545 on-base percentage. Elijah Story (6), Travis Peters (5) and Trevor Frudenthal (5) all had at least five hits, too. Nate Henry drove in five runs in the team’s past four games.
Jordan Johnson (15 innings) and Andrew Story (11) pitched the bulk of the innings for the Mudcats. Johnson struck out 10 batters as he had a 3.60 ERA in district play, while Andrew Story finished with a 3.27 ERA.
Dell Rapids has a rematch against Dimock/Emery at 11 a.m. Sunday in the first round of the state tournament. The Mudcats defeated the Raptors in the same round in 2017.
For the 13th straight season, Dimock-Emery (18-10) will play in the state tournament. The Raptors defeated Parkston, 5-2, in the final win-or-go-home game of District 5B play on Aug. 3. They ended the regular season as winners of five of their last six games.
Phil Johnson has made an impact at the plate and on the mound. His 66.2 innings leads the team as he’s fanned 56 batters and owns a 4.73 ERA. Johnson is also one of three players with at least 30 hits and has hit four of the Raptors’ nine home runs.
Drew Kitchens’ 38 hits leads the team, while Jared Schmidt also has 30 hits. Schmidt has a .323 batting average and 3.09 ERA in 46.2 innings. Jason Schmidt (48) has topped 40 innings, too, striking out a team-high 68 batters to go with a 4.69 ERA.
Dimock/Emery defeated Canton in the state tournament last season before being beaten by Flandreau. This season, it opens against the Dell Rapids Mudcats at 11 a.m. Sunday after falling to it in the first round in 2017.
Flandreau fell just short of a state title last season when it fell to Cornbelt League rival Canova, 10-2, in the championship game. However, it got its revenge in the recent District 4B title game, defeating the Gang, 6-4. Flandreau is headed to its seventh straight state tournament.
Against the Gang, Kasen Grengs earned the win after tossing 6.1 innings in relief, allowing two runs (one earned). Jake Patterson, Keith Cutler, Luke Gassman and Beau Severtson all had two hits, as well. The Cardinals finished with 11 in the win.
Flandreau has developed two rivalries in recent years. One is naturally Canova, with the two teams playing four times in 2018, including in the championship game and three more times this season.
The other is with Alexandria. The Cardinals and Angels have played in five of the last six state tournaments, and while the Angels had won their meetings in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, Flandreau exacted some revenge with a 4-3 quarterfinal win over the Angels last year in Sioux Falls. Flandreau opens the tournament at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Freeman.
A Pony Hills League member, Four Corners returns to the state tournament for the fifth straight season. Four Corners finished second to Plankinton in the District 3B tournament.
The Hayes-based club finished with a 11-3 record in Pony Hills League regular season action, with two losses coming against the Bankers.
In the District 3B championship, Brad Hand led Four Corners with three hits. Justin Allen, Brian Grave, Spencer Sarringar, Justin Lester and Jason Overweg each had a hit. Overweg drove in two runs.
Four Corners fell to eventual state runner-up Flandreau, 15-0, in the opening round of last year’s tournament. Four Corners will play Madison at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the opening round.
Freeman Black Sox
After a one-year absence, Freeman is back in the state tournament. The Black Sox defeated Irene, 10-8, to qualify for the state tournament. Despite a 5-14 record, Freeman won three of its final four games heading into the state tournament.
Lee Scherschligt leads the team with 24 hits, while Brett Scherschligt has team bests of a .328 batting average and .423 on-base percentage. Phil Madsen also has a .421 on-base percentage for the Black Sox. Brett Scherschligt, Lance Friesen and Nathan Weier all have two home runs, as well.
Nathan Broehm has a 2.51 ERA despite tossing a team-high 43 innings. He also has 59 strikeouts to 18 walks. The Black Sox have a 4.42 team ERA, though allow 10.4 hits per game.
Freeman plays Flandreau at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.
Garretson is hoping this is finally the year it breaks through. The Bluejays (12-2) have made three straight final four appearances in the state tournament, though lost to the eventual champion Canova, 10-7, last season, Larchwood (Iowa) in the semifinals in 2017 and to Alexandria in the 2016 championship.
The Bluejays have defeated Akron (Iowa) (9-4) and Harrisburg (10-0) in District 7B play.
No one on Garretson has 20 hits, but Brett Fischer leads the team with 18 as he’s hit .409 with a .480 on-base percentage. Brad Ulmer (.412) and Derek Fischer (.407) are both hitting over .400, while Nick Bonte is second on the team with 15 hits and owns a .357 batting average. Scott Splett has four home runs.
Dustin Steckler (26.2) and Bonte (22) are Garretson’s only pitchers with 20-plus innings. Steckler has a 6.08 ERA and Bonte has 40 strikeouts and a 2.05 ERA. Garretson has yet to allow a home run and holds teams to a .197 batting average.
It battles Groton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the state tournament.
Groton Locke Electric
For the sixth time in seven years, Groton has made the state tournament. To qualify this year, it advanced to the District 2B championship game, but fell 21-11 in eight innings to Redfield on Aug. 2. It defeated Northville in the semifinals.
Groton led the title game 6-2 before Redfield sent 16 batters to the plate during a 10-run third
inning. It failed to get closer than six runs again.
Groton failed to make noise in last year’s state tournament, when it fell 17-2 to Clark in the first round. It faces Garretson at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the state tournament.
Harrisburg has started to develop some consistency in the Class B tournament, reaching the state event for six years in a row, and reaching the Class B semifinals two years in a row. Last year, the Woodies were on the wrong end of a 7-2 loss to Flandreau in the semifinals.
This season, Harrisburg punched its ticket to state with a 5-4 win in 12 innings on a walk-off double in the District 7B tournament. The Woodies were blanked 10-0 by Garretson in the district championship game.
Harrisburg is battling .288 as a team and have nine home runs a team. Mark Abrahamson has belted a team-high three home runs, is batting .306 and has 12 RBIs. J.T. Miller leads the team with a .483 batting average and has driven in 10 runs.
Dalton Allen (5-1) powers the pitching staff with a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 79 batters this season.
Harrisburg plays Crofton (Nebraska) at 11 a.m. Thursday in the opening round this season.
Kimball/White Lake Nationals
After a two-year hiatus, Kimball/White Lake is back at state. The Nationals knocked off Wessington Springs in the District 3B tourney to secure a spot.
Kimball/White Lake went 6-8 in the Pony Hills League during the regular season. On June 6, Zak Wallner struck out 22 batters in Kimball/White Lake’s 2-1 win over South Central in a Pony Hills League contest. Wallner also recorded a 10-strikeout game against Colome in the District 3B tourney.
In Kimball/White Lake’s last trip in 2016, it defeated Milbank (15-3) and lost to Colman (5-3) in the second round. This year, the Nationals open against Tabor at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Lake Norden Lakers
Lake Norden is back in the state tournament after a one-year absence. It defeated Volga, 8-4, in District 1B play to qualify this season.
In Lake Norden’s win over Volga, Matt Stevenson and Jesse VanOverbeke both picked up two hits. Asa Stiles recorded three RBIs and Tony Campbell drove in a pair of runs to help lift it to the win. Kale Stevenson went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 batters and holding Volga to four earned runs on eight hits.
The Lakers last made the state tournament in 2017 when it defeated Miller/Wessington in the first round before falling to Garretson. They lost to Plankinton in the first round of the 2016 tournament, as well. Lake Norden takes on Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Larchwood (Iowa) Diamonds
Larchwood took down Akron (Iowa), 14-4, on July 31 in District 7B play to clinch a spot in the state tournament. The Diamonds (11-7) won five of their last seven games after starting the season 6-5.
Micah Linn leads the team with 20 hits, while Keaton Grevengoed is second with 19 but has team highs of four home runs and 19 RBIs. Scott Erickson has also driven in 12 runs. James Van Beek is hitting .364 for the Diamonds. Cody Groskreutz has posted a .349 batting average to go with a .481 on-base percentage.
On the mound, Patrick Sinnema has paced Larchwood. He owns a 1.35 ERA and has 34 strikeouts over a team-high 33.1 innings. Trent Roose (2.22 ERA) has fanned a team-best 42 batters, though.
Larchwood has had mixed results at the state tournament the past two years. It fell to Parkston in the first round last season but made it to the championship game in 2017 before Alexandria defeated it. This year, it takes on Mount Vernon at 11 a.m. Friday.
Lennox Only One
Lennox Only One earned a second straight trip to state with a 16-6 win over the Humboldt/Hartford Gamecocks in the District 4B tournament.
Justin Reilly and Drew Sweeter both had three hits in the win, while Chris Krouensk and Matt Hansen each had a pair.
On the mound, Chad Reilly picked up the win after holding the Gamecocks to one earned run in a three-inning start. Sweeter tossed the final six innings as they combined to strike out seven batters.
Lennox finished 3-15 in Cornbelt League action this season. Lennox lost to Harrisburg by a 12-0 decision in last year’s second round. Lennox plays Winner/Colome at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the first round.
Madison earned another trip to state with a 13-10 win over Lennox Only One in the District 4B tournament.
The Broncos are hitting .310 as a team and have belted 16 home runs. Brian Miller leads the team in home runs (six), RBIs (30) and batting average (.429). Greg Biagi is hitting .423 and has 15 RBIs. Nick Bird (.421/17 RBIs) and Matt Burpee (.354/17 RBIs/3 home runs) bolster the offense. Mitch McNary has driven in 20 runs and is hitting .346.
Bird has logged a team-high 47.2 innings. He’s posted a 1.38 ERA and posted 21 strikeouts. Hunter Jamison (3-2) has registered 26 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in 38 innings.
The Broncos fell to Harrisburg by a 6-4 decision in last year’s third round. Madison plays Four Corners at 1 p.m. Sunday to start the tournament.
Menno Mad Frogs
Menno’s spot in the state tournament was locked up with a 5-4, 11-inning win over Freeman in the District 6B semifinals on July 30. The Mad Frogs advanced to the championship game against tournament host Wynot (Neb.) on Aug. 4. Menno dropped an 11-10 decision against Wynot in the final. Menno is making its second straight trip to state.
Menno finished 8-8 in South Central League action on the season. The Mad Frogs dropped an 8-2 decision against Garretson in last year’s opening round. Menno plays Clear Lake at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Milbank, which is in the tournament for the 10th straight year, made a run to the tournament quarterfinals a season ago, before falling 5-2 to Garretson. The Firechiefs (11-6) won the District 5B tournament with a 7-1 decision over Clark in the title game.
Taylor Boerger (5-1) has logged a team-high 56.2 innings and has a 3.653 ERA. He’s posted 71 strikeouts. Dominique Boerger, a Dakota Wesleyan University pitcher, has struck out 55 batters and has a 3.374 ERA this season. Boerger (3-2) was the Great Plains Athletic Conference pitcher of the year and an NAIA honorable mention All-American selection this past season. Boerger is also batting .344 and has 17 RBIs. Lance Frogner (1-1) has a 2.739 ERA and has fanned 2.739 ERA. Frogner is also hitting .305 and has 14 RBIs.
Offensively, Jesse Krause is batting .390 and has driven in 10 runs. Brady Krause has knocked in 12 runs and is hitting .324. Tristan Hall has clubbed four of the team’s seven home runs, while hitting .339. He’s driven in a team-high 20 runs.
The Firechiefs dropped a 5-2 decision against Garretson in the quarterfinals of last season’s state tournament. Milbank plays Chamberlain at 1 p.m. Friday.
Mount Vernon Mustangs
The Mustangs (16-5) are back in the tournament after a one-year hiatus.
Mount Vernon was 10-4 in the Sunshine League during the regular season, and finished third in the league, which is its best finish since taking the Mustangs name in 2015. In the District 5B championship game, Mount Vernon fell to perennial power Alexandria, 4-0.
The Mustangs did defeat Alexandria, 10-3, on July 16. Cameron Deinert and Chase Hetland both belted home runs against the Angels. Hetland and Briggs Havlik both recorded three hits.
In a 10-0 win over Wagner this season, Eric Giblin hit for the cycle and drove in six runs.
Mount Vernon plays Larchwood (Iowa) at 11 a.m. Friday in the opening round of state.
Representing District 2B, the Merchants are playing in their sixth straight state tournament. Northville defeated Groton Locke Electric (13-11) in the opening round of the district tourney. The Merchants lost to Redfield in the next round by a 9-0 score. Northville later dropped an 8-5 decision against Groton.
Northville fell to Miller/Wessington by 9-1 decision in last year’s opening round. Northville plays South Central at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Plankinton returns to the state tournament for a seventh straight year coming off its third consecutive District 3B title. The Bankers defeated Four Corners, 9-5, to complete its 17-game winning streak to end the season and claim the 3B crown.
Newcomer Alex Loes has led Plankinton (18-1) at the plate this season. He has team highs of 44 hits, 14 doubles, 42 runs and a .587 batting average with a .684 on-base percentage. Loes also has three home runs, though Tyler Waddle, who had 40 hits, leads the team with five bombs and 30 RBIs. Chris Hill, Trevor Salmonson and Trevor Boyd all have 22 hits, too.
On the mound, Josh Engquist and Travis Gant have provided a one-two punch for the Bankers. Engquist has 113 strikeouts and a 1.18 ERA in 68.2 innings, while Gant has fanned 73 batters over 47.2 innings to help him own a 0.94 ERA. Loes has tossed 28.1 innings with a 1.59 ERA.
Plankinton has been knocked out in the first round in each of its past two appearances. The Bankers open the tournament against Salem at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Redfield is back at state after a one-year hiatus. The Pheasants defeated Groton Locke Electric 21-11 in eight innings in the District 2B championship game.
Redfield erupted for 10 runs on just four hits in the third inning of the title game. Kaleb Rogers hammered a grand slam in the inning.
In 2017, Redfield dropped a 9-7 decision against Mount Vernon in the opening round. Redfield plays Clark at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first round.
On Aug. 3 in District 4B play, Salem notched a 3-2 win in 11 innings over the Humboldt/Hartford Wood Ducks to qualify for the state tournament. The Cubs (11-13) are set to make their first appearance since losing to Crofton (Neb.) in the first round of the 2017 tournament.
Cole Cheeseman has racked up 26 hits, helping him hit .317 with a .363 on-base percentage for Salem. He’s joined by David Novak (19), Jon Forster (18) and Cory Struck (17) as Cubs with at least 15 hits this season. Struck and Brian Duxbury have each driven in a team-high 14 runs, too, while Cheeseman and Landon Neugebauer both have 12 RBIs.
Tyler Earls is 7-1 with a 1.85 ERA over 73 innings for the Cubs. He also has 59 strikeouts, with no other Cub pitchers fanning more than 20 batters. David Novak owns a 6.27 ERA over 33 innings and Struck has a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings.
Salem makes its return to the state tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday against Plankinton.
South Central Storm
South Central will get a taste of the state tournament this season. The Storm (7-8) needed an 11-7 win over Wessington Springs on August 3 in District 3B play to clinch their spot in the field. After starting the season 3-6, the Storm have turned their season around by winning four of their last six games.
Blake Boes has been a consistent presence on the mound. He has a 2.82 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 51 innings this season. Paul Taggart has tossed 47.2 frames, posting an 8.31 ERA and fanning 62 batters.
At the plate, Aaron Vomacka has a team-best 15 hits as he owns a .366 batting average and a .395 on-base percentage. He also has six RBIs, but Tom Groves and Boes lead the Storm with seven runs driven in apiece. Boes has scored 10 runs, too.
South Central takes on Northville at 11 a.m. Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.
Representing District 6B, Tabor earned another berth with an 11-1 win over Irene in the district tournament.
Chris Sutera led Tabor with three hits, while Hunter Hallock and Zach Sutera had two hits apiece. Austin Wise struck out six batters and allowed three hits to earn the win.
Tabor finished 10-6 in South Central League play this season.
The Bluebirds fell to Colman by a 11-6 decision in last year’s first round. Tabor plays Kimball/White Lake at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
A state-tourney regular, Winner/Colome took a longer road to state this season. The No. 2 seed in District 5B tourney, the Pheasants were upset by Wagner in the opening round.
They responded with shutout wins over Platte (6-0) and Parkston (8-0) to earn another berth at state.
The Pheasants (15-4) are dangerous at the plate. They’ve hit 18 home runs and are batting .328 as a team. Reed Harter paces the offense with a .478 average and has crushed seven home runs on the season. He hit three home runs in two different games this season. Kelly O’Bryan (.412) and Austin Calhoon (.411/20 RBIs) are also batting over .400. Dillon Lambley (.358/17 RBIs), Derek Graesser (.333/15 RBIs/3 home runs), Austin Richey (.333/17 RBI/4 home runs) and Zach Harter (.316/20 RBIs) also add pop to the lineup.
On the mound, Connor Hopkins sports a 3-0 record and has logged 44 innings. He’s fanned 57 batters and has a 3.682 ERA. J.J. Farner (3-2) has struck out 58 batters and has a .973 ERA. Derek Graesser (4-0) has recorded 39 strikeouts and has a 1.862 ERA.
The Pheasants lost to Larchwood 10-4 in the first round of last year’s state tournament. Winner/Colome faces Lennox in the opening game at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Wynot (Neb.) Expos
The District 6B champs, Wynot is back in the state tournament once again.
The Expos outlasted Menno, 11-10, in the district championship game on Aug. 4. Wynot’s Jackson Sudbeck was the District 6B MVP.
The Expos finished 9-7 in South Central League games during the regular season.
The Expos were eliminated in last year’s opening round, falling 3-2 against Madison. This season, Wynot plays Corsica-Stickney at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the first round.