Alexandria powers past Wessington Springs in first round of 2022 state amateur baseball tournament

With a 15-run advantage, Alexandria was able to top Wessington Springs in six innings of play during the first round of the South Dakota Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday evening.

Alexandria's Jacob Giles throws a pitch at the mound during a first-round game of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament against Wessington Springs on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
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MITCHELL – In a contest that only required six innings of action, the Alexandria Angels dominated both offensively and defensively as they cruised to a 17-2 win over the Wessington Springs Owls in the opening round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Thursday night at Cadwell Park.

Even though the Owls scored the first run of the game, it was Alexandria that snatched control in the bottom of the first inning and went on to score the next 16 runs.

Cole Wenande hit a double to left field to start the hot streak for the Angels, which was followed up by a Tyson Gau triple that helped Alexandria take a 2-1 lead. Jordan Gau, Michael Schoettmer and Pierce Smith all had base hits later in the first inning to help the Angels take a 5-1 lead headed into the second.

In the second inning, Alexandria’s Jeff Harris hit an infield single and Wessington Springs had two infield errors that helped Alexandria extend its lead to seven. After scoring an additional run in the third inning to make it an eight-run lead, the Angles notched eight hits in the fourth inning that equated to seven runs, essentially putting the contest out of reach for the Owls.

Alexandria’s winning pitcher on the mound, Jacob Giles, said when the team is playing this well together, it makes his job so much easier.


“My mindset was to go out there, throw strikes, not do too much and trust the defense behind me,” Giles said. “I had a lot of relief in this game, which was great in an environment like this here at Cadwell Park in the state tournament, because it allows myself and everyone else to play a little more free. Everyone made plays for each other.”

Alexandria's Jordan Gau makes the throw on time to first base during a first-round game of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament against Wessington Springs on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
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Giles threw seven strikeouts and surrendered five hits in four innings pitched. Wyatt Kayser pitched the final two innings for Alexandria, striking out three and allowing two hits. At the plate, Jordan Gau went 3-for-3 with three runs scored while Pierce Smith went 3-for-4 with one run scored. Tyson Gau led the team by driving in four runs and posting two hits, while both Wenande and Harris recorded two hits and two RBIs. Jed Schmidt had two RBIs as well. As a team, Alexandria had 19 hits to Wessington Springs’ seven.

For the Owls, Curtis Collins, Trevor Kenobbie and Dalton Mogck had two hits apiece, while Austin Olson had one hit and Landon Cleveland had one RBI. On the mound, Parker DeJean pitched three innings and gave up five earned runs on eight hits while Terrek Butterfield surrendered three hits in 2 ⅓ innings.

Wessington Springs' Curtis Collins, right, throws the ball to Evan Steiner (12) to make the play and tag out Alexandria's Reid Smith at first base during a Class B state amateur baseball game on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
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With the win, the Angels will face Platte in the second round, a Sunshine League opponent they’ve already played three times this season. Alexandria won two of the three matchups this season and Jordan Gau doesn’t expect anything to be a surprise this time around.

“We’re both familiar with each other and they have a good squad so it will be a game,” Gau said. “It’s the same thing as tonight's game where we have to worry about ourselves and take care of our part. We’ll play our game and let the chips fall where they lay, but they're a tough team and we’re looking forward to it.”

The round of 16 match up between Platte and Alexandria will start on Monday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m.

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Dalton Lehnen, Kris Regas and Dalton Allen combined to pitch all but 1 1/3 innings for the Dell Rapids Mudcats at the 2022 state tournament, with their consistency a leading factor in back-to-back state titles.

Branden is a sports reporter that graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in communications and a focus in journalism. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 and covers prep and collegiate athletics. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Full-Court Press, providing a weekly web-exclusive look at high school basketball throughout all of South Dakota. Branden can be reached at and found on Twitter at @bhullreports.
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