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Amateur baseball playoff roundup: Plankinton punches ticket to state

WHITE LAKE -- Plankinton scored five runs in the fourth inning to pick up a District 3B semifinal win and secured its spot in the Class B amateur baseball state tournament with a 12-4 win over Kimball/White Lake on Sunday.

Plankinton pitcher Travis Gant delivers to home plate during a District 3B amateur baseball tournament game Sunday in White Lake. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Plankinton pitcher Travis Gant delivers to home plate during a District 3B amateur baseball tournament game Sunday in White Lake. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

WHITE LAKE - Plankinton scored five runs in the fourth inning to pick up a District 3B semifinal win and secured its spot in the Class B amateur baseball state tournament with a 12-4 win over Kimball/White Lake on Sunday.

Seven Bankers had a least one hit, including leadoff man Billy Hamilton, who had three hits and scored two runs. Chris Hill, Trevor Salmonson and Travis Gant all had three hits and Garth Minnick hit a two-run home run-his second in as many days in the tournament-as part of a three-RBI day.

On the mound, Gant was in control for much of the contest, throwing a complete game. He allowed nine hits, four runs (two earned) and struck out seven.

For KWL, Spencer Lucas had a two-run home run in the sixth inning, as the Nationals tried to climb out of a 8-1 hole at the time. Lucas took the loss, throwing 7 2/3 innings, allowing 12 runs (eight earned) and striking out five. Tony Poncia had three hits in the game for the Nationals.

Plankinton (11-11) will face Four Corners at 8 p.m. Thursday in White Lake for the district title. Kimball/White Lake will take on Miller at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner going to state.

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Four Corners 5, Miller 1

WHITE LAKE - The tournament's top seed Four Corners held Miller in check offensively and recorded a 5-1 victory over the Outlaws in the District 3B semifinals in White Lake. The win seals Four Corners' spot in the Class B state tournament.

Adam Kaus threw eight innings to pick up the win for Four Corners, scattering six hits in the process. Chad Babcock had a double and a triple, while Justin Allen had a single and a double. Brad Hand had two hits to help Four Corners to the win.

Juan Sabillier had two hits for Miller in the loss.

Four Corners will face Plankinton at 8 p.m. Thursday in White Lake for the district championship. Miller will take on Kimball/White Lake at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Both Miller and KWL will have two chances to make the state tournament.

Chamberlain 9, South Central 2

WHITE LAKE - Chamberlain stayed alive in the District 3B tournament with an impressive win over South Central 9-2 Sunday in White Lake.

Chris Konechne had three hits, including a double for the Mallards. Zach Zimprich, Ryan Randall and Hudson Priebe each had two hits for Chamberlain.

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Mike Schwartz had nine strikeouts in his complete-game victory.

Blake Hoffman had three singles for the Storm and Willy Beckers had two hits.

Chamberlain advances to play Armour at 8 p.m. today in White Lake in an elimination game. With the loss, South Central is eliminated from the tournament.

District 4B

Dell Rapids Mudcats 11, Salem 3

CANOVA - Seven errors proved costly for the Salem Cubs Sunday night, as they fell to the Dell Rapids Mudcats 11-3 in a District 4B amateur baseball tournament game in Canova.

The Mudcats also had three big early innings to take control. The Mudcats led 9-2 after three innings and they tacked on one run in each the fourth and fifth innings.

Jared Donahue picked up the win for Dell Rapids. He scattered five hits and struck out a whopping 16 batters in seven innings of work. He also walked six and gave three earned runs.

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Drew Sweeter drove in four runs for the Mudcats. Donahue, Aaron Johnson and Matt Wilber each drove in two runs for Dell Rapids.

Garrison Collier took the loss for Salem. He gave up 10 runs (three earned) and five hits in 3 1/3 innings of work.

Dell Rapids Mudcats will play Canova on 6 p.m. Tuesday in Canova. Salem will play Hartford/Humboldt on 6 p.m. Thursday in Canova.

Flandreau 6, Madison 0

CANOVA - Flandreau scored in each of the first four innings and cruised to a 6-0 win over Madison in District 4B amateur baseball tournament play Sunday in Canova.

Zach Weinandt threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out six for the Cardinals. Thomas McMacken had a 3-for-4 game and drove in a run, while Keith Cutler had a 2-for-3 night with two RBIs. Beau Severson scored two runs and stole two bases.

Madison was held to one hit each for Mitch McNary, Mike Janish and Heath Williams. The Broncos committed four errors. Chris Brozik took the loss, allowing eight hits in seven innings, six runs (four earned) and picking up five strikeouts.

Flandreau advances to the District 4B semifinals to play Colman at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Madison will play in an elimination game at 8 p.m. Thursday against Dell Rapids PBR.

District 6B

Freeman 2, Lesterville 1

TABOR - The Freeman Black Sox avoided elimination Sunday night, holding off Lesterville in a 2-1 win in Tabor in the District 6B tournament.

Freeman had just five hits but Phil Madsen knocked in a pair of runs to provide the winning difference, scoring once each in the third and seventh innings. Lesterville notched a run in the eighth inning.

The win assures Freeman two more chances at a state tournament berth. They will play either Irene or Wynot at 8 p.m. Thursday. If they lose, they would play at 5 p.m. Saturday in the last-chance game.

Crofton (Neb.) 13, Scotland 0

TABOR - Derek Appley picked up 11 strikeouts in six innings and the Crofton Bluejays eliminated the Scotland Highlanders from District 6B play with a 13-0, seven-inning win in Tabor Sunday.

Ben Hegge threw the final inning to complete a no-hitter for Crofton.

Scotland finishes the year at 0-19. Crofton will face either Tabor or Menno at 6 p.m. Thursday for a trip to the state tournament.

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