Amateur baseball roundup: Bankers top Four Corners in District 3B final

Plankinton's Cole Knippling, 11, celebrates the Bankers 10-3 win over 4 Corners with his teammates following the conclusion of the District 3B championship game on Thursday in Chamberlain. (Matt Gade / Republic)

CHAMBERLAIN -- Plankinton captured the District 3B amateur baseball title with a 10-3 win over Four Corners on Thursday.

Josh Engquist notched the win, as he held Four Corners to an earned run on three hits in two relief innings. Ryland DeVries struck out four and gave up an unearned run in a three-inning start. Engquist also hit a three-run home run during a two-hit day to pace the Bankers at the plate. Chris Hill, Cole Knippling, Travis Gant and Ryan Urban all had two hits. Hill tripled and Josh Geppert doubled.

J.D. Farley finished 2-for-4 with a triple. Jason Overweg hit a double and Justin Allen had three hits in Four Corners’ leadoff spot. Josh Davies suffered the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits in a six-inning start.

GALLERY: Plankinton downs 4 Corners for the Pony Hills League championship


Winner/Colome 17, Dimock/Emery 4

CORSICA -- Winner/Colome erupted for 10 runs in the sixth inning to put away Dimock/Emery in the District 5B amateur baseball tournament on Thursday. The Pheasants advanced to the state tournament with the win.

Austin Calhoon paced Winner/Colome with three of the 11 hits. He also drove in a pair of runs. Dillon Lambley and Chandler Bakley both finished with two hits apiece. Austin Richey added a three-run double.

J.J. Farner and Lakin Neugebauer both drove in two runs, while Tyler Torres added a hit. Derek Graesser earned the win. He struck out seven batters, scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs in his six-inning start.

Sam Pischke recorded two of Dimock/Emery’s eight hits. Gene Kitchens, Phil Johnson, Sam Michels, Landon Sudbeck and Trent Kingsbury each had a hit. Pischke took the loss after allowing seven hits and five earned runs. He struck out four batters and issued three walks in his 5.1-inning start.

Dimock/Emery plays Parkston at 6 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

Mount Vernon 11, Parkston 1 (7 innings)

CORSICA -- Mount Vernon punched its ticket to the state amateur baseball tournament with a win over Parkston in the District 5B tournament on Thursday.

The Mustangs racked up 13 hits and Deric Denning struck out 12 batters to power the victory. Denning allowed four hits and one earned run through seven innings.

Spencer Neugebauer paced the offense with three hits and two RBIs. Bradley Dean, Briggs Havlik and Jay Thaler each had two hits. Chase Hetland, Eric Giblin, Cameron Deinert and Luke Tiesler each had a hit.


For Parkston, Zach Uttecht finished with two hits. Spencer Freudenthal smacked a solo home run, while Spencer Lucas had a hit.

Jake Weber took the loss. He allowed 13 hits, nine earned runs and struck out seven batters in 6.1 innings.

Parkston plays Dimock/Emery at 6 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

Tabor 14, Irene 6

MENNO -- An eight-run third inning carried Tabor to a win over Irene in the Region 6B amateur baseball tournament, sending the Bluebirds to the state tournament.

Christian Uecker hit a three-run blast, as he finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Austin White had four hits (two doubles) and four RBIs. Chase Kortan added three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs, while Beau Rothschadl and Sam Caba both had two hits. Caba finished with two RBIs. Doug Vanecek earned the win, striking out seven batters and giving up six earned runs in a seven-inning start.

Tate Gale took the loss, as he allowed 12 earned runs and 12 hits in 6.1 innings. Marcus VanDriel went 3-for-4 with a double and home run. Gale had two hits, including a double.

Irene plays Lesterville at 5 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.


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