Amateur baseball roundup for July 10: Colome’s Connot hits walk-off home run

A roundup of action from around the Mitchell area on Sunday night.

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COLOME – Ben Connot’s walk-off two-run homer to right field sent the Colome Chaos past the Plankinton Bankers, 7-6, in a Pony Hills League contest on Sunday.

In Connot’s five attempts at the plate, that home run in the bottom of the ninth happened to be his lone hit of the game. Dave Baker went 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBIs for Colome, while Jackson Kinzer went 2-for-5 and Ethan Vobr went 2-for-4. Sid Bice, Jake Luse, Braden Gardner and Carter Brickman chipped in with one hit apiece. Vobr earned the win at the mound, striking out four batters and giving up six runs on 13 hits in nine innings.

For Plankinton, Alex Loes went 3-for-4 while Trevor Boyd, Cole Knippling and Austin Hauge had two hits each. Josh Engquist took the loss, pitching 8 ⅔ innings, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and striking out 10 batters.

Colome (7-4 Pony Hills) travels to the Plankinton Gold Sox on Thursday, July 14.

Platte 7, Mount Vernon 4


PLATTE – The Platte Killer Tomatoes picked up a Sunshine League win on Sunday night, topping the Mount Vernon Mustangs 7-4 at home.

Owen London was the winning pitcher for Platte, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out five batters in eight innings. At the plate, Hunter Hewitt, Derek Soukup and Preston Nedved had two hits and one RBI apiece. Sheldon Gant scored two runs, had two RBIs and one hit, while Hayden Kuiper and Michael Buitenbos had one hit each.

Bradley Dean took the loss for Mount Vernon, throwing seven innings, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and striking out five. Brady Albrecht went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Spencer Neugebauer, Chase Hetland, Briggs Havlik, Koby Larson, Deric Denning and Dean had one hit apiece.

Platte (10-3, 7-3 Sunshine) travels to Parkston on Thursday, July 14, while Mount Vernon (8-8, 4-5 Sunshine) is in action on Tuesday, July 12 against Winner/Colome at home.

Kimball/White Lake 10, Chamberlain 1

KIMBALL – With 15 hits, Kimball/White Lake breezed past Chamberlain in a Pony Hills League contest on Sunday night.

The Nationals out-hit Chamberlain 15 to 7 and scored three runs in the first and fourth inning. Ethan Gaulke went 3-for-5 while Seth Kirsch went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Dylanger Peirson had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs, while Zak Wallner went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Trent Wookey also had two hits and Wes Kroupa scored two runs.

Carter Lenz started on the mound, struck out seven batters and surrendered one earned run on six hits in seven innings. Wallner struck out four in two innings.


Kyle Forester went 2-for-3 and had the lone RBI in the loss for the Mallards. Sandler Wiekamp went 2-for-3 while Adam Schroeder, Dakota Munger and Cole Nachtigal had one hit each. Evan Stiener struck out five and surrendered eight runs on 12 hits in five innings. Nachtigal pitched 2 ⅓ innings and allowed two earned runs on three hits.

Plankinton Gold Sox 8, Wessington Springs 4

PLANKINTON – Trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, Plankinton scored five runs in three innings to earn a Pony Hills victory on Sunday night over Wessington Springs.

Sean DeVries went 2-for-3 with one home run and four RBIs for the Gold Sox while Cooper Carter went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Andrew Becker and Jesse Grosdidier had two hits and one RBI apiece while Griffin Tobin, Logan DeRungs and Tom Harris had one hit each. Devin Melhaff was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings with six hits and four runs, plus seven strikeouts. Ben Laufman struck out five and surrendered three hits in three innings.

Wessington Springs’ Dalton Mogck had three hits in the loss while Austin Olson had two hits. Drew Olinger had one hit and two RBIs while Clayton Dornbusch, Parker DeJean and Isaac Kolousek had one hit apiece. Joe Butterfield struck out 10, but surrendered eight runs on 12 hits in eight innings pitched.

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