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Amateur baseball roundup for July 19: Wessington Springs tops Chamberlain behind walk-off single

Action from the Pony Hills League on Tuesday night.

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Chamberlain Mallards second baseman Ryan Randall tags Wessington Springs Dalton Muck as he slides back to second base on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 during an amateur baseball game at David Jost Field in Wessington Springs.
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WESSINGTON SPRINGS – An 11th inning line drive single by Trevor Kenobbie sent the Wessington Spring Owls past the Chamberlain Mallards with a 8-7 victory in a Pony Hills League contest on Tuesday night.

In a game that featured 26 total hits and zero errors, Wessington Springs withstood a five-run inning from Chamberlain in the eighth-inning. The Owls scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to keep the game alive, all tied at seven. After a scoreless 10th inning, Drew Olinger was walked at the plate, followed by back-to-back singles from Curtis Collins and Kenobbie to close out the game.

Collins went 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Kenobbie went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Dalton Mogck also had two hits in the win. At the mound, Mogck pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs, but struck out seven. Terrek Butterfield struck out three, but allowed five hits in 3 ⅔ innings pitched.

For Chamberlain, Ryan Randall and Mike Schwartz both had four hits each while Adam Schroeder and Kyle Forester had two hits apiece. Forester also drove in two runs in the loss. Evan Stiener struck out a season-high 18 batters, while surrendering four runs on four hits in 7 ⅓ innings pitched.

South Central 7, Colome 4

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GREGORY – Bouncing back from a loss to its rival Colome on June 16, the South Central Storm scored four runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh inning to earn a Pony Hills League win on Tuesday night.

Paul Taggert was the winning pitcher for South Central, allowing four runs on 11 hits in nine innings, striking out five. At the plate, Hunter Van Niewenhuyse had two hits and drove in two runs, while Cole Christopherson drove in three runs and had two hits. South Central was aided by four Colome errors in the win.

Shea Connot took the loss for Colome, throwing three innings with seven hits and six runs allowed, but only five of them were earned. Kelly O’Bryan struck out six and surrendered two hits in four innings while Ethan Vobr struck out two in one inning pitched. Vobr, Braden Gardner and Carter Brickman each had two hits in the loss.

Plankinton Bankers 25, Plankinton Gold Sox 0 (5 inn.)

PLANKTON – An explosive 14-run third inning and a total of 26 hits helped the Plankinton Bankers pick up a Pony Hills League win in a run-rule shortened five-inning game.

Cole Knippling, Josh Engquist and Travis Gant each had a home-run in the win. Knippling drove in three runs and had three hits, Engquist drove in four runs and had three hits, and Gant went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Bruinsma went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Alex Loes had three hits and scored a team-high five runs, while Trevor Salmonson went 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Kyle Bruinsma had two hits and drove in two runs, while Trevor Boyd went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Chad Cody had two hits and two RBIs. Loes picked up the win at the mound, striking out seven batters and surrendering three hits in three innings.

For the Gold Sox, Sean DeVries and Tom Harris had one hit each. Landon Bruinsma took the loss at the mound, surrendering 10 earned runs on 16 hits, while striking out three in two innings.

The Plankinton Bankers improve to 12-2 on the season.

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