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Amateur baseball roundup for July 27: Plankinton Bankers secure District 3B crown

A strong outing from Josh Engquist led the Plankinton Bankers to a commanding win over the Kimball/White Lake Nationals to win the amateur baseball District 3B tournament title.

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Plankinton Bankers' pitcher Josh Engquist delivers a pitch during the District 3B amateur baseball championship game on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 in Chamberlain.
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CHAMBERLAIN — Josh Engquist’s complete-game, four-hit performance led the Plankinton Bankers to a 7-1 win over the Kimball/White Lake Nationals and a District 3B amateur tournament title.

Engquist fanned four and only allowed four hits and one unearned run on his 90 pitches. The Bankers got on the board in the bottom of the third when Engquist delivered a two-RBI double to right field. He then came around to score on a single from Trevor Salmonson later in the frame.

The Bankers added two more to their lead in the fourth, and then one more in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a commanding lead.

The Nationals fought back a little late, plating one in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch with two outs to avoid the shutout, but that was all they mustered.

Brian Zeman pitched for Kimball/White Lake and suffered the loss, giving up 11 hits, seven runs and four earned runs across his six innings. He also finished 1-for-4 at the plate and scored the lone National run. Travis Gant, Alex Loes and Salmonson all picked up multiple hits on the contest for the Bankers.

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Kimball/White Lake still qualifies for the state tournament as one of the five representatives from District 3. For Plankinton, it secured the District championship and another one of the five spots in the state tournament.

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