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Amateur baseball roundup: Travis Gant’s 12 strikeouts helps Plankinton topple South Central

A recap of amateur baseball from around the Mitchell area on Thursday night.

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Plankinton Bankers' Preston Kristensen slides into second base as the baseball flies pass South Central Storm's second baseman Blake Hoffmann during an amateur baseball game on Thursday, June 23, 2022 in Plankinton.
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PLANKINTON, S.D. — Travis Gant’s 12 strikeouts, coupled with seven runs across the final three innings saw the Plankinton Bankers secure a 10-2 home victory over South Central on Thursday night.

Drew Gerlach had three hits and drove in two runs while Trevor Boyd had three RBIs and two hits in the win. Josh Engquist went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs while Alex Loes had two RBIs and one hit. Gant pitched all nine innings and while striking out 12 batters, he only surrendered five hits and two runs.

Cole Christopherson went 2-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Storm in the loss. Blake Boes, Rhoss Oliver and Triv Vosika all had one hit apiece. Paul Taggart took the loss for South Central, pitching 5 ⅓ innings, striking out six batters, but allowed seven hits and six runs.

Winner/Colome 16, Platte 3

PLATTE, S.D. — After suffering its first loss of the amateur baseball season on Tuesday to Alexandria, Winner/Colome responded with a big offensive outing on Thursday night against Platte, smashing 16 hits in a 16-3 seven-inning win.

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Derek Graesser had a home run and drove in four runs with three hits in the win for Winner/Colome, while Chandler Bakley went 3-for-5 and led the team with five RBIs. Brendan Kamerzell, Drew DeMers and Zach Harter had two hits a piece, while Reed Harter had three runs scored and Oscar Pravececk had two. JJ Farner allowed five hits in his seven innings pitched, with three strikeouts and three runs allowed.

Richard Sternberg, Grant Doom, Derek Soukup, Preston Nedved and Owen London had one hit each for the Killer Tomatoes, while Nedved, London and Doom drove in one run a piece. Hayden Kuiper was the losing pitcher, striking out two, but surrendered 10 hits and 10 runs allowed in three innings.

Winner/Colome (12-1) hosts the Dimock/Emery Raptors in Winner on Sunday, June 26, while Platte will take on the Corsica/Stickney Horned Frogs in Corsica on Friday, July 1.

Plankinton Gold Sox 2, Kimball/White Lake 1

KIMBALL, S.D. — In a low scoring contest, Plankinton Gold Sox beat Kimball/White Lake 2-1 on Thursday, despite being out-hit 14-3 by the Nationals.

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Griffin Tobin led the Gold Sox with two hits and one RBI while Tye Harris had one hit. Devin Mehlhaff was the winning pitcher, standing at the mound for six innings, and allowed 11 hits while striking out four batters. Ryland DeVries pitched three innings, allowed three hits and struck out five batters.

Dylan Konechne went 3-for-4 while Brian Zeman went 3-for-5 and scored one run for Kimball/White Lake. Eathen Gaulke had two hits and one RBI while Caden Lenz had two hits. Zeman, who took the loss for the Nationals, struck out seven batters and surrendered two hits in six innings pitched.

Mount Vernon 11, Parkston 4

PARKSTON, S.D. — Despite being out-hit 13 to nine, Mount Vernon ran away with a seven-run victory in Sunshine League action on Thursday night.

For Mount Vernon, seven of nine starters in the lineup recorded a hit, with Eric Giblin leading the way with three hits, including one double. Cameron Deinert finished the night with four RBIs, as he put the finishing touches on the Mustang victory with an eighth-inning grand slam. On the mound, Luke Tiessler tossed a six-strikeout, four-walk complete game on 145 pitches.

Spencer Freudenthal and Nate Doering each posted two hits for the Mudcats, who had 11 different players record a base knock in the contest. Jake Devine got the start and lasted 3 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking six batters. Justin Devine came in to pitch a matching 3 2/3 innings in relief, striking out five with three walks.

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Mount Vernon (7-5) returns home to host Alexandria on Tuesday, June 28, while Parkston (3-10) hosts Corsica/Stickney on Sunday, June 26.

Chamberlain 7, Four Corners 4

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. — Despite being outhit 12-6, Chamberlain scored four runs in the sixth inning and earned a 7-4 win at home over Four Corners on Thursday.

Mike Schwartz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Ryan Randall led the team with two RBIs. Schwartz pitched all nine innings, struck out four batters, and allowed 12 hits and four runs.

Justin Lester, Jeremy Hand and Cooper Hainy had two hits apiece in the loss. Andrew McCloud led Four Corners with two runs scored, while Cooper Hainy, Nathan Hainy and Hand each had one RBI. Adam Kaus took the loss, as he allowed two hits and four runs in one inning pitched. Josh Davies pitched five innings and allowed four hits and three runs.

Salem 12, Hartford/Humboldt Wood Ducks 5

SALEM, S.D. — A steady offensive output featuring runs in five of eight innings (three innings of three or more runs) pushed Salem to a comfortable win over the Hartford/Humboldt Wood Ducks on Thursday night.

Landon Neugebauer and Tyler Cleveland each had two RBIs for the Cubs. On the mound, Tyler Earls struck out eight batters in eight innings before Kyle Tuschen closed out the game in the ninth inning.

Kadyn Nolz, J.J. Jesson and Logan Colwill each notched two hits for the Wood Ducks, who had 10 in the game to Salem’s 11. J. Ellens pitched seven innings with two strikeouts, while Chase Vessels also struck out a pair in one inning of relief.

Salem (6-7) turns around to host the Hartford/Humboldt Gamecocks on Sunday, June 26.

Colome 12, Wessington Springs 1

COLOME, S.D. — Colome smacked 20 hits to take down Wessington Springs in a 12-1 win on Thursday.

Ben Connot and Kelly O’Bryan had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs each, while Dalton Baker and Korey Harris scored two runs apiece, along with two hits and two RBIs. S. Bice led the Chaos with three RBIs, while Ethan Vobr and Jake Luse had two hits each. Luse struck out five batters and allowed seven hits in seven innings pitched.

Trevor Kenobbie recorded two hits and one RBI while Austin Olson had two hits. Terrek Butterfield pitched 6 ⅔ innings, allowed 20 hits and 12 runs.

Flandreau 14, Canova 9

FLANDREAU, S.D. — In a Cornbelt League showdown that consisted of 28 total hits, the Flandreau Cardinals came out victorious 14-9 over Canova on Thursday evening.

Flandreau had 17 of the 28 hits and scored seven runs in the first two innings. Trailing 11-4 headed into the seventh inning, Canova scored five hits but couldn’t overcome its six errors throughout the contest.

Aiden Ladd went 3-for-5 with one home run and two RBIs for the Cardinals, while Keith Cutler also had a home run and had three RBIs. Nate Kneebone had two hits, scored two runs and drove in three runs, while Bret Severtson had RBIs, two hits and scored two runs. Beau Severtson had three hits as well and both Micahel Witte and Luke Gassman scored three runs apiece. Dallas Schneiderman threw 6 ⅓ innings, struck out six batters, and allowed eight hits and six earned runs.

Canova’s Riley Genzlinger led the team by driving in four runs and adding two hits, while Jared Miller and Derek Miller both had two hits apiece. Justin Miller smacked a home run for his lone hit of the game to go along with his two RBIs, while Tim Gassman also had two RBIs. Derek Miller was the losing pitcher after a five-inning start with 15 hits and 11 runs (three earned) allowed.

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