Amateur roundup for July 29: Platte picks up final District 5B state berth

Alexandria, Dimock/Emery, Mount Vernon, Platte and Winner/Colome will represent the Sunshine League in the Class B state tournament.

Grant Doom throws a pitch for the Platte Killer Tomatoes against the Corsica Horned Frogs in a District 5B elimination game on Friday, July 29, 2022 in Corsica.
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CORSICA, S.D. — Hunter Hewitt’s three-run home run in the eighth inning broke a 6-all tie and sent Platte to the final District 5B state tournament berth, winning 9-6 on Friday night in a game that had five lead changes.

Grant Doom had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs for the Killer Tomatoes, with Michael Buitenbos and Richard Sternberg each picking up two hits. Kelby VanDerWerff was the starting pitcher for Platte, with five innings of work, eight hits and three runs allowed. Richard Sternberg threw three innings and struck out seven, allowing two earned runs and three hits, and Grant Doom threw the final inning, striking out the side.

Both teams had 11 hits. For Corsica/Stickney, Kris Menning, Nathan Blom and Kiefer Johnson each had two hits. Blake Moke was the losing pitcher for the Horned Frogs, allowing nine hits, seven runs (six earned) and striking out five in seven innings of work. Caleb Crist threw the eighth inning, allowing two hits and two runs.

Flandreau 7, Salem 5

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. -- With a fast offensive start, Flandreau locked up a spot in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament Friday night with a 7-4 win over Salem at Rieckman Field.


Grant Hieb had three hits, while Aiden Ladd had a home run and three RBIs. Ladd and Mitch Foster each had two hits for the Cardinals. Jordan Gesling was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals, striking out six and allowing four hits, two unearned runs and walking four in seven innings of work. Bret Severson had the two-inning save for Flandreau, allowing five hits, three runs and striking out three.

Brian Duxbury had three hits, while Jacob Vonberge had a pair of knocks for Salem, which had five doubles in the game but left nine men on base. Tyler Earls threw the entire game for Salem, allowing 12 hits, seven runs (four earned) and striking out three.

Salem (15-7) will play in the last-chance game against Dell Rapids PBR at 4 p.m. Saturday in Dell Rapids for one final bid to the state tournament from District 4B.

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