The South Dakota Class A Legion baseball tournament field is taking shape, in advance of Friday’s opening round games at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
Mitchell Post 18 (32-15), which automatically qualified as the host team, will play the final game on Friday against the winner of Tuesday’s state-qualifying wild-card game. That game will feature Brookings (17-21) at Harrisburg (19-26), as both teams were third-place finishers in their regions.
The rest of the bracket is also finalized. In the opening game, Region 3A champion Rapid City Post 22 (44-13) will take on Region 2A runner-up Yankton (24-21) at 10 a.m. In the second game, Region 1A champion Renner (32-22) will play Region 3A runner-up Pierre (22-21) at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The Friday night session will start at 5 p.m, with Region 2A champion Brandon Valley (28-17) taking on Region 1A runner-up Watertown (28-25), followed by the Mitchell game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Hardhats from Post 22 are the defending state champions after defeating Mitchell in the championship game last year, and have won five of the last six state titles. Post 22 defeated Pierre 7-2 on Sunday in the Region 3A title game. In Region 1A, Renner won the championship with a 7-4 victory over Watertown at Watertown Stadium on Sunday, and the Region 2A championship was decided Monday, with Brandon Valley beating host Yankton 3-0.
The double-elimination state tournament will include four games on Saturday, with the Rapid City Post 22/Yankton winner taking on the Watertown/Brandon Valley winner at 5 p.m., followed by Renner or Pierre taking on Mitchell or the wild-card game winner. Three games on Sunday and two games on Monday. The championship series will be held Tuesday, with the initial championship game at 1 p.m., and an if necessary game to follow.
Mitchell, which has finished second in the state tournament in each of the last two years, is hosting the Class A tournament for the first time since 2010.
Class A state Legion baseball
At Cadwell Park, Mitchell
First round -- Friday
G1: Rapid City Post 22 (44-13) vs. Yankton (24-21), 10 a.m.
G2: Renner (32-22) vs. Pierre (22-21), 12:30 p.m.*
G3: Watertown (28-25) vs. Brandon Valley (28-17), 5 p.m.
G4: Harrisburg (19-26) /Brookings (17-21) winner vs. Mitchell (32-15), 7:30 p.m.*
G5: G1 loser vs. G3 loser, 10 a.m.
G6: G2 loser vs. G4 loser, 12:30 p.m.*
G7: Rapid City Post 22/Yankton winner vs. Watertown/Brandon Valley winner, 5 p.m.
G8: Renner/Pierre winner vs. Harrisburg/Brookings/Mitchell winner, 7:30 p.m.*
G9: G6 winner vs. G7 loser, 1 p.m.
G10: G5 winner vs. G8 loser, 3:30 p.m.*
G11: G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 7 p.m.
(Matchups subject to be flipped)
G12: G9 or G10 winner vs. G11 loser, 4 p.m.
G13: G9 or G10 winner vs. G11 winner, 6:30 p.m.*
G14: Championship game, 1 p.m.
G15: If necessary championship game, 3:30 p.m.*