Beau Lofink struck out five batters during his complete-game shutout of the Sioux Falls Brewers, helping Yankton to a 3-0 win on Friday at Cadwell Park in the Class A state amateur baseball tournament.
Gabe Leon and Mitch Gullikson both had two hits for the Tappers, who finished with seven in the win. Yankton’s top-three batters -- Mack Hollingsworth, Leon and Derrik Nelson -- each drove in a run, too.
However, the Tappers were helped by three Brewer errors as two of their runs were unearned. Jeremiah Mauch took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out six in his six-inning start. Jose Martinez had two of the Brewers’ three hits.
Yankton advances to the championship game at noon Sunday at Cadwell Park. Sioux Falls plays the winner of Renner and Sioux Falls Squirrels.
Renner 12, Brookings 2 (7 innings)
Renner blew open a two-run lead with seven runs in the fifth inning en route to a seven-inning win over Brookings on Friday at Drake Field during the Class A state amateur baseball tournament.
The Monarchs racked up 10 hits, including Erik DeJong and Chaz Palmer both finishing with two apiece. David Borchardt hit a three-run blast to highlight Renner’s big fifth inning, while DeJong, Palmer and Corey Vasquez all drove in two runs. Kris Regas struck out six in his five-inning start to notch the win.
Marcus Heemstra suffered the loss for Brookings, giving up seven earned runs in four frames. At the plate, Todd Standish had a double during his 2-for-4 day.
Renner plays the Sioux Falls Squirrels at 11 a.m. today at Cadwell Park.
Squirrels 6, Sturgis 5
The Sioux Falls Squirrels jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning, then staved off Sturgis’ comeback to earn a Class A state amateur baseball tournament win on Friday at Drake Field.
Austin Serck nearly went the distance, tossing 8.2 innings. He struck out six batters, though nine walks and six hits resulted in five earned runs. Jaden Holzer hit a solo shot, while Seth Bjordahl had a three-hit game. Seth Peterson, Tyler Fields and Damon Baruth all had two hits.
For Sturgis, Jesse Kurtenbach hit a solo shot in the ninth, though Sturgis failed to score again. Tyson Lindekugel went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Dawson Penticoff added two hits. Zac Smith suffered the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) in five innings of relief.
The Squirrels play Renner at 11 a.m. today at Cadwell Park.