High school baseball roundup: Honkers power through region bracket for trip to Class B state tourney
Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake moves to 13-0
PLATTE, S.D. — A dominant day in all facets helped send the Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake high school baseball team back to the Class B state tournament Monday in Region 4B tournament play.
The Honkers, which improved to 13-0 on the season, no-hit Lead-Deadwood in the opening round 10-0 behind a Hayes Rabenberg no-hitter in five innings before taking down Gregory County in the region semifinals by a score of 18-2 in five innings.
As the top-seeded qualifier from Region 4B, the Honkers are scheduled to play Madison, the No. 2 seeded team out of the Region 2B bracket on Monday, May 30 at Sioux Falls Stadium at a time to be announced.
Against Gregory County, PGDCWL built a 3-0 lead after one frame and scored 12 runs in the second to put the game out of reach. Six Honkers had multi-hit games, including three hits from Grayson Hanson, Dawson Hoffman and Jaxon Christensen, and multi-hit showings from Aiden Bultje, Caden Foxley and Joey Foxley. Hanson drove in four runs and Christensen drove in three in the win, with the Honkers banging out 18 hits. Hoffman was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and an unearned run in three innings, with Caden Oberbroekling pitching two innings of relief with five strikeouts and yielding an earned run.
Trey Murray had two hits for Gregory County, both going for doubles, as Bryce Frank was the losing pitcher for the visitors. Murray and Frank scored the lone runs for Gregory County, which has its season end at 7-8 after a 10-1 win over Chamberlain/Kimball/Lyman earlier in the day.
In the opener, Rabenberg had eight strikeouts on 70 pitches for the Honkers, while issuing two walks. Dawson Hoffman had three hits and three runs scored, while Caden Foxley drove in a pair of runs and had two hits. Oakley Kott scored a pair of runs in the win, in which PGDCWL had only six hits and benefited from four Golddigger errors.
Winner/Colome advances to Class B state tournament
WINNER -- Pierce Nelson’s three-run home run powered the Winner/Colome high school baseball team to the Class B state tournament Monday with a 7-2 win over Belle Fourche.
It was the second win of the day for Winner/Colome, which took down Rapid City Christian 13-3 to set up the state-qualifying showdown at Leahy Bowl. The Royals (14-1) will take on Redfield in the Class B quarterfinals on Monday, May 30 in Sioux Falls at a time to be determined.
Against the Broncs, Ethan Bartels posted the win on the mound, striking out six over six innings and allowing two runs. Charley Pravaeck had three hits in four at-bats and drove in a run, while Slade Cournoyer had a pair of RBIs, as the Royals picked up 10 hits.
Joey Cole earned the win in the first game against Rapid City Christian for Winner/Colome, Pravecek had three hits and Nelson drove in a pair, while Ashton Klein had a two-RBI game for the Royals.
Parkston heads to state tournament once again
VERMILLION, S.D. — For the first time since 2018, the Parkston High School baseball team has advanced to the Class B state tournament, powered by a 4-3 road win in the Region 1B playoffs on Monday night over host Vermillion at Prentis Park.
Parkston (14-4), which also has players from Ethan and Tripp on the roster, will take on the top remaining seed from Region 3B at the Class B state tournament on Monday, May 30 in Sioux Falls. The win over Vermillion avenged a 3-1 Tanager win six days earlier for Parkston, which helped decide the site of Monday's games.
Luke Bormann was 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in a run, along with Jay Storm. Max Scott and Taite Klumb each scored runs in the game, along with Storm. Ty Neugebauer’s strong effort on the mound led the way, throwing 6 1/3 innings and striking out seven, while allowing one hit and two earned runs. Kaleb Weber earned the save, stranding the game-tying run at second base with a final strikeout.
Parkston won an earlier game on Monday 11-2 over Elk Point-Jefferson to set up the contest with Vermillion. Parkston scored in each of the first five innings, including three in the second and four in the third to pace the win. Bormann, Neugebauer and Will Jodozi each had two RBIs, while Maddox Brissette had a pair of hits. Neugebauer also added a home run in the fourth inning.
Bormann was the winning pitcher, with five hits and two runs allowed in 4 1/3 innings, with Klumb covering the rest out of the bullpen with three strikeouts and one hit allowed.