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Legion roundup for Aug. 1: Gregory County tops Winner/Colome to stay alive in Legion Class B state tourney

Gregory County, Vermillion and Winner/Colome remain in contention for a state title.

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Gregory County's Rylan Peck sprints home during a winner's bracket game at the South Dakota American Legion Class B state baseball tournament on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Gregory Ballpark in Gregory.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic
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GREGORY S.D. — Gregory County lived to see another day in the South Dakota American Legion Class B state baseball tournament after beating Winner/Colome 9-3 on Monday.

Noah Bearshield fired a complete game for Gregory County, allowing three runs and four hits, while striking out four over his seven innings of work.

Winner/Colome struck first with a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout from Pierce Nelson, but Gregory County countered with two of its own in the top of the second to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Gregory County added three in the fourth, two of which came off an RBI single from Gannon Thomas.

Aiden Barfuss homered for the fourth straight tournament game in the bottom of the fourth when he hit a solo home run to center field to cut the deficit to three, but an error from Winner/Colome in the top of the fifth resulted in another run for Gregory County and put Ben Witt on third, who eventually scored. Two more errors in the top of the fifth gave Gregory County two more runs and a 9-2 lead, putting the game out of reach.

Gunnar Stephens accounted for three of the 10 Gregory County hits, going 3-for-4 in the win, while Thomas notched a pair of RBIs.

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Errors plagued Winner/Colome all game, committing seven on the night, which resulted in four of the nine Gregory County runs being unearned. Gregory County only committed two errors during the ball game.

The win keeps Gregory County’s hopes for a South Dakota Legion Class B state championship alive. On Tuesday at 10 a.m. Gregory County will take on Vermillion, who beat Redfield 13-2 on Monday.

The winner of that game will go on to play Winner/Colome in a winner-take-all, one-game championship an hour after the first game ends. Both games will take place in Gregory.

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