Renner stays perfect at Class A state Legion in early Monday win
With eight runs in the fifth inning in a game that ended early Monday morning, Renner Post 307 busted open a 3-3 game and cruised to an 13-3, six-inning victory over Yankton Post 12 in a contest between the last two unbeaten teams in the Class A state Legion baseball tournament at Cadwell Park.
After three wins to start the tournament, the victory puts Renner in the driver’s seat in the Class A tournament. The Royals (35-22) will face Brandon Valley (30-18) in Monday’s nightcap contest, scheduled for approximately 6:30 p.m. Yankton (26-22), after its first loss of the tournament, will take on Rapid City Post 22 (46-14) for the second time in the tournament in Monday’s first game at 4 p.m. Yankton won the opening-round meeting with the Hardhats, 4-1.
The game, which took on the brunt of two rain delays on Sunday but was finished in two hours shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, turned with the Royals’ surge in the fifth inning, in which Renner sent 14 men to the plate. Five hits, including RBI singles from Chase Merrill and Andy Moen, and an RBI double by Nick Hoekstra helped stretch the lead, aided by two Yankton errors.
Renner got right to work in the sixth inning to expedite the finish of the game, with the first three batters reaching base and Zakk Evers singling to center field to score John Kunkel and Zach Norton to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Daulton Vanderloo picked up the win for the Royals on the mound, tossing five innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (two earned) and striking out three. Kobe Lien pitched a spotless sixth inning for Renner. Hoekstra, Moen and Will Washenberger each had two hits, and Washenberger added two RBIs. C.J. Stukel had three runs scored in the victory.
Yankton was paced by Michael Drotzmann, who had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Owen Feser added two hits for Post 12, and Bailey Sage also drove in a run. Drotzmann was the losing pitcher, allowing nine hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Cayden Peterson and Samuel Mooney also worked in relief for Yankton, which only allowed six earned runs in the game but issued seven walks.