Akron edges Volga 2-1 at Class B state tourney; Garretson, Lennox also advance

SIOUX FALLS – Akron edged Volga 2-1, Garretson dropped Menno 8-2 and Lennox outlasted Clear Lake 5-4 in 11 innings during Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament first-round action Friday at Ronken Field.

The night game between Corsica/Stickney and Harrisburg was still in progress at the Register’s deadline.

The Rebels and BlueJays face off in the second round on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Only One takes on the Horned Frogs/Woodies victor on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The first round continues with four more games today – Wynot vs. Madison at 11 a.m., Lesterville vs. Plankinton at 1 p.m., Alexandria vs. Crofton at 5:30 p.m. and Groton vs. Clark at 7:30 p.m. – before concluding with a pair of contests Sunday – Dimock/Emery vs. Canton at 11 a.m. and Flandreau vs. Four Corners at 1 p.m.

The second round gets underway Sunday night as Colman takes on Canova at 5:30 p.m. and Parkston faces Larchwood at 7:30 p.m.

 Akron 2, Volga 1

Jared Kirkeby pitched a six-hitter and the Rebels pushed across single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to beat the Cormorants.

Kirkeby allowed just one run – unearned – while striking out five batters and walking one. He threw 99 pitches.

Volga opened the scoring in the second.

Nick Strasburg and Josh Nelson led off the frame with back-to-back singles, and then moved up 90 feet on an error.

Brady Bury followed with a sacrifice fly to right to plate Strasburg.

Akron’s Scott Jacobs opened the bottom of the sixth by drawing a base on balls, moved to second on Austin Allard’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Dan Smith’s two-out single to knot the score at 1-1.

Randall Waterbury started the seventh-inning rally with a one-out single and Nick Meisinger followed with a walk.

Tyler Candor, who finished 2-for-4, had an RBI single soon thereafter to put the Rebels ahead 2-1.

Cole Gross was the tough-luck loser after giving up two runs on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Austin Chase threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, walking three.

Zack Puetz went 3-for-4. Chase had Volga’s other hit.


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Cole Gross, Austin Chase (7) and Layne Lucas; Jared Kirkeby and Tanner Bundy. W – Kirkeby. L – Gross. 

 Garretson 8, Menno 2

Derek Fischer tossed a five-hitter, allowing two runs with eight strikeouts and two walks, and the BlueJays’ offense provided plenty of support in the win over the Mad Frogs.

Brett Fischer went 4-for-6 to lead the 16-hit attack.

Sam Johnson and Jesse Brockhouse both finished 3-for-5. Nick Bonte doubled, singled and drove in three runs.

Bonte’s fielder’s choice plated Brett Fischer, who singled, in the top of the first inning.

The remaining nine runs were scored with two outs.

Menno pulled even in the bottom of the second on Tate Bruckner’s RBI single.

In the third, Mike Stephenson tallied a two-run single and Johnson added an RBI hit to put the BlueJays ahead 4-1. Bonte added a two-run double in the fourth to make it 6-1.

The Mad Frogs scored their final run in the fifth on Cody Ulmer’s single.

Garretson added a pair of runs in the ninth as Brockhouse and Brett Fischer both notched RBI singles.

Mason Oplinger took the loss after giving up eight runs – three earned – on 16 hits with two strikeouts and a walk in a complete-game performance.


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Derek Fischer and Brady Bonte; Mason Oplinger and Kyler Pekarek. W – Fischer. L – Oplinger. 2B: G, Nick Bonte.

 Lennox 5, Clear Lake 4 (11 inn.)

Drew Sweeter’s second double of the night was a walkoff with one out in the 11th as the Only One beat the Slough Sharks.

Tyson Stoebner opened the bottom of the 11th with a single. Sweeter connected on the first pitch he saw for a two-bagger to center, as courtesy runner Zack Lalsinger sprinted home from first for the winning run.

Sweeter pitched the final seven innings to earn the win, allowing two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and a walk.

Clear Lake put up two runs in the opening inning.

Cooper Gates walked and stole second. Fred Noem was hit by a pitch with one away and Tate Pope, who finished 3-for-4, singled to load the bases.

Trevor Cassels followed with a grounder, and an error on the play allowed Gates to score. Braxton TeGantvort’s two-out RBI single made it 2-0.

Lennox countered with a three-spot in the fifth.

Grant Sweeter, who ended up 3-for-3, singled, Tyler Leisinger was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Pingrey put down a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error to load the bases.

Grant Sweeter scampered home on a wild pitch. Jacob Elkins hit into a fielder’s choice, allowing Leisinger to score. Justin Reilly’s groundout plated Pingrey to put the Only One ahead 3-2.

With one out in the sixth, Reilly reached on an error and Sweeter doubled. Jared Fodness came through with a hit to push the margin to 4-2.

The Slough Sharks rallied in the eighth.

Pope and Trevor Cassels both singled to put runners on the corners. Pope scored on a double steal, with Cassels advancing to third on an error on the play. He scored on Justin Cassels’ groundout to tie things up at 4-all.

Lennox starter Brad Javers gave up two runs – zero earned – on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk in three innings. Fodness tossed a scoreless fourth frame, working around three walks while recording a pair of strikeouts.

Lennox’s Chris Kopenske doubled.

Clear Lake’s Matt Larson tallied two hits. He took the loss after allowing five runs – two earned – on 10 hits with 11 strikeouts and a walk in 10 1/3 innings.

LENNOX 5, CLEAR LAKE 4 (11 inn.)

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Matt Larson and Trevor Cassels; Brad Javers, Jared Fodness (4), Drew Sweeter (5) and Jacob Elkins, Tyson Stoebner (10). W – Sweeter. L – Larson. 2B: CL, Larson; L, Sweeter 2, Chris Kropenske.

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