Canova beats Colman, Parkston also advances to quarterfinals at Class B tourney; Flandreau wins opener

SIOUX FALLS – Canova toppled Colman 7-2 in a matchup of Cornbelt League foes and Parkston edged Larchwood 5-4 as the second round of the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament began Sunday night at Ronken Field.

The Gang and Mudcats face off in the quarterfinals Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The first round concluded earlier Sunday as Flandreau drilled Four Corners 15-0 in five innings and Dimock/Emery dropped Canton 9-1.

The Cardinals and Raptors play a second-round game Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Madison beat Wynot 3-2, Lesterville cruised pass Plankinton 6-1, two-time defending champion Alexandria survived against Crofton with a 6-3, 10-inning victory, and Clark hammered Groton 17-2 in six innings.

The Broncos face the Broncs on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and the Angels take on the Traders on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Late Friday, Harrisburg beat Corsica/Stickney 5-0 in a game that ended after eight innings due to the weather. The Woodies play Lennox on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The tourney continues with a pair of second-round matchups today as Milbank plays Miller/Wessington at 5:30 p.m. and Akron takes on Garretson at 7:30 p.m.

Notes: The Cornbelt League led the way in the first round with a 5-1 record. The State Line League went 4-2, the Sunshine League 3-2, the Eastern Dakota League 2-2, the Pony Hills League 1-3, the South Central League 1-4 and the Northern Plains League 0-2. … Two of the 16 first-round games went to extra innings and three ended early, including two via the run-rule.


Second Round

 Canova 7, Colman 2

Trey Kreier pitched a complete game and the Gang put up five runs in the third inning en route to picking up the win over the A’s.

Kreier gave up two runs – one earned – on eight hits. He struck out eight batters and did not issue a walk.

Trevor Fruedenthal (double) went 3-for-3 and Garrett Gassman finished 3-for-5. Justin Miller was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and scored three times.

Miller drew a base on balls to lead off the game and quickly stole second. Fruedenthal’s single put runners on the corners.

Jared Miller drove in Justin Miller with a groundout to get Canova on the board.

Colman answered in the bottom of the second as Tim Kuphal singled with one away and scored on a two-out double by Jake Otkin, who ended up 2-for-4 in the game.

Canova countered with five runs in the third.

Tim Gassman singled to get it going. 

Two pitches later, Justin Miller smacked the ball over the wall in right field to put the Gang ahead 3-1.

Fruedenthal and Garrett Gassman kept it going with hits, before Jared Miller was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Derek Miller’s two run single made it a 5-1 game and chased Colman starter Ian Barker.

Both baserunners advanced on a wild pitch, before Jason Miller brought Jared Miller home with a fielder’s choice to put Canova on top 6-1.

Colman’s Paul Clark reached on an error and advanced to second in the bottom of the third. Mark Houck came through with an RBI single with two away.

In the fourth, Justin Miller singled and Fruedenthal followed with an RBI double to provide for the final margin of 7-2.

Deon Entringer took over on the mound for Barker in the third and kept the A’s in it, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over the final seven frames.

Entringer went 2-for-4 with a double at the plate. Adam Fritz also doubled.

Barker surrendered six runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in two-plus innings.


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Trey Kreier and Garrett Gassman; Ian Barker, Deon Entringer (3) and Aaron Entringer. W – Kreier. L – Barker. 2B: Canova, Trevor Fruedenthal; Colman, Deon Entringer, Adam Fritz, Jake Otkin. HR: Canova, Justin Miller.

 Parkston 5, Larchwood 4

Brady Nolz pitched a complete game and the Mudcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning without the benefit of a hit en route to beating the Diamonds.

Nolz gave up four runs – three earned – on 10 hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Nolz drew a leadoff walk in the seventh.

Jake Weber and Matt Malloy both laid down sacrifice bunts and reached on errors by pitcher Patrick Sinnema – Nolz scored on the latter miscue to make it 3-2. Weber and Malloy both scampered home on wild pitches to push the margin to 5-2.

Tyler Nolz walked and Riley Hoffman got the only hit in the inning as courtesy runner Dawson Semmler moved to third on a Sinnema error on the play; however, a line-drive double play and a groundout helped the Diamonds avoid further damage.

Larchwood put together a ninth-inning rally.

Scott Erickson walked and Brent Ripperda reached on a fielder’s choice. Micah Linn’s single put runners on the corners.

Cody Groskreutz’s groundout plated courtesy runner James Van Beek. Mitch Peschon hit a shallow pop-up and an error on second-baseman Malloy on the play allowed Linn to score.

Taylor Morris’ hit again put runners on the corners, but Koury Kramer grounded out to end the game.

Linn, who finished 2-for-5, led off the game with a single for Larchwood. Groskreutz walked and Peschon, who went 2-for-5, followed with an RBI single.

Hoffman opened the bottom of the first with a hit. Jeff Harris belted the first pitch he saw out of the park to put the Mudcats ahead 2-1. Both players were 2-for-4. 

Erickson doubled to lead off the top of the fifth and took third on a wild pitch. Ripperda’s RBI single pulled the Diamonds even at 2-2.

Parkston’s Spencer Lucas went 2-for-4.

For Larchwood, Morris ended up 2-for-4 with a double.

Sinnema took the loss after giving up five runs – two earned – on seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.


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Patrick Sinnema, Scott Erickson (8) and Brent Ripperda; Brady Nolz and Tyler Nolz. W – B. Nolz. L – Sinnema. 2B: L, Taylor Morris, Scott Erickson. HR: P, Jeff Harris. 

First Round

 Flandreau 15, Four Corners 0 (5 inn.)

Eight of the Cardinals’ 15 hits went for extra bases during the opening win.

Jared Campbell went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, four RBIs and three runs scored. He also tossed a scoreless fifth inning, striking out one batter.

Riley Johnson finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs for Flandreau, which broke open the game with nine runs in the fourth frame.

Starter Zach Weinandt gave up four hits with two strikeouts and a walk in four innings.

Johnson and Campbell opened the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back doubles to get the Cardinals on the board.

Bret Severtson, Beau Severtson and Johnson had consecutive doubles to get the bottom of the second underway, pushing the margin to 3-0.

Campbell walked and Nate Henry tallied a one-out RBI single. Campbell scored to make it 5-0.

Flandreau put up the nine runs on eight hits and a walk in the fourth.

Johnson singled and stole second. Campbell and Henry sandwiched RBI singles around Mitch Foster’s run-scoring double to extend the advantage to 8-0. Henry finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

After Keith Cutler hit into a fielder’s choice, Tanner Harris walked and Jake Patterson singled. Cutler scampered home on a wild pitch.

Bret Severtson added a two-run double – his second two-bagger of the game – to make it 11-0. Johnson stroked an RBI single.

Campbell then hit an inside-the-park home run as the Cardinals moved ahead 14-0.

Cutler singled to get the fifth underway and Wiese walked. Both players moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch.

Patterson’s sacrifice flight to right field plated Cutler to end the game via the 15-run mercy rule.

Adam Kaus took the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits and three walks in two innings. J.D. Farley allowed 10 runs on nine hits and two walks over the final 2 1/3.


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Adam Kaus, J.D. Farley (3) and Kris Dozark; Zach Weinandt, Jared Campbell (5) and Tanner Harris. W – Weinandt. L – Kaus. 2B: F, Campbell, Beau Severtson, Riley Johnson 2, Bret Severtson 2, Mitch Foster. HR: F, Campbell.

 Dimock/Emery 9, Canton 1

Jed Schmidt blasted a grand slam in the eighth as the Raptors beat the Aces. He finished 2-for-4.

Phil Johnson picked up the win after allowing just one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and a walk in eight innings. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate.

Jed Schmidt led off the game and, after Chase Hetland singled, scored on Jason Schmidt’s sacrifice fly.

Johnson singled and Jared Schmidt was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Gene Kitchens’ groundout plated Hetland to make it 2-0.

Hetland, who went 2-for-4, opened the third with a hit. Johnson drew a base on balls with one away, as he and Hetland both advanced on a wild pitch.

Jared Schmidt’s groundout drove in Hetland and Johnson scored on a wild pitch to put the Dimock/Emery ahead 4-0.

Canton’s Jordan Sehr led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and Devin Skiles, who ended up 2-for-4, followed with an RBI single for the Aces’ lone run.

Johnson had an RBI double in the seventh to put the Raptors ahead 5-1.

With one out in the eighth, Sam Pischke and Tyson Kayser walked and Tucker Kingsbury reached on an error.

Schmidt stepped up next and drove a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field for a grand slam that provided for the final margin to 9-1.

Jed Schmidt pitched a scoreless ninth for the Raptors, striking out two batters and walking one.

Canton’s Tyler Maxwell was 2-for-4 with a double.

Sehr took the loss after surrendering nine runs – eight earned – on seven hits and seven walks with six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. 


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Phil Johnson, Jed Schmidt (9) and Sam Pischke; Jordan Sehr, Jake Roskam (8) and Roskam, Austin Rhode (8). W – Johnson. L – Sehr. 2B: DE, Johnson; C, Tyler Maxwell, Sehr. HR: DE, Schmidt.


 Madison 3, Wynot 2

Brett Mogen threw four scoreless innings in relief and the Broncos pushed across the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Expos.

Mogen allowed just one hit and recorded three strikeouts.

With one out in the eighth, Jacob Giles hit a groundball to second base and reached on an error.

Mitch McNary, who finished 2-for-4, followed with an RBI single to make it 3-2.

Both teams scored in the opening frame.

Wynot’s Matt Sees, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, drew a base on balls to lead off the game. He moved to second on Don Whitmire’s sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on Jackson Sudbeck’s hit and scored on Lee Heimes’ sacrifice fly to left field.

McNary doubled with two away in the bottom of the inning. Matt Burpee, who was 2-for-3, stroked an RBI single to knot the score at 1-all.

Madison’s Nick Bird and Brian Miller, who ended up 2-for-3 with a double, singled in the second. Jon Waba hit into a fielder’s choice, as Bird was thrown out at third. Miller and Waba moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, before Heith Williams came through with a two-out RBI single to put the Broncos ahead 2-1.

The Expos pulled even in the third after Dawson Sudbeck, who went 2-for-4, Sees and Whitmore had consecutive singles.

Madison starter Brock Selgestad gave up two runs – one earned – on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.

Wynot’s Devon Lammers finished 2-for-4. Jackson Sudbeck surrendered three runs – two earned – on eight hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in eight innings.


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Jackson Sudbeck and Dawson Sudbeck; Brock Selgestad, Brett Mogen (6) and Heith Williams. W – Mogen. L – Jackson Sudbeck. 2B: M, Mitch McNary, Brian Miller.

 Lesterville 6, Plankinton 1

Alex Wagner pitched a four-hitter and did not allow an earned run as the Broncs beat the Bankers. He struck out 10 batters and walked two.

Dave Schmidt, who went 2-for-5, opened the scoring with a two-run double with one out in the top of the third. He sprinted home on Brandon Nickolite’s single to make it 3-0.

Jake Weier’s RBI double with two away in the fourth pushed the margin to 4-0.

Cameron Schiltz, who ended up 2-for-4, led off the fifth with a two-bagger. Ian Powell’s one-out single put runners on the corners.

Mason Mueller’s squeeze bunt plated Schiltz as the Broncs opened up a 5-0 advantage.

The Bankers pushed across their lone run in the bottom of the fifth.

Deion Waddle reached on an error with one out and scored on Travis Gant’s two-out double.

Schiltz added an RBI single in the ninth to provide for the final margin.

Lesterville’s Tyler Elder was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored.

Plankinton’s Tyler Waddle added a double.

Gant took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Josh Engquist tossed the final 5 1/3, surrendering two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and a pair of walks.


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Alex Wagner and Micah Bartlett; Travis Gant, Josh Engquist (4) and Trevor Boyd. W – Wagner. L – Gant. 2B: L, Dave Schmidt, Cameron Schiltz, Jake Weier; P, Travis Gant, Tyler Waddle.

 Alexandria 6, Crofton 3 (10 inn.)

Trever Vermeulen tossed a complete game and the Angels took control with three runs in the top of the 10th.

The right-hander gave up three runs – two earned – on eight hits with six strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Peyton Smith doubled to open the 10th. Cole Wenande laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached first on the play. Tyson Gau’s sacrifice fly plated Smith with the go-ahead run.

Pierce Smith kept the rally going with a two-out single. John Greicar’s RBI double made it 5-3 and Smith later scored on an error to push the margin to 6-3.

The Bluejays opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Scot Donner walked and Nick Hegge, who finished 2-for-5, singled. Back-to-back groundouts – the latter by Jared Wiebelhaus – allowed Donner to score.

In the sixth, Kyle Mueller singled, moved to second on Donner’s sacrifice and scored on Hegge’s single to make it 2-0 in favor of Crofton.

Alexandria put up a three-spot in the seventh.

Jordan Gau reached on an error, before Pierce Smith and Greicar singled to load the bases.

Armando Rodriguez came through with a two-run single. Jerrod Zen’s RBI hit with two away put the Angels on top 3-2.

Crofton pulled even in the eighth as Tyler Zimmerman was hit by a pitch, took second on Mueller’s sacrifice and scored on Donner’s single.

Peyton Smith (double), Wenande (double), Greicar (double) and Pierce Smith each totaled two hits for the Angels.

Donner took the loss on the mound after giving up six runs – three earned – on 12 hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 10 innings.

Wiebelhaus doubled.


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Trever Vermeulen and Chris Marek; Scot Donner and Carl Schieffer. W – Vermeulen. L – Donner. 2B: A, Peyton Smith, John Greicar, Cole Wenande; C, Jared Wiebelhaus.

 Clark 17, Groton 2 (6 inn.)

Lane Hovde went 4-for-5 to lead the Traders’ 16-hit attack as they rolled past Locke Electric. He drove in a pair of runs and scored three times.

Zach Toben did not allow and earned run in six innings, surrendering just three hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Leading 3-2, Clark rattled off 14 consecutive runs to end the game early.

Rhett Florey was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Jesse VanOverbeke finished 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Jay Huber ended up 2-for-2 with three RBIs.

VanOverbeke, Florey, Huber, Zach Toben and Andrew Wegner each scored twice.

Hovde singled to open the bottom of the first and later scored on an error to get Clark on the board. Kyle Braun had an RBI double. Zach Toben’s sacrifice fly scored Levi Sauder, who was courtesy running for Bryce DesLauriers (hit by pitch), to make it 3-0.

Groton scored both its run in the top of the second.

Ty Mulholland plated Seth Erickson, who reached on an error, with a sacrifice fly. Adam Herman added an RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-2.

VanOverbeke had an RBI single in the bottom of the second and Huber recorded one of his own in the third to put Clark ahead 5-2.

In the fifth, Wegner stroked a two-run double. Hovde and Florey tallied two-run singles. DesLauriers added an RBI triple, making it 12-2.

Toben led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and moved to second on a wild pitch. Brent Griffith walked and stole second.

Huber’s two-RBI single made it 14-2.

Later, VanOverbeke recorded an RBI double and Florey had an RBI single. 

VanOverbeke scored on an error to end game via the 15-run rule.

Groton’s Mitchell Locke took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits with a strikeout and a walk in three innings. Relievers Erickson (1 2/3 innings) and Austin Fordham (2/3) combined to surrender 12 runs – 10 earned – on 11 hits and three walks.

CLARK 17, GROTON 2 (6 inn.)

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Mitchell Locke, Seth Erickson (4), Austin Fordham (5) and Ty Mulholland; Zach Toben and Bryce DesLauriers. W – Toben. L – Locke. 2B: C, Andrew Wegner, Jesse VanOverbeke, Kyle Braun, Zach Toben. 3B: C, DesLauriers.

Late Friday

 Harrisburg 5, Corsica/Stickney 0 (8 inn.)

Aaron LaBrie struck out 13 batters and walked just one while throwing 8 1/3 innings of three-hit, shutout ball as the Woodies advanced.

The game was suspended due to the weather with one out in the top of the ninth. The Horned Frogs had the option to complete the game Saturday morning, but decided to concede.

Ryan Menssen (triple) and Brian Stoebner both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Drew Andela and Brody Kunzman added a hit and an RBI apiece. Kunzman scored twice.

Corsica/Stickney starter Aaron Groeneweg gave up five runs – three earned – on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Deric Denning threw three hitless innings, recording seven strikeouts and two walks.


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Aaron Groeneweg, Deric Denning (6) and Adam Fink; Aaron LaBrie and Ryan Menssen. W – LaBrie. L – Groeneweg. 3B: H, Menssen.

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