Mount Vernon, Milbank post first-round wins


MITCHELL – Mount Vernon and Milbank picked up victories during first-round action in the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Friday at Cadwell Park.

The Mustangs beat Larchwood (Iowa) 4-3 and the Firechiefs dropped Chamberlain 5-1.

Mount Vernon and Milbank face off on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the second round.

The Menno/Clear Lake game was suspended due to weather with the Mad Frogs leading 3-0 after four innings. It resumes today at 1 p.m. at Drake Field, followed by the Garretson/Groton matchup.

The first round concludes this weekend.

On Saturday, South Central takes on Northville at 11 a.m., Clark faces Redfield at 1 p.m., Canova and Akron square off at 5:30 p.m., and Flandreau plays Freeman at 7:30 p.m. at Cadwell Park. On Sunday, the Dell Rapids Mudcats and Dimock-Emery take the field at 11 a.m., and Madison takes on Four Corners at 1 p.m.

The second round gets underway Sunday evening as Winner-Colome faces Wynot at 5:30 and Crofton (Neb.) plays Plankinton at 7:30.

 Mount Vernon 4, Larchwood (Iowa) 3

The Mustangs scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Diamonds.

Deric Denning earned the win after allowing three runs – two earned – on eight hits and eight walks with six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. He threw 170 pitches.

Cameron Deinert totaled three RBIs.

Briggs Havlik was hit by a pitch with one out in the ninth to begin the rally. Chase Hetland followed with an RBI triple to knot the score at 2-all.

Denning reached on a fielder’s choice; however, Hetland was caught in a rundown attempting to score for the second out. Eric Giblin doubled to keep things going.

Deinert’s two-bagger drove in a pair of runs to give Mount Vernon its first lead of the game at 4-2.

Larchwood rallied in the bottom of the ninth.

Chase Vanderfeen and Mitch Peschon singled with one away to chase Denning.

With two outs, James Van Beek stroked an RBI single to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Luke Tiesler struck out Brent Ripperda to end it. Tiesler was credited with the save.

Trent Roose took the pitching loss after surrendering four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and a walk in 8 2/3 innings.

The Diamonds scored in the first. Micah Linn and Cody Groskreutz walked. Linn advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on Vanderfeen’s sacrifice fly.

In the third, Linn reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scampered home on Peschon’s two-out single to make it 2-0. Peschon went 2-for-5.

The Mustangs got on the board in the seventh as Giblin doubled with two away and scored on Deinert’s single.

Deinert and Giblin both went 2-for-4.

MOUNT VERNON 4, LARCHWOOD 3

Mount Vernon 000 000 103    4  6  1

Larchwood      101 000 001    3  9  1

Deric Denning, Luke Tiesler (9) and Jay Thaler; Trent Roose, Mitch Peschon (9) and Brent Ripperda. W – Denning. L – Roose. Sv – Tiesler. 2B: MV, Eric Giblin 2, Cameron Deinert; L, Micah Linn, Ripperda, Keaton Grevengoed. 3B: MV, Chase Hetland.

 Milbank 5, Chamberlain 1

Taylor Boerger tossed a three-hitter, striking out eight and walking three, to lead the Firechiefs.

The Mallards’ lone run was unearned.

Milbank’s Jacob Jackson walked with one out in the second and Cole Gross bunted for a single. Both runners advanced on a groundout.

Brady Krause followed with a two-run single to open the scoring.

Chamberlain cut the deficit in half in the second.

Ryan Randall walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Jake Byre reached on an error and stole second. Evan Fleury hit into a fielder’s choice, as Randall was thrown out attempting to score. Mike Schwartz walked to load the bases.

Byre scampered home on an error with two away.

Travis Lester tripled in the fourth and quickly scored on Jackson’s hit to make it 3-1.

Lester, who finished 3-for-4, added a double in the eighth. Jackson reached on an error, which allowed pinch-runner Jacob Karges to sprint home. Jonny Ash, who went 2-for-4, added a one-out RBI single to provide for the final margin.

The Mallards’ Mike Schwartz took the loss after surrendering three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks in seven innings.

MILBANK 5, CHAMBERLAIN 1

Chamberlain 000 100 000    1    3  2

Milbank         020 100 02x    5  10  4

Mike Schwartz, Cody Cotton (8) and Chris Schwartz, Jay Winter (8); Taylor Boerger and Brady Krause. W – Boerger. L – Schwartz. 2B: M, Travis Lester. 3B: M, Lester.

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