PIERRE – Zach Sumption tossed a three-hit shutout as Rapid City Post 22 beat Mitchell Post 18 9-0 in the Class A State American Legion Baseball Tournament championship game Sunday afternoon at Hyde Field.
The Hardhats went 5-0 in the tourney.
Post 22 (55-10) advanced to the Central Plains Regional, to be held Aug. 8-12 at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark in Dickinson, N.D.
The American Legion World Series is Aug. 16-21 in Shelby, N.C.
• Rapid City Post 22 9, Mitchell 0
Sumption needed just 83 pitches to post the three-hit shutout, striking out four batters and walking two.
Cooper Bowman homered and tripled while driving in three runs. Mason Messinger was 2-for-2 and scored twice.
Jack Sorensen opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Alex Weaver led off the second with a double and later scored on Ryan Schmidt’s groundout.
Bowman belted a solo homer to center in the third to push the margin to 3-0.
Messinger drew a walk to lead off the fifth and advanced on Matthew Hegre’s one-out walk. Messinger moved to third on a Bowman flyout before scoring on a double steal to make it 4-0.
The Hardhats put the game away with a five-run sixth.
Jace Caldwell reached on an error and advanced to second on the play. An error on Holden Jackson’s fly ball allowed Caldwell to score, as Jackson advanced to third on the play and scampered home on a wild pitch soon thereafter.
Ryan Schmidt walked and Messinger singled. Hegre had an RBI double and Bowman followed with a two-run triple to provide for the final margin of 9-0.
Mitchell’s Jackson Sadler took the loss after surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks in four-plus innings.
RAPID CITY POST 22 9, MITCHELL 0
Mitchell 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
R.C. Post 22 111 015 x – 9 7 1
• Rapid City Post 22 14, Brandon Valley 6
Trailing 6-4, the Hardhats scored five runs in fourth inning, four in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull away.
Tod Stephens went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Alex Weaver also ended up 3-for-3, driving in one run while scoring three times.
Zach Sumption (three runs) and Ryan Bachman (double) both finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Jace Caldwell totaled two RBIs, one of which came on a double. Cooper Bowman tallied an RBI double. Connor King tripled. Mason Messinger had an RBI and Jack Sorensen had the team’s other hit.
Branson Kuehl picked up the win in relief, allowing three runs – one earned – on one hit and six walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Starter Drew Messer surrendered three runs on two hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts in three innings.
Post 318’s William Brown (double), Isaac Buteyn and Jacob Johnson each totaled two RBIs.
West Struble, the second of five Brandon Valley pitchers, took the loss after giving up five runs – four earned – on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in two innings. He entered with two outs in the second.
RAPID CITY POST 22 14, BRANDON VALLEY 6
Brandon Valley 030 300 0 – 6 3 1
R.C. Post 22 040 541 x – 14 14 1
• Mitchell 8, Renner 7
Post 18 scored one run in the fourth and three in the fifth to open up an 8-5 lead and then held off Post 307.
Mitchell’s Austin Kerr was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Jared Miller (triple) Sam Michels and Brady Hawkins each tallied two hits and an RBI. Carson Max scored three times.
Rylan DeVries gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks with a strikeout in five-plus innings to earn the win on the mound. Jackson Sadler notched the save after allowing one run on two hits over the final two innings.
The Royals’ Nick Hoekstra went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, an RBI triple and a walk. Peyton Garbers drove in a pair of runs and CJ Stukel was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Justin Aldrich took the loss in relief of Garbers, surrendering four runs – three earned – on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts over the final 4 1/3 innings.
MITCHELL 8, RENNER 7
Renner 201 202 0 – 7 9 2
Mitchell 040 130 x – 8 10 2