State tournament berths were on the line today in Sturgis as the most important games of the Region 3A Tournament were played at Strong Field ... the region champion and runner-up both earn spots in the state tourney in Pierre next week, so while winning a region championship is nice, making it through today is paramount ...
Up to Sturgis we go for the Mitchell-Post 22 game, pretty good crowd for a 2 p.m. start ... And Mitchell led this one 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth ... now 2-1 and Cooper Bowman manufactures a run with a single ... He steals second on the next pitch ... And then he takes off for third and is in safely, and comes home on the error as Post 22 takes its first lead of the game, 3-2 ... Bowman was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs on the day ... Bottom of the sixth now and Mitchell's Brady Hawkins slaps one back to the mound, but 22 starter Zach Chiolis barehands it and gets Hawkins at first for the out ... Bottom of the sixth now and Post 22 takes control as Connor King reaches out and touches this one to left field to bring in Alex Weaver and make it 4-2 ... After a couple of singles load the bases, Bowman slices this pitch to right field to score Mason Messinger and King as 22 goes up 6-2 and they end up securing a spot in tomorrow's region championship and a guaranteed berth in next week's state tournament with the 8-3 win.
POST 320 TOOK ON MITCHELL WITH THE WINNER EARNING A SPOT IN THE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP. 1. 3RD INNING, 2-0 MITCHELL, POST 320'S ZANE SALLEY LINES THE SINGLE RIGHT BACK UP THE MIDDLE AND INTO CENTER FIELD. BUT THE STARS WERE UNABLE TO BRING HIM AROUND. 2. BOTTOM 3RD, CAMDEN NAYMAN PITCHING WELL FOR THE STARS AS HE STRIKES OUT BRADY HAWKINS SWINGING. THE POST 320 FANS LIKING THAT PITCH. 3. WITH A RUNNER ON SECOND SAM MICHELS LINES THE PITCH INTO LEFT FIELD. THEY HOLD THE RUNNER, A HIT BY PITCH THEN LOADED THE BASES. 4. WITH THE BASES JUICED CALVIN HEGG HITS THE GROUNDER UP THE MIDDLE, DEVIN JACOBS FIELDS IT AND FLIPS TO THE BAG TO END THE INNING. NAYMAN GETS OUT OF THE INNING WITHOUT ANY DAMAGE BEING DONE. 5. 5TH, STILL 2-0 MITCHELL, CARSON MAX SMACKS ONE DEEP TO RIGHT FIELD, THIS BALL SAILS OVER THE FENCE FOR A 2 RUN HOMER. POST 320'S SEASON COMES TO AN END AS MITCHELL WINS 4-NOTHING. POST 18 SECURES A SPOT AT STATE AND WILL PLAY POST 22 FOR THE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP TOMORROW AT 5:00.
Brady Hawkins threw 6-2/3 innings of scoreless baseball to get the win for Post 18 in that one ... The Stars eliminated Sturgis with an 8-3 win in the second game of the day to set up that matchup with Mitchell ... Both Post 22 and Mitchell are now in the state tournament next week in Pierre, with tomorrow's winner taking on the Region 1A runner-up and the loser playing the Region 2A champ.