MITCHELL — Jake Weier put it matter of factly.
What was the difference in the game?
“We just couldn’t hit,” the Freeman manager said after Saturday night’s 10-0 eight-inning loss to Flandreau in the opening round of the South Dakota State Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Mitchell.
Not only did Freeman record only three hits (none after the third inning), but its defense committed five errors.
The Black Sox had two of those hits in the top of the first inning, but two Flandreau pitchers retired the final 16 Freeman batters.
“Our pitchers three pretty well, but we gave up too many bases,” Weier said.
Weier singled twice and Lee Scherschligt had the other single for Freeman, but the Black Sox struggled to mount a rally.
Deon Entringer, a pickup player from Colman, got the start for Flandreau and gave the Cardinals a dominant effort.
He allowed three hits in six shutout innings, with six strikeouts and no walks.
Zach Weber pitched the final two innings for Flandreau, which took full advantage of Freeman’s defensive miscues.
“You just can’t win with three hits, no matter if you have errors or not,” Weier said.
Carter Howell doubled, singled twice and scored three runs for Flandreau, while Bret Severtson singled twice and scored twice. Tanner Harris added a pair of hits and three RBI.
Flandreau’s victory sets up a Wednesday night 5:30 p.m. matchup with defending champion Canova, in a rematch of last year’s state title game.
Freeman, meanwhile, ends its season at the state tournament despite a 3-13 record in the regular season.
“We were 3-13, but didn’t feel like it,” Weier said. “We played better in districts, but we coudln’t make it happen here.”
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