MITCHELL — “Relentless.”
That is how Wynot manager Lee Heimes described the Expos offense, which pounded out 17 hits and scored in every inning after the first for a 16-6 mercy-rule victory over Corsica-Stickney in the opening round of the South Dakota State Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament on Wednesday at Mitchell’s Cadwell Park.
Wynot advances to face Winner-Colome in the second round, a 5:30 p.m. start on Sunday.
Chase Rolfes had three hits, including a double, and Devon Lammers had three hits for Wynot. Jalen Wieseler went 2-5 with a triple. Lee Heimes doubled and singled. Dawson Sudbeck had two hits and three RBI. Dave Schmidt and Scott Morrison each had two hits. Jackson Sudbeck added a hit in the victory.
All nine Wynot batters had at least one RBI and one run scored on the contest. Eight of the nine had at least one hit.
Ryan Buck and Luke Bamberg each went 3-4 for Corsica-Stickney. Aaron Groeneweg and Blake Moke each had two hits. Gavin Zommer doubled and Kris Menning added a hit.
Jackson Sudbeck went the distance in the eight-inning contest for the victory, striking out six and allowing two earned runs. Ross Kortan took the loss.
“Jackson kept pounding the ball. He kept his composure,” Heimes said. “That’s what you have to do up here.”
Wynot took advantage of some early help to take the game’s first lead. After a walk and a Horned Frogs error to start the inning, Lammers followed with a RBI single. Dawson Sudbeck brought in another run on a grounder to give the Expos a 2-0 edge.
“We scored early, and that helped us a lot,” Heimes said. “We had tough, quality at-bats, and some great key hits. We were relentless.”
Corsica-Stickney briefly took a lead, as the first four Horned Frogs reached to start the inning on the way to a three-run frame.
Wynot got all three back in the bottom of the inning. A Jalen Wieseler triple and a Heimes double opened the frame. Schmidt and Lammers followed with RBI singles to give the Expos back a 5-3 edge.
After Wynot tacked on a run on a Kyle Wiepen grounder in the fourth, Corsica-Stickney tied the game in the top of the fifth. Three errors, a Zomer RBI double and a Buck RBI single made the score 6-6.
Wynot answered quickly to regain the lead. Schmidt and Lammers led off the inning with singles. Dawson Sudbeck singled to right to score Schmidt, but Lammers was cut down at the plate. But Dawson Sudbeck came around to score on a Rolfes single for an 8-6 Expos advantage.
The Expos broke the game open in the sixth, as four straight batters reached with two outs. A two-run single by Morrison, a RBI single by Dawson Sudbeck and a wild pitch resulted in a 12-6 Wynot lead.
Wynot scored two runs each in the seventh and eighth innings to end the game by the 10-run mercy rule.
Though the Wynot offense took care of business, the defense struggled with five errors, leading to four unearned runs.
“We need to play better defense (on Sunday),” Heimes said. “We had a little jitters today, but we need to come out against Winner-Colome and play defense, get some timely hits and score early and often.”
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