Jim Lynam’s Springfield Platteview squad (Primetime Sporting Goods) hadn’t made a trip to an out-of-town tournament before.
The way they handled their first trip, they may become a regular occurrence.
Platteview capped a 5-1 weekend with a 15-2 victory over Blair in the championship of the Lewis & Clark Classic, Sunday at Yankton’s Riverside Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium.
Nine different players had hits for Platteview, including three hits each for Hunter Babe and Cade Lynam. Cade Lynam also drove in three runs.
Also for Platteview, Colin Lynam had two hits. Grant Thomas doubled. Jordan Mathewson, Caden Mathewson, Caden Johnson, Nathan Michaels and Sam Kennedy each had a hit in the victory.
Auggie Rasmussen and Jack Nielsen each had a hit and a run scored for Blair. Aidan Mohr and Gunnar Ogle each had a hit in the effort.
Jake Richards went the distance in the five-inning game, striking out three. Jason Stewart, who gave up four runs in three innings of work, took the loss.
The tournament trip was booked last November, a few months after the group of players helped Platteview to a runner-up finish in the Nebraska State American Legion Juniors tournament a season ago.
“We’ve got a great group of kids,” Coach Lynam said. “This (title) verifies what we thought: that we have some great baseball players and great kids.”
While it was a new experience for the players, they kept things in check.
“It was pretty crazy, but there were no late nights,” Richards said. “It was super fun.”
The championship game start was not what Platteview might have hoped. After stranding two runners in the top of the first, Blair scored two runs thanks to a pair of errors in the bottom of the frame.
In the second, Blair thwarted another Platteview threat with a double play, then got two one-out hits to threaten again. But a Blair runner trying to advance on a dropped ball on an infield fly call resulted in an inning-ending double play for Platteview.
The Platteview offense sparked from there, scoring four in the third, eight in the fourth and three in the fifth.
“We ran out of gas,” said Blair head coach James Bilslend. “We have a super young team. To go 4-2, win our division and make the championship is remarkable.”
Meanwhile, Richards retired the side in order in each of the final three innings. He credits his teammates for helping him get through the rough start.
“Our team has ridiculous chemistry,” he said. “We came back after that first inning, got the bats going and found a way.”
Platteview, now 13-4, and Blair (6-5) will meet again on Friday night in Springfield, Nebraska. In between, Platteview faces Willmar Tuesday and Auburn Wednesday. Blair travels to Wahoo on Tuesday and Elkhorn Mount Michael on Wednesday.
“Jim (Lynam) and I are friends,” Coach Bilslend said. “We try to schedule each other every year. We’re just 40 minutes apart.”
Though Blair does not bring home the championship ceremonial bat, its takes plenty from its tournament run.
“This helps us mature,” Coach Bilslend said. “It helps us understand that, as long as we play our game and take care of the small things, we can accomplish a lot.”
Blair 4, S.F. West 3
A.J. Bilslend went 2-3 with two RBI to lead Blair past Sioux Falls West 4-3 in the semifinals of the Lewis & Clark Classic on Sunday at Riverside Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium.
Caddon Keatts also had two hits for Blair. Jake MacDonald and Auggie Rasmussen each doubled. Colin Quick, Dex Larsen and Jacob Hank Sorensen each had a hit in the win.
Karsten Grove and Joe Lund each had two this for West. John Rogers doubled. Matt Fiegen, Carter Ades and Grady Gulbranson each had a hit in the effort.
MacDonald struck out eight batters over six innings for the win. Jason Stewart pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out one, for the save. Dylan Ryan took the loss.
Springfield Platteview 10, Norfolk 1
A nine-run fourth inning propelled to a 10-1 victory over Norfolk in the semifinals of the Lewis & Clark Classic on Sunday at Riverside Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium.
Caden Lynam had three hits, and Colin Lynam, Hunter Babe, Ryan Roesler and Nathan Michaels each had a hit for Platteview.
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