Seven teams each went 2-0 on the opening day of the annual Lewis & Clark Classic American Legion baseball tournament, which began Friday.
Sioux Falls West opened the Vermillion pool with wins over Vermillion and Tabor, scoring 26 runs in the process. Lincoln Southeast also went 2-0 on the opening day of the Vermillion pool, beating Omaha Concordia and Vermillion. Those teams play in the 1 p.m. game today.
Blair pounded out 34 runs in victories over Huron and Hartington to finish 2-0 in the Hartington, Nebraska, pool. Earlier in the day, Brandon Valley scored 25 runs in wins over Hartington and West Central. Those teams play in the 1 p.m. game today.
Renner scored 23 runs in wins over Harrisburg and Pender in the Crofton, Nebraska, pool.
Brookings scored just 13 runs, but held Norfolk and Plattsmouth to a combined five runs in going 2-0 in the Yankton pool. Springfield-Platteview, the defending champions in the tournament, won the final two games of the day in the Yankton pool, beating Yankton and Plattsmouth. Those teams play in the 3 p.m. game today.
No-hitters by Sioux Falls West’s Keaton Hartman and Pender, Nebraska’s Chris Rutar highlighted the opening day. Hartman struck out 10 in a five-inning 10-0 victory over Vermillion. Rutar struck out eight in a four-inning, 12-0 victory over Dakota Valley.
Play is set for 9:30 a.m. today, with championship Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. in Yankton. The winners of each of the four pools will advance to Sunday’s final rounds.
Norfolk 9, Yankton 5
Norfolk jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings and held on for a 9-5 victory over Yankton in the opening game of the Yankton pool on Friday.
Collin Zahrbock doubled and singled for Yankton. Levi Wiersma also doubled. Miles Carda and Sam Mooney each had a hit in the effort.
Mooney took the loss, with Cayden Peterson pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Brookings 5, Norfolk 4
Rett Zelinksy’s second hit of the game plated the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh as Brookings edged Norfolk 5-4 in the Yankton pool on Friday.
Zelinsky finished 2-4 with three RBI in the win. Tyler Kreutner also had two hits. Parker Rykhus and Jackson Krogman each had a hit. Justin Devine drove in two runs in the effort.
Carter Faltys doubled and singled, and Ryland Bates and Brandon Ellenwood each had two hits for Norfolk. Nolan Strand doubled, and Dylan Rodgers and Brett O’Brien each had a hit in the effort.
Christian Medinger, who got the final out of the top of the seventh, picked up the win. Jacob Schoon started, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Sam Jagels took the loss in relief of Gavin Schultz, who struck out six in his six innings of work.
Brookings 8, Plattsmouth 1
Tyler Kreutner and Jacob Schoon each had two hits as Brookings downed Plattsmouth 8-1 in the Yankton pool on Friday.
Cole Mahlum doubled, and Justin Devine and Jackson Krogman each had a hit in the win.
Aaronn Aho doubled for Plattsmouth. Connor Pohlmeier, Oscar Hinton, Sam Campin, Easton Hoschar and Max Waters each had a hit in the effort.
Caden Wright went the distance in the win, striking out five. Adam Eggert took the loss, striking out five in his five innings of work.
Springfield-Platteview 9, Plattsmouth 1
Springfield-Platteview jumped out to an 8-0 lead on the way to a 9-1 victory over Plattsmouth in the Yankton pool on Friday.
Max Waters went 2-2 for Plattsmouth. Clyde Hiton and Jacob Davis each had a hit.
Sam Campin took the loss.
Springfield-Platteview 7, Yankton 4
Jake Richards struck out 10 batters in six-plus innings of work, then Springfield-Platteview survived a rough seventh inning to claim a 7-4 victory over Yankton in Friday’s final game in the Yankton pool.
Grant Thomas doubled for Springfield-Platteview. Three other players each had one hit.
Miles Carda, Caid Koletzky, Collin Zahrbock, Ethan Wishon and Rex Ryken each had a hit for Yankton.
Wishon took the loss, striking out five in his five innings of work.
Brandon Valley 13, Hartington 4
Michael Chevalier had a triple, two doubles and five RBI to spark Brandon Valley past Hartington 13-4 in the opening game of the Hartington pool on Friday.
Connor Knecht and Parker Reed each doubled for Brandon Valley. Dayne Peyton, Thomas Scholten, William Brown, Hunter Marso and Jaxon Warkenthien each had a hit in the win.
Jacob Kaiser went 2-3 with a home run for Hartington. Chase Lammers also had two hits. Seth Wiebelhaus tripled, and Riley Arens, Sam Feilmeier and Carter Arens each had a hit in the effort.
Braden Wills picked up the win, striking out five in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Ted Bengston took the loss.
Brandon Valley 12, West Central 4
A seven-run first inning powered Brandon Valley to a 12-4 victory over West Central in the Hartington pool on Friday.
Lake Terveer went 3-3 with a double to lead Brandon Valley. Thomas Scholten and Joe Kolbeck each doubled. Dayne Peyton, Michael Chevalier, Connor Knecht, Parker Reed and Dawson Skorczewski each had a hit in the win.
Cooper Maras tripled and doubled, driving in two, for West Central. Caden Ideker, Clay Habben and Landry Knight each had a hit in the effort.
Hunter Marso picked up the win, striking out five in 4 2/3 innings of work. Micah Warrington took the loss.
West Central 9, Huron 7
Clay Habben doubled twice and Clayton Hanisch had two hits to lead West Central past Huron 9-7 in the Hartington pool on Friday.
Caden Ideker, Micah Warrington, Tyler Lundborg, Miles Mutziger and Carson Wittrock each had a hit in the win.
Cooper Maris struck out five batters of 3 2/3 innings for the win. Jonny Hernandez took the loss.
Blair 25, Huron 4
Five different players had two hits each as Blair rolled past Huron 25-4 in the Hartington pool on Friday.
A.J. Bilslend tripled and doubled, driving in two, for Blair. Auggie Rasmussen and Quincy Nichols each tripled and singled. Jack Nielsen and Ben Aguilera each had two hits, with Aguilera driving in three runs. Colin Quick homered, Treyton Jones and Aidan Mohr each doubled and Jacob Rodriguez added a hit in the win.
Max Kranzler tripled and doubled, and Steven Devries each had two hits for Huron. Jake Wehde and Payten Grace each had a hit.
Nielsen was credited with the win. Devries took the loss.
Blair 9, Hartington 2
Jack Nielsen tripled, singled and scored three runs as Blair defeated Hartington 9-2 in Friday’s final game of the Hartington pool.
Auggie Ramussen also tripled for Blair, while Caddon Keatts tripled and singled twice. A.J. Bilslend and Colin Quick both scored twice, and Matt Dreher was the winning pitcher.
For Hartington, Jacob Kaiser singled for the lone hit, while Kaiser and Chase Lammers scored the runs. Dain Whitmire took the loss.
S.F. West 10, Vermillion 0
Sioux Falls West’s Keaton Hartman tossed a no-hitter, striking out 10 in a five-inning contest, in a 10-0 victory over Vermillion to open Vermillion pool action on Friday.
John Rogers tripled, and Grady Gulbranson and Mason Ohnstad each doubled for Sioux Falls West. Karsten Grove, Aidan Thomas and Joe Lund each had a hit in the win.
Dylan Thelen took the loss.
S.F. West 16, Tabor 9
Ben Simonsen had two doubles and five RBI to lead Sioux Falls West past Tabor 16-9 in the Vermillion pool on Friday.
John Rogers and Mason Crow started the game with back-to-back home runs for West, and each later added a double. Karsten Grove doubled and singled. Matt Fiegen and Mason Ohnstad each doubled. Grady Gulbranson, Joe Lund and Ethan Behrend each had a hit, as all nine West starters each recorded a hit.
Tanner Van Driel doubled and singled, and Kaden Kozak had two hits for Tabor. Riley Rothschadl tripled, Beau Rothschadl doubled, and John Kubal and Zach Cuka each had a hit in the effort.
Connor Rysavy picked up the win, with Aidan Thomas striking out five in two innings of shutout relief. Cuka took the loss.
Omaha Concordia 10, Tabor 8
Jack Torosian went 2-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI as Omaha Concordia held off Tabor 10-8 in the Vermillion pool on Friday.
Karsten Mathsen doubled twice, and Ben Bowman went 2-3 with a triple for Concordia. Ethan Hergert doubled and singled. Ethan Bierman, Coleton Hanzmeier and Gage Kanzmeier each had a hit in the win.
Beau Rothschadl went 2-3 with two doubles and three RBI for Tabor. Riley Rothschadl, Tanner Van Driel, Kaden Kozak and Zach Cuka each had two hits. Josh Schmidt added a hit and two RBI.
Miguel Alvarez picked up the win in relief, with Coleton Kenzmeier pitching a scoreless seventh for the save. Trent Herrboldt took the loss.
Lincoln Southeast 7, Omaha Concordia 6
Lincoln Southeast used a six-run third inning and held on for a 7-6 victory over Omaha Concordia in the Vermillion pool on Friday.
Concordia scored four runs in the seventh to make the game close.
Coleton Kanzmeier and Braden Olson each had a double and two singles for Concordia, with Kanzmeier driving in three runs. Jack Torosian had two hits. Tony Bellus doubled, and Ethan Bierman, Karsten Mathsen, Ethan Hergert, Sam Schomberg and Miguel Alvarez each had a hit in the effort.
Ben Bowman took the loss, with Mathsen pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Lincoln Southeast 13, Vermillion 0
Brogan Zegers homered, scored three runs and drove in three runs to lead Lincoln Southeast past Vermillion in Friday’s final game in Vermillion.
Everson Ewoldt and Jackson Doty both had two hits in the win, while Andrew Duncan had two RBI for Lincoln Southeast which scored six runs in the top of the second inning. Jaxon Kirchgatter got the four-inning win on the mound.
For Vermillion, Dylan Thelen doubled and singled, while Nick Roob singled for the other hit. Justin Hall took the loss.
Pender 12, Dakota Valley 0
Pender’s Chris Rutar tossed a four-inning no-hitter, striking out eight, in a 12-0 victory over Dakota Valley in the Crofton pool on Friday.
Will Gatzmeyer went 2-2 with a home run and four RBI for Pender. Devin Hegge went 3-3 with a double and three RBI. Lucas Vogt had two hits, Brady Oliver doubled, and Hunter Ferguson and Nolan Ostrand each had a hit in the win.
Ruter walked one batter and hit two in the win. Ethan Redmond took the loss.
Renner 8, Harrisburg 4
Renner took control with a four-run second inning and held on for an 8-4 victory over Harrisburg in the Crofton pool on Friday.
Nick Hoekstra went 2-4 with a grand slam to lead Renner. Will Washenberger doubled and singled. C.J. Stukel also had two hits. Cody Rokusek doubled, and Sam Stukel, Zakk Evers and Mason Runia each had a hit in the win.
Jett Olszewski had two hits for Harrisburg. Payton Metzger, Tyson Kogel, Brady Bretzman and Jared Inskeep each had a hit.
Reece Arbogast picked up the win, striking out seven in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Sam Stukel struck out both batters he faced for the save. Seth Fisher took the loss.
Renner 15, Pender 5
Renner pounded out 15 hits — with nine different players each recording a hit — in a 15-5 rout of Pender in the Crofton pool on Friday.
Nick Hoekstra went 2-4 with a home run and three RBI, and C.J. Stukel went 3-4 with a double for Renner. Sam Stukel doubled twice. Will Washenberger doubled and singled. Andy Moen also had two hits. Daulton Vanderloo had a double and three RBI, and Reece Arbogast, Zakk Evers and Kobe Lien each had a hit in the win.
In the loss for Pender, Devin Hegge doubled and singled, while Nolan Ostrand doubled. Lucas Vogt, Brady Oliver, Hunter Fergason, Jaxon Masie and Sam Mailloux all singled.
Broc Schaefbauer picked up the win, striking out seven in the five-inning contest.
Harrisburg 11, Crofton 6
Jack Teigen doubled twice, and Jack Teigen and Jett Olszewski each doubled and singled to lead Harrisburg past Crofton 11-6 to open the Crofton pool on Friday.
Payton Metzger homered, and Troy Ljungren and Chase Lucas each had a hit in the win.
Ghatlin Hegge tripled and doubled for Crofton. Jared Hornback doubled and singled. Nate Wieseler, Landon Wieseler, Justin Potts and Steven Maibaum each had a hit.
Matthew Swanson picked up the win, with Olszewski striking out six in three innings of shutout relief. Maibaum took the loss.
Dakota Valley 5, Crofton 3
Dakota Valley scored the game’s final three runs, including two in the seventh inning, to claim a 5-3 victory over Crofton in the Crofton pool on Friday.
Jake Likness went 3-4 with a triple, and Ethan Redmond went 2-3 with a home run and two RBI for Dakota Valley. Eric Johnson also had two hits. Donald Whitlock, Cade Zeller and Jordan Smith each had a hit in the win.
Five different players had one hit each for Crofton: Nate Wieseler, Andy Knapp, Jared Hornback, Justin Potts and Christian Kleinschmit. Knapp drove in two runs in the effort.
Keaton Hensley went the distance in the win, striking out 14 and allowing no earned runs. Ethan Poppe took the loss, also going the distance.