Tabor jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning and coasted to a 9-0 victory over the Yankton Juniors in the third place game of the Kyle Mueller Memorial First Dakota Classic, held Sunday at Riverside Field at Bob Tereshinski Stadium in Yankton.
Joey Slama doubled and singled, and Mace Merkwan had two hits and two RBI for Tabor. Christian Uecker doubled. John Kubal had a hit and two RBI, and Tanner Van Driel and Beau Rothschadl each had a hit in the win.
Jayden Lightner doubled and Trevor Fitzgerald singled for Yankton.
Merkwan went the distance in the win, striking out eight in the five-inning contest. Kaden Luellman took the loss.
The Yankton Juniors, 4-4, hosts the Sioux Falls East American squad on Tuesday. Start time for the twinbill is 5 p.m.
Fifth: Crofton 13, Hartington 1
Ghatlin Hegge doubled and singled, driving in five runs, as Crofton downed Hartington 13-1 in the fifth place game on Sunday.
Ted Bengston and Chase Lammers had the lone Hartington hits.
Four different pitchers combined for the win for Crofton. Dain Whitmire took the loss, striking out seven and giving up no earned runs in three innings.
Hartington hosts O’Neill on Tuesday.
Seventh: Vermillion 9, Chamberlain 5
Jacob Chausee went 3-4 with a double and two RBI to lead Vermillion past Chamberlain 9-5 in the seventh place game on Sunday.
Drew Thelen doubled twice, and Willis Robertson went 2-3 with a double and two RBI for Vermillion. Jacob Peterson also had two hits. Jack Kratz doubled. Connor Saunders, Dylan Thelen and Rylan Craig each had a hit in the win.
Jake Mutzinger, Carter Collins, Drayton Priebe and Caden Lenz each doubled and singled, with Lenz driving in two runs. Remington Rossow also doubled. Riggs Priebe and Cole Hickey each had a hit.
Gray Peterson picked up the win, striking out four while going the distance. Lenz took the loss, striking out six in his four innings of work.
Vermillion, 1-3, will host a pool in the Lewis & Clark Classic, beginning Friday at Prentis Park.
Tabor 4, Vermillion 3
Tabor scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a lead it wouldn’t give back on Saturday afternoon.
In the loss for Vermillion, Willis Robertson and Dylan Thelen both doubled and singled, while Jack Kratz also doubled. Thelen had two RBI. Jacob Chaussee went the distance on the mound in a losing effort.
Yankton 9, Vermillion 1
Behind another Caid Koletzky home run and a pair of solid pitching performances, Yankton Post 12 defeated Vermillion 9-1 in Saturday’s final pool play game.
After homering twice on Friday, Koletzky homered in the first inning Saturday. He finished with two hits and two runs scored.
Also for Yankton, Ethan Wishon doubled, while Matthew Mors and Michael Drotzmann both singled twice. Rex Ryken and Peyton Mueller both added a single.
Kieren Luellman pitched the first two innings with no runs allowed and four strikeouts, while Cayden Peterson pitched the final four innings with three hits allowed and four strikeouts.
For Vermillion, Nick Roob doubled, Connor Saunders singled twice, and Jack Kratz, Jacob Chaussee and Gray Peterson all singled. Drew Thelen took the loss.
Tabor 12, Crofton 3
Tanner Van Driel allowed one hit over five innings as Tabor downed Crofton 12-3 on Saturday.
Van Driel helped his own cause, going 3-3 with a double and two RBI. Christian Uecker homered and doubled, driving in four runs. Beau Rothschadl had two hits and two RBI. Joey Slama and Carter Uecker each had a hit in the effort.
Landon Wieseler had a hit and two RBI for Crofton.
Van Driel struck out seven in the five-inning contest. Steven Maibaum took the loss.
Crofton 5, Vermillion 2
Crofton took advantage of 13 walks to claim a 5-2 victory over Vermillion to open play on Friday.
Landon Wieseler had a pair of hits for Crofton.
Jack Kratz and Rylan Craig each had two hits, with Craig driving in two runs, for Vermillion. Jacob Chaussee tripled, and Dylan Thelen and Nick Roob each had a hit for Post 1.
Ethan Poppe picked up the win, striking out seven. Dylan Thelen took the loss, striking out eight but walking nine.
Yankton Juniors 11, Chamberlain 9
A six-run bottom of the sixth inning helped Yankton’s Junior Legion team hold off Chamberlain 11-9 in Saturday’s first pool play game.
Tony McGlone and Jayden Lightner both singled twice in the win, while Lightner scored three runs and Joe Gokie scored twice. Cameron Zahrbock added a single. Quentin Moser got the win.
For Chamberlain, Remington Rossow homered, and Riggs Priebe tripled, doubled and singled. Rossow, Jake Mutzinger and Carter Collins all scored twice, while Gavin Saxton took the loss.
Hartington 11, Chamberlain 10
In a game that saw a combined 10 errors, Hartington held off Chamberlain 11-10 on Saturday afternoon.
Hartington took an 11-9 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and held on.
Seth Wiebelhaus singled three times, while Brady Steffen and Dain Whitmire both doubled and singled. Whitmire also scored three runs and Riley Arens scored twice.
Whitmire was also the winning pitcher.
For Chamberlain, Riggs Priebe, Jake Mutzinger, Remington Rosson, Drayton Priebe and Dakota Munger all doubled, while Mutzinger drove in three runs and Gavin Saxton scored three runs.
Dell Rapids 16, Hartington 8
Dell Rapids jumped out to a 14-0 lead after two innings and held on to beat Hartington (Nebraska) 16-8 in five inning Saturday evening.
For Dell Rapids, Carter Gullickson homered and scored three times, Jon Wilhelmsen doubled and singled, and Mason Goeken doubled.
Four other Dell Rapids players scored twice, and Ty Wood got the win.
Riley Arens singled twice, scored twice and drove in three runs for Hartington, while Brady Steffen also scored twice. Seth Wiebelhaus took the loss.
Tri-Valley 11-0, Elk Point-Jefferson 7-1
ELK POINT —Tyler Goehring and Preston Fejfar combined for a no-hitter as Elk Point-Jefferson earned a split with Tri-Valley with a 1-0 victory in the second game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Saturday.
Goehring struck out 10 and walked two in his 6 1/3 innings of work to record the win. Fejfar struck out one of the three batters he faced for the save.
Goehring helped his cause, going 2-3 with a run scored. Andrew Nearman doubled, and Tyler Leif and Noah Larson each had a hit in the win.
Braydon Freyholtz took the loss, striking out six.
In the opener, three different Tri-Valley hitters had three hits each in an 11-7 victory.
Taelon Jenson went 3-4 with a double and three RBI, and Freyholtz went 3-4 with a double and two RBI for Tri-Valley. Gabe Krump also had three hits and two RBI in the win.
Nearman had two hits and two RBI, and Fejfar had two hits for EPJ. Tyler Goehring had a hit and two RBI, and Leif, Hunter Goehring and Myles Herrity each had a hit in the effort.
Jacob Madison picked up the win, with Jenson striking out three in 1 1/3 innings of relief for the save. Leif took the loss.
Lennox 10-10, Dakota Valley 5-9
NORTH SIOUX CITY — In a rematch of the towns that played in the South Dakota Class B club high school baseball championship this past Tuesday, Lennox swept Dakota Valley in American Legion baseball action on Saturday in North Sioux City.
Lennox beat Dakota Valley 3-0 in the high school final, played in Sioux Falls on Tuesday.
In Saturday’s opener, Lennox used an eight-run first inning to take control for a 10-5 victory.
Tyson Stoebner went 3-3 and Ryan Williams went 2-3 with a double and three RBI for Lennox. Mount Marty College baseball recruit J.D. Kirchner tripled in the win.
Nathan Rice went 2-3 with two RBI, and Samuel Otten had two hits for Dakota Valley. Ethan Redmond had a hit and two RBI. Eric Johnson had the other hit.
Holden Wagner pitched 3 2/3 innings, striking out two, for the win. Redmond took the loss.
Lennox scored four runs in each of the final two innings to claim a 10-9 victory in the nightcap.
Williams homered and doubled, driving in three, for Lennox. Wagner also had two hits and three RBI in the win.
Rice went 3-3 with a home run, a double and five RBI for Dakota Valley. Hunter Beving went 3-3 with a triple. Otten had two hits. Redmond doubled, and Jake Likness and Brenden Klasi each had a hit in the effort.
Gavin Sanculi pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief for the win. Klasi took the loss.
Ponca 4, Wakefield 2
PONCA, Neb. — Ponca outlasted Wakefield 4-2 in American Legion baseball action on Friday.
Gage McGill had two hits and Evan Anderson had a double and two RBI for Ponca. Brandon Kneifl, Hunter Volkert, Bubba Cabrales, Carson Fox, Cole Richards and Dalton Touney each had a hit in the win.
Julio Sanchez and Lucas Oswald each had two hits for Wakefield. Josh Lutt and Jakobe Mahan each doubled in the effort.
Anderson went the distance in the win, striking out nine. Lutt took the loss, striking out seven in his five innings of work.
Ponca, 3-0, hosts Lakeview on Wednesday.
Juniors: Wakefield 14, Ponca 1
PONCA, Neb. — Wakefield used a seven-run second inning to take control of a 14-1 victory over Ponca in American Legion Juniors baseball action on Friday.
Justin Erb went 3-3 with a double and three RBI for Wakefield. Jakobe Mayhan also had three hits in the win.
Grant Dorcey, Garret James and Caydon Phillips each had a hit for Ponca.
Anthony Lawrence went the distance in the five-inning contest for the win. Matt Logue took the loss.