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A late surge broke a 4-4 tie as Rapid City American Legion Post 22 stayed undefeated with a 7-4 win against Spearfish Post 164 Tuesday night at BH Power Stadium in Spearfish.

The Hardhats led 3-1 in the third before Post 164 scored three times in the bottom half of the inning for a 4-3 advantage.

The Hardhats scored a run in the fifth to tie the game, and then added two runs in the sixth and one in the ninth to lock the game up.

Spearfish threatened with runners on first and third in each of the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, but couldn't push across any more runs.

Cooper Bowman finished with three hits, four runs scored and one RBI to pace the Hardhats, while Connor King and Jack Sorensen both had a pair of hits each. Jace Caldwell and Sorensen had two RBI each for Post 22, while King, Bowman and Zach Sumption recorded an RBI.

Connor Glasford, Zach Kozel and Taylor Woods registered an RBI for Post 164.

Branson Kuehl, one of five Post 22 pitchers, earned the win on the mound with two scoreless innings, striking out four. Bowman picked up the save by striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth.

Post 22 (5-0) will take travel to Billings, Montana to take on the Billings Scarlets this weekend for a three game series. Spearfish, 1-3, will be at Gillette, Wyo., on May 19 for a doubleheader.

GILLETTE, WYO. 8, RAPID CITY STEVENS 3: Despite outhitting Gillette, the Raiders fell Tuesday at McKeague Field.

The Camels scored a run in the first, three in the second and one in the third before Stevens got on the board in the bottom of the inning. 

Three more runs came across the plate for Gillette in the fifth, and trailing 8-1 Stevens scored two more runs in the sixth, but it wasn't enough.

Stevens outhit the Camels 13-9.

The Raiders fall to 4-11 and will travel to Sturgis Thursday.

GILLETE, WYO. 7, RAPID CITY CENTRAL 1: The Cobbler bats fell silent, and Gillette rolled to a win Tuesday at McKeague Field.

Central got on the board first, with a run in the bottom of the first, but after that it was all Gillette. The Camels scored two in the second, one in the third, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Gillette outhit the Cobblers 10-9.

Central, 3-12, will take on Douglas May 15 at McKeague Field.

LEAD-DEADWOOD 11, TODD COUNTY 7: Chris Lipp hit five RBI as the Golddiggers bats came alive in a win over Todd County.

Eight Todd County errors also helped Lead-Deadwood's cause, as it started the scoring with three in the first. The Falcons scored one in the bottom of the inning, and the Golddiggers responded with two in the second and two in the third before Todd County got three more back in the third.

Leading 7-4, Lead-Deadwood kept its foot on the gas with two runs in the fifth and sixth, Todd County scored three in the seventh, but the Golddiggers held on for the win.

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Lead-Deadwood moves to 5-5 on the season and will come to Rapid City Thursday to face St. Thomas More at McKeague Field.

Youth softball

U16 Assault topple Adrenaline

The U16 Assault notched their second win of the season, edging the U16 Adrenaline 8-4 Tuesday night.

 A combination of walks and errors opened the scoring for the Assault, as Mariah Holder and Alexis DuBray crossed home plate. However, the Adrenaline bounced right back in the home half of the inning with three runs of their own. 

The Assault took the lead back for good at 6-3 in the top of the third inning with a pair of runs. Back-to-back walks by Kacie UnderBaggage and Brooklyn Ghents led off the inning. UnderBaggage scored on an RBI double by Emma Saucerman, and Ghents scored on a passed ball. With two outs, Holder and DuBray both walked to load the bases and Dani Seljeskog followed up with an RBI single. Taylor Luthy drew a bases loaded walk.

The Adrenaline responded with a single run in their half of the inning, but pitcher Jada Talbot was able to work out of the a bases-loaded jam with nobody out to keep the damage to one run.

The Assault tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the top of the fourth. Kailee Kirk earned a walk and Saucerman was hit by a pitch; both scored on RBI singles by Talbot and Tayah Ladson. The defense posted a scoreless bottom of the inning to make the lead stick.

Taylor Luthy and Jada Talbot split the four innings on the mound to notch the win. Offensively, the Assault were paced by Mariah Holder's two walks and 2 runs scored. Emma Saucerman also scored two runs, and Alexis DuBray was 1 for 1 with a walk and run scored.

The Assault are now 2-4-1 on the season.

Contact Geoff Preston at geoffrey.preston@rapidcityjournal.com

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