Both Rapid City American Legion baseball teams were in action out of town Saturday, as the Post 320 Stars were in Pierre for the Border Battle where they lost to Bismarck, N.D. 11-10 and defeated Mandan, N.D. 10-0. Post 22 was in Colorado where in rolled to wins against Premier West Colorado 13-0 and 10-1.
The loss for the Stars was a heartbreaking one, as Bismarck scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off winners. It was the second loss to Bismarck over the weekend for Post 320.
The Stars started the game strong, scoring four runs in the top of the first and another in the third to take a quick 5-0 lead. Bismarck responded with a run in the bottom of the third, but three runs in the top of the fourth for Post 320 seemed to put the game out of reach.
Inning by inning Bismarck climbed back into the game. Down 8-1 it scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth, Post scored a run in the top of the fifth, Bismarck scored two in the bottom of the inning and Post 320 scored another run in the top of the sixth.
Bismarck scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and held Post 320 scoreless in the seventh. Trailing 10-7 Bismarck put together a big inning for the win.
The second game was easier for Post 320, as the Stars got a complete game shutout from Ian Krump in a game that only lasted five innings. Krump struck out four and gave up only five Mandan hits.
The Stars scored in all five innings, but were aided by five runs in the first.
Post 320 leaves the Border Battle with a 16-7 record and will host Sioux Falls West Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Post 22 swept a doubleheader against Premier West Colorado, with the first game being closer than the 13-0 final score indicated.
The Hardhats didn't score until the top of the third when they scored two runs, and score two more the next inning. They scored a run in the top of the sixth before exploding for eight runs in the seventh.
Zach Sumption homered for Post 22 while Riley McSherry went six innings, giving up just three hits. Tommy Wahl shut the door in the seventh to secure the win.
In the second game Post 22 led 5-1 by the end of the third inning and scored five runs in the sixth. Walker Paz homered while Kolton Scherbenske went five innings, giving up seven hits, one run and striking out six. Trey Eberlein pitched the last two inning and gave up only one hit while striking out four.
Post 22 is now 21-2 and will take on Premier West Colorado again today in a doubleheader that begins at 9:30 a.m.
The Hardhats will return to Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium Friday where it will begin a weekend series against Albuquerque, N.M.