The Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball team opened the weekend with a comeback-win on Friday afternoon.
The Hardhats scored three seventh-inning runs on its way to a narrow 6-5 win over Sioux Falls East at the Birdcage in Sioux Falls.
Post 22 found the scoreboard first as Riley McSherry scored on a Zach Solano single to left field in the top half of the third inning. Solano and Connor Deming scored on errors a short time later to give the Hardhats a 3-0 advantage.
Sioux Falls East scored its first run of the game in the third, before tying the game at three runs apiece with a pair of runs in the fourth.
East took the lead in the fifth inning as Matt Graham and Josh Nevin scored on a Cooper Bowman error.
The Hardhats capitalized on their last offensive opportunity as they tied the game at five runs apiece as Deming and Matt Vickers scored on a Timmy Paris single to left field.
Bowman made up for his late error when he gave the Hardhats the lead for good as he ripped the game-winning single to center field, scoring Erik Petry from second base.
Tommy Wahl picked up the win on the mound for the Hardhats, allowing just one hit and two runs in the final 3 1/3 innings of the game.
Paris led the way for Post 22 offensively with one hit and two RBIs. McSherry, Deming and Vickers chipped in with two hits apiece.
Graham paced Sioux Falls East with two RBIs.
The Hardhats improve to 40-10 and will take on Sioux Falls West in a doubleheader today at 2 and 5 p.m.
Stars stop skid with win over Watertown
Rapid City Post 320 snapped a three game losing streak with a much needed 10-1 win over Watertown on Friday evening in Watertown.
The Stars opened the game with a quick lead as Cullen Gilbertson knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly. Watertown answered immediately, tying the game at one run apiece in the bottom half of the first.
The Stars took a 2-1 advantage in the sixth on a Seth Brewer RBI single before extending their lead to 6-1 with four runs in the eighth.
With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Hunter Kiewel started the scoring run for the Hardhats on an RBI single. A short time later, Connor Burgess chipped in with a two-RBI single and Post 320 closed out the inning with a 6-1 lead after a Watertown error.
The Stars put the game out of reach with four more runs in the top half of the ninth, including an error, a Brewer two-RBI triple and another run on a fielder’s choice.
Curtis Stahlecker got the start for the Stars, giving up just one run on seven hits while striking out five batters in seven innings.
Brewer led the Stars with three RBIs, while Burgess chipped in with two RBIs and Brett Beyer finished with three hits.
Post 320 (28-13) will play at Aberdeen today at noon.