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Rapid City Post 22 catcher Timmy Paris (left) and pitcher Riley McSherry (right) talk on the mound during Monday's Camping World Firecracker Tournament game against Eden Prairie, Minn. at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Geoff Preston, Journal staff

The Rapid City Post 22 Hardhats had already secured a spot in today's Camping World Firecracker Tournament championship when it took the field against Eden Prairie, Minn. last night.

Now, it will play in a rematch for revenge.

The Hardhats lost their first game of the Firecracker Tournament 6-1 Monday night in front of a packed Fitzgerald Stadium, it was the first home loss for the Hardhats in 20 games, and the first home loss all year.

The loss brings both teams to 6-1 on the tournament, meaning they will face off for the Firecracker championship tonight at 5 p.m.

Although he struggled early, giving up two runs in the top of the first inning, Post 22 starter Riley McSherry settled down and gave up only eight hits and two earned runs, striking out two and walking two through six innings on 100 pitches.

Zach Solano came in for relief in the seventh and gave up three runs, two of them earned, on two hits and struck out one. 

Eden Prairie also added a run in the top of the fourth.

The Hardhats committed three errors, and of the six Eden Prairie runs two were unearned. Lucas Ferdinand, Walker Poz and Zach Sumption made errors in the game.

Sumption made up for it by scoring the only run for the Hardhats, with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 3-1.

That was the only offense Post 22 could muster. The Hardhats managed only four hits and the one run, as Trevor Divinski was masterful on the mound for Eden Prairie. He went the distance and struck out 12 batters, walking only two.

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In the tournament Eden Prairie has outscored its opponents 57-22 while Post 22 has outscored its opponents 55-23.

Post 22 falls to 39-5 on the season.

In other Firecracker action Monday, Rocky Mountain, Colo. topped Yakima, Wash. 4-2, Mountain West, Utah defeated Missoula, Mont. 7-4, Premiere West, Colo. pulled off a sweep by beating Missoula 6-0 and Las Vegas, Nev. 3-2.

In other action tomorrow Rocky Mountain will face off with Premier West for third place at 2:30 p.m., Mountain West and Missoula will face off for fifth place at noon. Yakima and Las Vegas will start the day with the seventh place game at 9:30 a.m.

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