The Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball team continued to roll as it cruised past Pocahontas, Ark., on the fourth day of the 2016 Decker Sports CWS Baseball Tournament in Omaha.
The Hardhats took an early lead on its way to handily defeating Pocahontas 15-3 on Saturday morning.
Post 22 jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the second inning on a Zach Solano single to left, a sacrifice fly from Erik Petry and an error that allowed Matt Vickers and Cooper Bowman to reach home.
Pocahontas scored a pair of runs in the top half of the second, but was answered by an eight-run third inning from the Hardhats.
Solano led off the bottom of the third with a home run to left field before Tommy Wahl reached home on a fielder’s choice and Bowman scored on a Sam Haug single.
A short time later, Haug scored on a Drake Messinger single and Vickers knocked in a pair of runs with a double to right field to give the Hardhats a 12-2 lead.
Post 22 put the game away for good with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Brandon Saucy picked up the win for the Hardhats, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings.
Haug and Solano finished with two hits and two RBIs each, while Vickers and Cameron Fees chipped in with two RBIs apiece.
Post 22 (29-6) will host Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Stars split in Omaha
Although Post 320 lost a pair of games on Friday afternoon, it was able to split on Saturday, dropping an 8-6 decision to Moorehead Blues, Neb., before shutting out Millard Sox Seniors Gold, Neb., 10-0 in the Battle of Omaha baseball tournament in Omaha, Neb.
The Stars found themselves behind early in their opening game of the day, trailing 4-0 after Moorehead scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings.
The Stars cut the lead to 4-3, but couldn’t get any closeer as Moorehead added three more runs in the sixth and put the game out of reach with another run in the seventh.
Brett Beyer led the Stars with three hits, while Cam White and Cullen Gilbertson finished with two RBIs apiece.
The Stars offense showed up early in their second game of the afternoon, taking a 5-0 lead over the Gold Sox at the end of the first inning.
Post 320 took advantage of its early lead and added to it, scoring three more runs in the second before sealing the victory with two runs in the third.
Beyer had a dominant performance on the mound for the Stars, allowing just two hits while striking out four batters in five innings.
Beyer also led the Stars offensively with two RBIs and two hits. White and Gilbertson chipped in with two RBIs apiece for Post 320.
The Stars (20-10) will host a doubleheader with Sturgis on Tuesday with the first game starting at 5 p.m.