The top of Brandon Valley’s lineup proved to be too much for Rapid City Central on Friday night at McKeague Field as the Lynx topped the Cobblers 11-6 in high school baseball action.
Jacob Adams, Nic Peterson, Lucas Lunstra and Cole Vanderbeek went a combined 10-for-12 at the plate with nine runs scored and eight RBI as Brandon Valley (1-1 overall) evened its record on the season.
Hunter LaCroix was the only Cobbler to get more than one hit on the night as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Cole Holzer went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Blake Stone scored two runs and knocked in another for Central (1-2 overall).
Central’s Ben Dingus took the loss while Troy Nelson picked up the win for the Lynx. The two teams played a second game on the night but it was not over before the Journal’s deadline.
Central is off until Friday when it hosts Sioux Falls Roosevelt in a doubleheader.
YOUTH HOCKEY: Team South Dakota defeated Fort Wayne, Ind., 6-3 in its final pool-play game at the USA Hockey National Tournament in Troy, Mich., to go undefeated in U16 pool play. South Dakota advances to the eight-team single elimination bracket as the tournament's No. 1 seed, taking on Team Utah at 6:15 a.m. MT.
South Dakota got behind early when Fort Wayne scored just five minutes into the game but Rapid City's T.J. Nolan evened the contest off of an assist from Bauer Anderson. South Dakota jumped ahead 2-1 with four minutes left in the first period when Patrick Merrigan scored with an assist from Nolan and Jayson Good.
South Dakota's Caleb Anderson scored with two minutes left in the first period, with assists from Jacob Cersosimo and Lucas Mutschelknaus.
Skyler Sutten put Team South Dakota ahead 4-3 in the third period off of assists from Dylan Ritterhaus and Spencer Riddle. South Dakota's final two goals came from Patrick Merrigan and Skyler Sutten.