After Rapid City American Legion Post 320's 17-13 win over Miles City, Montana Saturday, coach Rich Downs wasn't pleased.
The Stars led 12-6 before Downs said his team let their foot off the gas pedal and let the Outlaws come back to take a lead before Post 320 took the lead back for good.
Sunday, the Stars stayed focused and didn't let Miles City come back after getting a big lead. Six extra base hits led Post 320 to a 14-4 win in five innings.
"We got a nice lead and instead of goofing off in the dugout and thinking it was over we stayed with it," Downs said. "I talked to them about, when you have someone down you have to put your foot on their throat and choke them out and we did that today."
Devin Jacobs, Carter Stonecipher and Camden Nayman had multiple RBI, while Zane Salley, Ian Krump, Dawson Penticoff and Wyatt Hunt also recorded RBI.
Salley had two triples during his 3-for-3 day at the plate.
"I feel like I am seeing the ball," Salley said. "We played really well the first game yesterday but then in the second game we lost focus when we got up by a lot and let them get back into it."
Miles City got the game started with two runs in the top of the first inning, but Post 320 responded with three in the bottom half of the inning. It then scored four runs in the second, six runs in the fourth and a Stonecipher triple scored Penticoff in the fifth to give the Stars a 10-run lead and send fans home early.
"We’re 3-0, it’s way too early to make big decisions but I like a lot of what I saw with our hitting," Downs said. "Our pitching was better than I thought with a few players, which was encouraging, but we’ve got a long way to go.
"There’s a lot of this mental game with our kids and they're still trying to pick it up. I think these kids want to learn, they’re excited about it and if we can get that done we’ll be okay."
Post 320 recorded four triples, and Salley said it's because the players are told to be aggressive on the base-paths.
"The coaches have been really good this year so I expect that we should do pretty well, the coaches have said 'it doesn't matter if we win or lose as long as we play well,' we’re just trying to play well until the end of the season, and I think we're in a good spot" he said. "If it’s hit to left our center field the coaches said it’s my choice, if I can make it go for it. I know I’m pretty fast, I’m leadoff batter and it’s working out pretty well."
Post 320 hosts the Cheyenne Mustangs Saturday at Pete Lien Field.
Hardhats sweep weekend series with Cheyenne Post 6
It took three runs in the top of the seventh, but Rapid City American Legion Post 22 was able to top Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 in the final game of a weekend series Sunday in Wyoming 6-4.
Post 22 scored three runs in the top of the second, but Cheyenne added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth to take the lead. The Hardhats scored three in the seventh and Jack Sorensen shut down Post 6 to get the win.
Jace Caldwell and Sorensen notched two RBI each for Post 22, with Connor King and Ryan Schmidt recording an RBI each. Zach Whitesell got the win for Post 22 by going three innings, giving up no hits, no earned runs, three walks while striking out two.
At 4-0, Post 22 will go to Spearfish Tuesday.
Stevens announces hall of fame class
Rapid City Stevens announced that seven former Raiders will be going into the Stevens hall of fame. The class will be inducted Monday, May 14 at the Sports Recognition and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 7 p.m. at Carold Heier Gymnasium.
Here are the inductees:
Paul Sterling, former activity director: He began his career at Rapid City Stevens in the fall of 1998. During his ten years at Stevens, the athletic teams won 54 Greater Dakota Conference championships and 42 State Championships.
Rose (Warne) DuBois: DuBois was Stevens’ Most Improved Gymnast in 1974, Most Valuable Track and Field in 1974 and 1975. She held the school record in the 400 meter run for over ten years, and became the first Top Raider Female Athlete in 1975.
Egon Dzintars: Dzintars was a three-sport athlete competing in football, wrestling and track and field. He was the State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion his senior year, defeating an opponent that outweighed him by one-hundred pounds.
Linda (Graves) Kushman: She was the floor exercise champion, and placed fifth in all-around at the State Gymnastics Meet in 1972. She recovered from injuries suffered injuries to place second on balance beam and third on floor exercise at the 1973 State Gymnastics Meet.
Steve Linstrom: Linstrom had a successful three sport athletic experience at Stevens. He was the running back for the 1974 Football Team Champions. In 1975, Steve wrestled on the school’s first state champion wrestling team and earned the 138 pound weight class title.
Gene Breemes: In the 1969-70 school year, Breemes was named as Stevens' first head cross country coach (boys and girls) and first head track and field coach (boys and girls). In the 12 seasons before his untimely death in the summer of 1982, the Raiders compiled 12 State Championships.
Richard J. “Doc” Michel: In the fall of 1970, Michel was hired by Rapid City Area Schools to teach business education. Carold Heier, the first activities director, convinced Michel to serve as the sports trainer for the Raiders. After 29 years, he retired from teaching, but continued to be the sports trainer and an assistant cross country and track and field coach.