The Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball team continued to roll as it picked up a 4-0 victory over Watertown on the second day of the 2016 South Dakota American Legion Class A State baseball tournament at Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls on Thursday afternoon.
Just like Wednesday night’s 5-1 win over Brandon Valley, the Hardhats didn’t have to rely on its offensive firepower to advance in the tournament, as Brandon Soucy took the mound and kept Watertown stifled throughout.
Soucy threw all nine innings, striking out five batters while allowing five hits and three walks on 113 total pitches.
The Hardhats didn’t score their first runs until the third inning as Riley McSherry and Matt Vickers knocked in RBI singles to take a 2-0 lead.
Justin Kraemer extended the Hardhats lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly that scored Timmy Paris from third.
Post 22 scored one more insurance run in the sixth, this time on a Carter Deming sacrifice that allowed Zach Solano to tag home.
Soucy struck out Watertown’s last two batters to put the game away.
McSherry, Vickers and Deming led the way for the Hardhats offensively with one hit and one RBI while Solano led the team in hits with two.
The Hardhats, 47-11, will play Sioux Falls East for a shot at the state title game today at 5 p.m.
Post 320 bounces back with win
After dropping its first game of the state tournament on Wednesday, the Rapid City Post 320 scored a 3-1 win over Sioux Falls West in the first round of consolation play on Thursday.
The Stars got the second inning started as Curtis Stahlecker and Cam White took bases on singles, while Seth Brewer reached on walk. A short time later, Hunter Kiewel gave the Stars the early one-run advantage on a fielder’s choice.
Sioux Falls West answered Post 320’s early run with one of its own to tie the game at one run apiece.
The Stars stepped up in the ninth as Cullen Gilbertson opened the inning with a triple before Devon Romey picked up the RBI single to take the lead. Stahlecker extended 320’s lead and put the game out of reach lead on a triple.
Stahlecker picked up the win for the Stars, allowing just a single run on two hits while striking out two in nine innings.
Stahlecker led the Stars offensively as well, knocking in a run on two hits. Kiewel and Romey chipped in with one hit and one RBI apiece while Cullen Gilbertson finished with two hits for Post 320.
The Stars (32-16) will play Watertown in the second round of the consolation tournament today at 11 a.m.
In the other games on Thursday, Brandon Valley stayed alive with an 11-2 win over Pierre in a loser's out game and Sioux Falls East remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Renner Post 307.