The Yankton Tappers won two games this weekend at the Class A amateur baseball tournament in Brookings, defeating Castlewood 7-2 and then crushing the Sioux Falls Squirrels 12-1. Luke Bauske and Billy Mount were the winning pitchers for Yankton. Mitch Gullikson scored seven runs this weekend for the Tappers as Derrik Nelson and Gabe Leon each drove in five runs. Yankton’s next game will be Friday afternoon in the Class A state tournament in Mitchell.
Both Nebraska teams lost Sunday night in the second round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell. Winner-Colome ousted Wynot 6-2 last night. Lee Heimes had two hits for the Expos in the loss, and was given the Mark Mehlhaff Comeback Player of the Year Award after the game. In the nightcap, Plankinton outscored Crofton 10-7 as Nick Hegge paced the Bluejays with three hits and two RBI’s in the loss.
In first round play that ended Saturday at the Class B amateur baseball tourney, Menno blanked Clear Lake 10-0 as Macon Oplinger pitched a three-hit shutout. Saturday night, Flandreau eliminated the Freeman Black Sox 10-0. Tonight at 5:30, the Tabor Bluebirds meet top-ranked Alexandria in a second round contest.
Tyndall finished second in the Class B 16-under baseball state tournament in Garretson, losing to Canova 9-7 in the title game on Sunday. In the Class B Junior Legion baseball tourney at Groton, Wagner took third place Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Winner-Colome.
University of South Dakota junior Chris Nilsen brought home the gold Saturday afternoon at the Pan American Games in Peru. Nilsen won the men’s pole vault with a leap of 18 feet, 10 ¾ inches to edge out a Brazilian vaulter for the gold. Nilsen won the NCAA outdoor pole vault this spring and is a six-time All-American for the Coyotes.