Former Yankton High School and South Dakota State pitching standout Layne Somsen has retired after a seven-year professional baseball career. Somsen made two brief appearances in the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016. In his minor league career, he had a 20 and 9 win-loss record with a 2.69 ERA, while striking out 290 batters in 284 innings. The 30-year-old Somsen had a number of injuries during his pitching career and now lives with his wife and two children in Sioux Falls.
The National Football League begins its three-day draft this evening, with all the activities done on-line this year. There are nine South Dakota State University football players that either hope to be drafted or picked up by an NFL club for a tryout. Two former Yankton Bucks are on that list, punter Brady Hale and offensive lineman Evan Greeneway. SDSU senior linebacker Christian Rozeboom is listed as the 20th best prospect this year from the list of FCS teams.
The University of South Dakota has a few players who may be picked up later this weekend by NFL teams.