The Yankton Lakers scored eight consecutive runs and then held off Vermillion 8-7 last night in the opener of a Class A amateur baseball district at Riverside Field. Kieran Luellman pitched the complete-game victory for Yankton with nine strikeouts. Collin Zahrbock had two doubles and a triple for the Lakers, while Rex Ryken added three hits. Yankton will host the Sioux Falls Squirrels at 7:30 tonight, and the loser will face Vermillion on Wednesday.
The District 6-B amateur baseball tournament continues tonight with a pair of winners bracket games at the Menno ballpark. Top-seed Tabor faces Wynot at 6:00, followed by second-seed Menno hosting Crofton.
Steve Fejfar of Tabor is one of five standouts who will be inducted into the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Fejfar led the Tabor Bluebirds to a state championship appearance in 2011 and was part of four state titles with Sioux Falls and Vermillion. He has belted 12 home runs in state tournaments and will be honored August 8th at the State Amateur Baseball Tourney in Mitchell.
The Yankton Legion baseball team is the 13th seed in Class A, and will play a best two-of-three regional at Pierre starting at 5:00 today. Yankton enters the playoff with a 6 and 16 season record, while fourth-seeded Pierre is 27 and 16 overall. We’ll have the broadcast of both Yankton games tonight on AM 1450, KYNT. If the teams split this evening, a third game will be held tomorrow in Pierre.
Yankton will host the Junior Legion baseball Region 2-A tournament this weekend at Riverside Field. Yankton will face top-seed Harrisburg Friday at 8 p-m on the opening night of the double elimination tournament.
The Hillcrest Two-Day Qualifying Tournament started yesterday with 53 golf pros battling for honors. Coby Welch from Colorado fired an eight-under-par 64 at Hillcrest, one shot better than Hugo Bernard from Quebec. The Hillcrest Qualifier ends today and the four-day Hillcrest Pro-Am starts Thursday in Yankton.