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SIOUX FALLS -- When Garrett Gassman launched his eighth inning grand slam on Sunday, it put an exclamation point on Canova’s offensive explosion at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament. Gassman hammered the grand slam over the 310-foot right field fence and the Gang defeated the Flandreau Cardinals 10-2 in the title game. “I knew it off the bat,” Gassman said. “It felt amazing. That was my first home run in a state tournament. It was just awesome.”
SIOUX FALLS -- The Canova Gang is back. Canova — a community synonymous with small town baseball in South Dakota — captured its fifth Class B state amateur tournament championship on Sunday. The Gang knocked off Cornbelt League foe Flandreau Cardinals 10-2 at Ronken Field at Augustana University, which was littered with the red and yellow colors of the Gang.
The Mitchell High School boys golf team won't be lacking for experience this season. The Kernels return five players from last year's team that placed 15th at the Class AA state tournament. The five are all seniors or juniors and coach Mark Horan expects the veteran lineup to produce this season. "We are getting some good leadership out of these guys and a lot of them played in the SDGA Junior tour this summer," Horan said. "We are thinking we are going to be improved this year."
SIOUX FALLS—There were no shortage of runs, hits and errors on Thursday at Ronken Field. The Canova Gang had a bulk of the runs (19) and hits (22), while the Parkston Mudcats committed all the errors (eight). It added up to a Canova 19-9 win as it reached the semifinals of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament. It marks the first year since 2009 that Canova has advanced to the semifinals. Canova plays Garretson or Milbank at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a spot in the title game.
SIOUX FALLS—A familiar formula worked again for the Alexandria Angels. Alexandria made quick work of the Clark Traders 12-1 on Wednesday in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Ronken Field. Alexandria, which has won the last two Class B state amateur titles, received another strong pitching performance from Tyson Gau and its offense was too much for the Traders. Gau struck out nine batters, scattered four hits and gave up one run (unearned) in 92 pitches during his first outing since the district tournament.
SIOUX FALLS—The Dimock/Emery Raptors couldn't slow down the high-scoring Flandreau Cardinals on Wednesday. One game after erupting for a 15-0 win over Four Corners, Flandreau was at it again with a 13-2 win over Dimock/Emery in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Ronken Field. With the score knotted at 2-2, the Cardinals erupted for 10 runs on nine hits in the fifth inning to seize control of the game.
New name, same high-level basketball. The newly-renamed Hoop City Classic is Dec. 27-30, with four of the nation’s top-15 incoming seniors playing at the Corn Palace and the Sanford Pentagon. The schedule was finalized this week.
On Sunday, Mitchell Post 18 finished second at state. That statement seemed far-fetched in early July. Post 18 was 14-19 in early July, but it went 9-2 to get back above .500. Mitchell finished with a 30-26 record and placed second in the Class A state Legion tourney for the second consecutive season. Post 18 lost to powerhouse Rapid City Post 22 9-0 in the title game at Pierre's Hyde Stadium.
PIERRE -- Mitchell Post 18 couldn’t stop powerhouse Rapid City Post 22 from winning its 42nd state Legion title on Sunday. Mitchell fell to Rapid City 9-0 in the Class A state Legion title game at Hyde Stadium. Post 22 advances to the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Aug. 8-12 in Dickinson, North Dakota. Post 22 finishes the season 30-26 and placed second at state for the second straight season.
Last year, Ryland DeVries got the start for Mitchell Post 18 in the title game against Pierre Post 8 and it didn’t go as planned. On Saturday, DeVries did just enough on the mound for Post 18. “Last year, I come out and I had the championship game,” DeVries said. “It didn’t go how I wanted it. So I just wanted to do as much as I could for this team to make it back to Sunday.”