The Milbank Firechiefs are headed to the State B Amateur Baseball tournament after two wins in the opening weekend of the Eastern Dakota League District 1B tournament in Clark. The Chiefs downed Webster 10-1 in the opening round and knocked out the Castlewood Monarchs 11-7 in the semi-finals. Milbank now faces top-seeded Clark in the district championship tilt Saturday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. The winner will be crowned the District 1B champion and will head to the state tournament at the top of its league.
Four other teams from the EDL will also advance to the state tournament. Clark, Volga and Castlewood have already secured their spots and the last team will be the winner of the Sisseton versus Lake Norden game, scheduled for Friday, July 29.
On July 22, Milbank cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Webster Wood Dux. The Chiefs led 4-1 after three innings of play and extended their lead to 6-1 after five. A big seventh inning by Milbank put the game out of reach.
Tony Hofman and Ronnie Krause led the locals with two hits, one run, and one walk each. Ryan Conrad contributed two hits and two RBIs and Lance Frogner added one hit, three runs, one RBI, and one walk. Dan Karges found home plate twice and had one hit and one RBI. Jeff Fish and Travis Lester tallied one hit each.
Taylor Boerger led the Firechiefs to victory. He went the distance on the mound and struck out 14 batters and allowed just three hits, one run, and two walks.
Milbank defeated the Castlewood Monarchs 11-7 on July 24, to advance to the championship against Clark. Milbank trailed 2-1 after the first two innings but came back to go ahead 4-2 after four. A big fifth inning propelled the Firechiefs ahead at 10-3 before Castlewood answered with three runs in the sixth.
Hofman sparked the team with five hits, three runs, and five RBIs. He belted out two home runs. Frogner followed with three hits, one run, and one RBI. Rounding out the team totals were: Conrad, Jesse Krause, and Fish with one hit each. Conrad also had two RBIs and Lester and Ronnie Krause each added one.
Frogner collected the pitching win for the Chiefs. In five innings, he struck out five batters and allowed eight hits, six runs, and four walks. Fish came in on relief and earned the save. He also sat down five batters and gave up five hits and one run.
Milbank 10, Webster 1
Milbank 11, Castlewood Monarchs 7