Milbank American Legion Post 9 repeated as Region 1B champions Sunday, July 16, and are headed to the State Class B tournament in Winner in hopes of turning in a repeat state title performance.
The state tournament begins Friday, July 21, and wraps up with the championship game on Tuesday, July 25.
Milbank will face Spearfish Post 164 in game 2 of the state tournament Friday, July 21, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Other matchups in the opening round include Groton taking on Vermillion at 10 a.m., Platte-Geddes facing Dell Rapids at 5 p.m. and McCook-Miner-Salem battling Winner-Colome at about 7:30 p.m.
A complete tournament bracket for the State B tournament can be found by clicking here.
Milbank blew out Big Stone City 8-2 on Friday, July 14, during the region tournament at Legion Field in Milbank. The locals scored two runs in the fourth to take the early 2-0 advantage. Both teams scored a lone run in the fifth, before Post 9 plated three runs in the sixth to go ahead 6-2. The surge was led by a double by Jake Karges and a single by Jake Fox. Milbank sealed the win with two more runs in the seventh.
Post 9 scored its eight runs on 10 hits. Jonny Ash, Dom Boerger and Karges led the locals with two hits each. Dylan Johnson, Mitch Quade, Fox and Kacen Huber added one hit apiece in the contest.
Boerger earned the pitching win for Post 9. He tossed six innings giving up two runs, seven hits and two walks and striking out nine batters. Quade recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Milbank.
Milbank then faced Castlewood in semi-final action and rolled to a 8-3 victory to advance to the championship tilt.
Post 9 was slow and steady. The locals scored one run in the second, third, and fourth innings. Castlewood answered with three big runs in the fifth. With the score tied at 3-3, Karges pounded out a home run, driving in one run to take the lead at 4-3. Milbank then used a big sixth inning to put the game out of reach. A home run by Boerger and a big single by Karges sparked the locals with four runs to widen the gap to 8-3, where the score would remain until the finish.
Boerger and Karges led Post 9 with three hits each. Ash and Tanner Bock followed with two hits each, and Johnson, Quade and Huber added one hit apiece in Milbank 13 hit contest.
Johnson went the distance for Milbank. He struck out nine batters and gave up five hits, three runs and no walks.
Milbank gave baseball fans a great show in the championship tilt with Castlewood Sunday, July 16. Milbank took the game with a 10-9 walk-off by Boerger.
Post 9 took the early lead with three runs in the opening inning. Castlewood chipped away at the advantage with one run in the third and fourth innings and took away the lead at 4-3 with two runs in the fifth.
The teams evened the score up at 5-5 after six innings of play, and again at 9-9 after eight. Milbank snatched the win in the eighth with a walkoff.
Milbank scored their 10 runs on 12 hits led by Johnson, Boerger, Quade, Karges and Huber with two each. Fox and Tate Stricherz added one hit each in the game.
Ash secured the pitching win for Post 9. He struck out eight batters and gave up nine hits, eight runs and two walks in his six and a third innings. Karges recorded the last five outs to earn the save for Milbank. He sat down two batters and allowed three hits, one run and one walk.
Post 9 team members pictured, back row, left to right, Mitch Quade, Tanner Bock, Kacen Huber, Jonny Ash, Jake Fox and Tate Stricherz. Front row, Jake Karges, Dylan Johnson, Gage Sayler, Dom Boerger and Gabe DeLaRosa.