Daily Republic Sports
MOUNT VERNON—Zac Custer went 4-for-5 with a home hun, a double and four RBIs to help lead the Mount Vernon Mustangs past the Corsica-Stickney Horned Frogs 10-7 in a Sunshine League amateur baseball game on Friday in Mount Vernon. Chase Hetland added a home run and three RBIs, while Cameron Deinert had a double and two RBIs in the win. On the mound, Deric Denning picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Matt Larson. Dennings allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in six innings pitched.
PIERRE—In a tightly contested Legion baseball doubleheader, Mitchell Post 18 ended up earning a split against Pierre on Friday in Pierre. Post 18 rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 13-7 win in the first game, while Pierre battled back for a walkoff win 8-7 in the second game. It was a case of good and bad for Post 18 head coach Luke Norden, who said he hopes his team learns from seeing Pierre rally back from a big deficit to prevent Mitchell from earning a sweep.
The Mitchell Aquatic Club got off to a strong start on the first night of the team's home meet—the Corn Palace Invite—on Friday at the Mitchell Aquatic Center. MAC swept the top-four spots in the boys 9-10 200-meter individual medley with Christian Stange placing first with a time of 3 minutes, 27.63 seconds. Kane Grajkowske took second (3:38.68), Talon Fenski finished third (3:45.25) and Jordan Herrlein placed fourth (3:49.59).
The Mitchell Parks and Recreation Department will host the Mitchell area youth track and field meet on Thursday in Mitchell. Kids not in the youth track program may participate for a fee of $10. The meet is open for kids ages 8-13 and starts at 6 p.m. at the DWU/Avera Wellness Center. Registration is underway at www.cityofmitchell.org and registration closes at 8 p.m Wednesday. For more information, call the Rec Center at (605) 995-8450.
RAPID CITY—The Mitchell Post 18 junior Legion team rallied past Kearney (Neb.) 13-2 in a nine inning game on Friday at the Big Stick Tournament in Rapid City. Peyton Nash picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Brady Brosz. Logan Sparks pitched two innings of relief as well. Nash led the team at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Mitchell is 2-1 in the tournament and will play Billings (Mont.) today and Lincoln (Neb.) on Sunday.
WHITE LAKE—Fueled by a seven-run second inning, the Plankinton Bankers picked up a Pony Hills amateur baseball win over the Kimball/White Lake Nationals 14-1 (seven innings) on Thursday in White Lake. Tyler Waddle went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Chris Hill and Kyle Bruinsma each added two RBIs. Jon Beckman went 3-for-3 with a double and picked up the win on the mound. Beckman allowed one earned run on two hits with four strikeouts in five innings pitched.
The Lil' Kernel Volleyball Camp is Aug. 7-8 at the Mitchell High School. The camp is for players entering grades third-through-sixth this fall. The time is from 9 a.m. to noon and cost is $35. The focus of the camp includes the concepts fun, fundamentals and the game concepts of volleyball. Each camper will also receive a volleyball T-shirt and various participation prizes at the end of the camp. Send registration form and a check to Mitchell coach Deb Thill at 1512 E. Fifth Ave., Mitchell, S.D., 57301. Make checks payable to Kernel Volleyball.
RAPID CITY—The Mitchell junior Legion baseball team split a pair of games on Thursday during the first day of the Firecracker Tournament in Rapid City. Mitchell lost to Rapid City Post 22 8-7 in the first game and defeated Rapid City Post 320 11-1 in five innings in the second game. Against Post 320, Jackson Sadler pitched a complete game and struck out three batters. Austin Kerr went 4-for-4, with four runs scored and three RBIs. Brady Hawkins finished 3-for-3 and drove in four runs.
Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer coach Paul Bennett has resigned after one season with the program. Bennett’s resignation was announced by DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart on Thursday. “It was a family deal, his wife got a job in Sioux Falls and it just wasn’t going to work out with the commute for him,” Hart told The Daily Republic. “It was too good of job for her to turn down and he’s got young kids so that was the main reason. It wasn’t a bad terms deal, it was on his own.”
The Mitchell Post 18 Legion baseball team's scheduled doubleheader against Watertown Post 17 for Thursday has been postponed due to a wet field. No makeup date has been set. Post 18 will travel to Pierre for a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.