The West Central 16U baseball team finished 1-2 at the 2022 South Dakota VFW Class A State Tournament and finished fourth. The tournament was hosted by Dakota Valley in North Sioux City Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th.
West Central 10, Flandreau 0
West Central earned a shutout win over Flandreau in the opening round of the tournament on Friday. After a scoreless first inning, West Central got on the board in the bottom of the second. Cain Grocott had an RBI groundout for a 1-0 lead.
The big inning game in the bottom of the third. Jesse Jost had an RBI single. Landen Holewa followed with an RBI bunt single, and then Hayes Cain scored on an error to make the score 4-0. Holewa later scored on a passed ball, and Grocott had an RBI single for a 6-0 lead. West Central then scored four more times in the bottom of the sixth. Holewa had a bases loaded walk, Will Nester had an RBI single, and Jost and Holewa scored on wild pitches to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Jost had two hits and an RBI. Holewa finished with a hit and three RBIs. Grocott had a hit and two RBIs. Nester added a single and RBI. Keaton Vessells, Maison Schuldt, Jack Sebert, and Jonathan Murray all had singles as well. Sebert pitched four innings and allowed two hits with four strikeouts. Cade Vanderwoude pitched two innings and allowed a walk with three strikeouts.
Tea 10, West Central 1
Tea got all 10 of their runs before West Central could score in the semi-final round on Saturday. The first run came in the top of the second, and Tea led 1-0 after three innings of play. They then had a five-run fourth inning. Tea got two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
West Central’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Jost.
Jost had two of the five hits and also an RBI. Sebert, Carter Evans, and Karson Vessells all had a single. Ke. Vessells pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on five hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. Cyrus Maras pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Alex Siemonsma pitched 2/3 of an inning.
Dell Rapids 11, West Central 3
Dell Rapids scored three runs in the top of the first inning for an early 3-0 lead in the third/fourth place game on Sunday. They added another run in the top of the third. West Central cut the lead in half with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Nester scored on a wild pitch, and Schuldt had an RBI sacrifice to the pitcher for a 4-2 score.
After Dell Rapids scored one run in the top of the fifth, they delivered the big blow in the top of the sixth. Dell Rapids scored six times to push the lead to 11-2. Jost scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh for West Central’s final run of the tournament.
Nester finished with two of the team’s four hits. Schuldt had a single and an RBI, and Ke. Vessells had a single. Schuldt pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed four hits, three earned, on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Holewa pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs, all unearned, on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Sebert pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed two hits with two strikeouts.