The West Central 14U baseball team finished third at the 2022 South Dakota VFW Class A State Tournament in Winner. The tournament was held Friday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 24th.
West Central 6, Flandreau 5
The opening game on Friday was a close one for West Central against Flandreau. West Central was able to hold off a five-run rally by Flandreau to get the win.
Dylan Bettcher scored on a wild pitch in the top of the second inning to give West Central a 1-0 lead. Anthony Lanham had an RBI triple, CJ DenBoer had an RBI single, and Bettcher drove home another run in the top of third to extend the lead to 4-0. Bettcher then scored on an error in the top of the fifth, and West Central led 5-0.
Flandreau got two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 5-2. DenBoer had an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 6-2. Flandreau scored three times in the bottom of the sixth cutting the lead to one, 6-5. Flandreau got two walks in the bottom of the seventh and had the tying run on second, but could not advance the runner further.
Bettcher had three hits and an RBI. DenBoer had two hits and two RBIs. Lanham finished with two hits, one a triple, and an RBI. Nick Lorang and Alex Siemonsma both had a single. Jack Sebert pitched six innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Lanham pitched one inning and had two walks with one strikeout.
Lennox 2, West Central 1
In the semifinal round, West Central fell to the eventual state champions in a hard-fought 2-1 game on Saturday. West Central got a run on an RBI single by Lorang in the top of the second inning. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth. Lennox got two runs with two outs to take a 2-1 lead. West Central tried to tie the game in the top of the fifth, but Hayes Cain was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball to third base.
Lorang finished with a hit and an RBI. Bettcher had two hits. Cain and DenBoer each had a single. Lanham pitched six innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
West Central 22, Mobridge 8
West Central turned a 5-5 tie after four innings into a 22-8 win on Sunday to take third place over Mobridge. Both teams scored a single run in the first, two runs in the third and two runs in fourth for a 5-5 tie score after four innings.
West Central then scored two times in the top of the fifth inning and then 10 runs in the top of the sixth for a 17-5 lead. Mobridge avoided the 10-run rule with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that gave West Central another inning of offense. They scored five more times in the top of the seventh.
DenBoer had three hits, including a home run and double, with three RBIs. Lanham also had three hits, one a triple, and three RBIs. Sebert finished with two hits, one double, and three RBIs. Lorang also had two hits and three RBIs. Taten VanOverbeke finished with two singles and two RBIs. Jacob Kono had a double with three RBIs. Cain added two hits. Jacob Mallinger had a single, and Siemonsma had an RBI.
DenBoer pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on three hits and six walks with seven strikeouts. Siemonsma pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on a hit and two walks with one strikeout.