The West Central Gold 14U teener team played four games at the I-29 League Tournament in Flandreau, finishing 3-1 and placing second.
West Central had two games on Friday, June 4th. In their opening game, they defeated Tea White 13-3. West Central scored two runs in the bottom of the second, but Tea plated three in the top of the third. West Central responded with seven in the third, and four more in the fourth to win on the 10-run rule.
Caden Alfson had two home runs and two RBIs. Carter Evans had two hits and two RBIs. Jacob Kono had two hits, one double, and two RBIs. Keaton Vessells had two hits, including a home run, and an RBI. Jack Sebert had a double and a RBI. Cain Grocott and Nick Lorang both had two hits. Sebert pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up two runs, both unearned, on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts. Kono pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing an earned run on a hit and a strikeout.
In the second game of the day, West Central defeated Castlewood 25-3 in three innings. They held Castlewood to just three hits. West Central scored six in the first, 12 in the second, and seven more in the third.
Vessells had a grand slam home run as one of his three hits and had four RBIs. Alfson had two hits, including a home run and a double, with four RBIs. Lorang had three hits and an RBI. Sebert had a hit with two RBIs. Grocott had a double and two RBIs. Seth Lind had a hit and three RBIs. Carter Evans and Zach Lorang each had a hit. Kono had three RBIs, and Evan Jaton had an RBI. Vessells pitched one inning allowing two runs, one earned, on one hit with three strikeouts. N. Lorang pitched two innings allowing an unearned run on one walk and three strikeouts.
West Central played one game on Saturday, June 5th. Alfson pitched a no-hitter as West Central defeated Hills-Beaver Creek Red 12-0 to send them to the championship game.
Grocott had three hits, one double, with two RBIs. Alfson had two hits, one of those a triple, with two RBIs. Sebert also had a hit. Alfson pitched four innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.
In the championship game on Sunday, June 6th, West Central ran into a tough Madison Gold team. Madison scored five runs in the top of the first inning and cruised from their as they defeated West Central 20-2 in six innings.
Alfson had a double with two RBIs. N. Lorang had the other hit. Vessells pitched one inning allowing five runs, none of them earned, on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Sebert pitched three innings allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits with two walks. Grocott pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing nine runs, one earned, on no hits with eight walks and a strikeout. Lind pitched the final 1/3 of an inning allowing an earned run on a hit and three walks.