Post 70 Legion team bows out in Regional

Flandreau’s American Legion Post 70 baseball team concluded its season last week in regional play in Dell Rapids. The team lost to eventual champions, Dell Rapids, and to Garretson, falling out of further competition. Dell Rapids advances to the state in Gregory this weekend. Post 70 members are front, from left, Maddox Biever, Logan Voelker, Ethan Hoffman, Asa Eastman, Gary Moose, Sam Gassman, Tristan Peters and Karter Headrick. Back, Assistant Coach Braden Peters, Tanner Christenson, Paul Parsley, Tash Lunday, Tison Burggraff, Kelly Lewis, Matthew Gassman, Kolby Peters and Head Coach Mark Hoffman. They ended the season with 11 wins and seven losses.

Flandreau Post 70 saw their season come to a close in the Region 2B tournament, falling to Garretson 5-3 on July 19 in Dell Rapids. Flandreau fell to Dell Rapids, 17-9, in the first game of the tournament on July 18.

Dell Rapids 17, Flandreau 9
Flandreau led 9-8 through five innings, but gave up seven runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.
Dell Rapids scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Post 70 then tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Sam Gassman.
Dell Rapids would then score three runs in the top of the third to regain the lead. Flandreau scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Tash Lunday walked and then scored on a passed ball. Logan Voelker hit a single and then scored on a passed ball as well to make it 4-3. Dell Rapids pushed four runs across in the fourth to make it 8-3.
Post 70 cut the lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the fourth. Ethan Hoffman hit an RBI double and Maddox Biever hit an RBI single. Kolby Peters hit an RBI single for the final run of the inning.
Flandreau then took its first lead of the game in the fifth. Biever hit an RBI single and Lunday hit a two-run single to make it 9-8. Dell Rapids then pulled away in the sixth and seventh.
Hoffman was 4-for-5 with an RBI for Flandreau. Biever was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Lunday was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Peters was 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Garretson 5, Flandreau 3
Garretson got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second inning but Flandreau responded with a run in the top of the third. After a strikeout to open the inning, Ethan Hoffman singled and Maddox Biever was hit by a pitch, putting two runners on base. A fielder’s choice for the second out retired Biever. Kolby Peters then slapped a single to left field that scored Hoffman to cut the Garretson lead to 2-1.
Peters, the starting pitcher, worked out of a jam in the bottom of the third as Garretson loaded the bases with two outs before he induced a ground ball to end the inning.
Post 70 tied took the lead in the fifth inning. Tanner Christenson led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a ground ball. Biever then delivered a game-tying single that scored Christenson. Another ground out moved Biever to second before Peters ripped a two-out double that scored Biever to give Flandreau a 3-2 lead.
That score remained until the bottom of the sixth inning. After a strikeout to open the inning, Garretson put the next two batters on base with a single and error. A double then tied the game and extended the inning. Flandreau’s defense let them down and gave Garretson back the lead as back-to-back errors allowed two more runs to score.
With just three outs to tie the game, Post 70 opened the seventh with a walk to Christenson. He, however, was doubled up on a 4-3 double play for the first two outs of the inning. Biever got on base with two outs after being hit by a pitch but was retired on a fielder’s choice to end the game and the season for Flandreau.
Biever reached base four times, two with hits and two by being hit by pitches. Peters also had two hits including a double and had two runs batted in.
Peters pitched all six defensive innings for Post 70 and allowed five runs on seven hits. None of the five runs were earned, the result of seven Flandreau errors. Peters did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Flandreau finishes the season 11-7.


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