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Redfield moves into title game at Region 6B tourney

Kellan Hurd, of Redfield Clay Kiser Post 92, swings at a pitch during Tuesday’s American Legion Region 6B Tournament game against Wessington Springs in Redfield. Hurd had two hits and drove in three runs Wednesday in a victory over Clark. Photo by John Davis taken 7/19/2022

REDFIELD – Redfield scored multiple runs in each inning on the way to an 18-2 win over Clark to move into the championship game of the Region 6B American Legion Baseball Tournament on Wednesday.

Redfield needs just one more victory to return to the State B tournament where they finished runner-up a year ago. This year’s state tournament will be in Gregory.

Redfield scored four runs in the first inning, seven more in the second, five times in the third and twice in the fourth on the way to the victory.

Kellan Hurd had a pair of hits and knocked in three runs for Redfield, which racked up 15 hits in four innings. Keaton Rohlfs, Elijah Morrissette and Elliott Komraus each had two hits, while Rohlfs, Owen Osborn, Riley Fliehe and Nolan Gall each drove in a pair.

Redfield will face the winner of the Clark-Groton contest at 5 tonight. Groton won a pair of games to remain in contention in the double-elimination tournament and takes on Clark at 1 this afternoon. The winner will have to defeat Redfield twice in order to advance to the state tourney.

Groton took care of Warner-Ipswich-Northwestern (WIN) 20-2 before eliminating Wessington Springs 26-13.

Groton scored nine runs in each of the first two innings against WIN. Pierce Kettering and Cole Simon each had two hits. Kaleb Hoover knocked in three runs and Simon two. Groton had 10 hits to go along with eight walks and two hit batters.

Pierce Kettering, of Groton Post 39, left, slides in to second base past the tag attempt of Clark/Willow Lake’s Conner Mudgett, right, during Tuesday’s American Legion Region 6B Tournament game in Redfield. Kettering had a pair of hits in a victory over Warner-Ipswich-Northwestern on Wednesday. Photo by John Davis taken 7/19/2022

Groton exploded for 16 runs in the fifth inning in its victory over Wessington Springs. Tate Larson, Ryan Groeblinghoff and Andrew Marzahn each drove in four runs. Groton had 10 hits and took advantage of 17 walks on the way to the win. Mason Schelske had five hits to pace Wessington Springs.

Wessington Springs rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to eliminate Hamlin 13-12 earlier in the day. Schelske had four hits and drove in three for Wessington Springs, which had nine hits and took advantage of seven walks and seven Hamlin errors.

Clark 010 10 – 2 4 7

Redfield 475 2x – 18 15 1 Lucas Kannegieter, Mitchell Larson (2) and Zach Winter; Owen Osborn, Erik Salmen (4), Seth Siebrecht (5) and Elijah Morrissette. 2B – Clark, Helkenn, Larson; Redfield, Morrissette, Siebrecht.

Groton 130  1(16)5 – 26 10 5

Wessington Springs 241 051 – 13 17 6

Dillon Abeln, Kaleb Hoover (5) and Colby Dunker; Blake Larson, Clay Olinger (5), Kade Olinger (5), Camden Jost (5), C. Mohling (5) and Landon Cleveland. 2B – Groton, Pierce Kettering; Wessington Springs, Mason Schelske, Blaze Herdman 2. 3B – Groton, Tate Larson.

Warner-Ipswich-Northwestern 003 00 – 3 7 2

Groton 990 2x – 20 10 0

Trekk Hannahs, Bruns (1), Ashton Remily (2) and Stahl; Dillon Abeln, Bradin Althoff (3), Ryan Groeblinghoff (4) and Cade Larson. 2B – Warner-Ipswich-Northwestern, Sam Nilsson; Groton, Groeblinghoff, Kaleb Hoover. 3B – Warner-Ipswich-Northwestern, Gage Ratigan; Groton, Pierce Kettering, Cole Simon. HR – Groton, Tate Larson.

Wessington Springs 011 042 5 – 13 9 2

Hamlin 200 136 0 – 12 11 7 Austin Schimke (4), Camden Jost (5), Clay Olinger (6), Mohling (6) and Landon Cleveland; Smith, Opdahl (6) and Grantham. 2B – Hamlin, Opdahl, Sauder. 3B – Wessington Springs, Jost.

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