The Winner/Colome club baseball team lost to St. Thomas More and then came from behind to defeat Lead-Deadwood Sunday in Rapid City.
“This was a fun trip out west,” said coach Drew Weber. “We needed to win one of two to keep our place at the top of our division and we came through with a nice come from behind win over Lead-Deadwood.
Winner/Colome defeated Lead-Deadwood 12-5 in nine innings. Holden Thieman had an RBI single in the top of the seventh to tie the game and send it into extra innings. The Royals scored seven runs in the 9th inning.
Kelly O’Bryan earned the win on the mound pitching five innings in relief. He had 8 strikeouts.
Riley Calhoon started and pitched 3 innings giving up 5 runs on three hits. Ty Bolton pitched a scoreless 9th inning.
In hitting, Nick Lantz had a double and two singles with 4 RBIs; Reed Harter was 2-2 with 3 hit by pitches, 3 runs and 5 stolen bases; Thieman and Brandon Bicek each added 2 singles and 2 RBIs.
Coach Weber said O’Bryan did a fantastic job in relief. “We were a little sloppy at times in the field which was really uncharacteristic but we were able to overcome that and earn a big win,” said Weber.
He said Nick Lantz, Kelly O’Bryan and Brandon Bicek had clutch hits and Harter did a fantastic job of getting on base five times.
St. Thomas More defeated the Royals 12-2.
Reed Harter started on the mound and pitched four innings giving up 8 runs on 9 hits, 4 walks and had 2 strikeouts. Ty Bolton gave up 4 runs in the fifth inning.
At the plate, Harter had a tripe and single and Kelly O’Bryan added 2 singles.
Weber said the St. Thomas More game was a bit of a let down. “They are ranked No. 1 for a reason and I thought we played pretty well up until the fifth inning. We hit the ball hard all game against one of best pitchers in the state which should be a nice confidence boost for our young guys,” said the coach.
In the junior varsity game, St. Thomas More defeated Winner/Colome 9-6.
The Royals will travel to Mission on May 7 and on May 11 will host Platte-Geddes starting at 5:30 p.m.