By Dan Bechtold
Winner Junior Legion baseball team will be advancing to the state tournament.
The team played Wagner in the championship game July 29 and was defeated 6-4 in extra innings. On Sunday, July 28, Winner defeated Belle Fourche 14-3 which assured Winner a spot in the state meet.
The state tournament will be Aug. 9-11 in Groton. Winner takes a 13-10 record into state and will be the No. 2 seed.
Winner will play Elk Point/Jefferson at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.
“I am excited to be going to state,” said coach Shane Phillips. “If we continue to hit the ball and have our pitching down we will be tough to beat.”
Phillips noted Winner needs to cut down on its errors to be successful. Winner had five errors against Wagner.
In the championship game in Redfield, Winner scored in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game 4-4. In the 9th inning, Wagner scored on a two run home run to win the game.
Landon Thieman, Joey Cole, Ashton Klein, Jacob Beckers, Adam Bohnet, Zach Bohnet, Evan Farner, Aaron Glichrist and Bosten Morehart managed to have one hit to lead the junior Legion team.
Evan Farner pitched seven innings for Winner and Joey Cole came in and pitched one inning and took the loss.
In the Belle Fourche game, Phillips said the team hit the ball well and Kameron Meiners did a great job of pitching.
Phillips said the team will have depth in pitching at state.
The junior Legion team and the Winner/Colome Legion team held a scrimmage on July 31 as both teams prepare to compete in their respective state tournaments.