SPEARFISH — Spearfish Post 164’s varsity Legion baseball game against Sturgis lasted only three innings Tuesday because of weather. It was the regular-season finale for both squads.
Seniors Dillon Craig, Cody Garness, Connor Glasford, Drew Gusso, Josh Johnson, Cameron Koch, and David Zacher were honored in a pregame ceremony.
Sturgis grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Zac Hess scored on a David Anderson double.
Zacher singled to lead off Spearfish’s half of the first. Glasford laced a two-out double to score Zacher and pull Post 164 into a 1-1 tie.
Post 164 loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning. Taylor Woods drew a walk to bring home Koch and give Spearfish a 2-1 advantage.
Neither team scored in the third frame. The fourth frame was about to start when lightning forced play stoppage at 7:50 p.m. Heavy rains followed, with thunder and lightning continuing. The game was eventually called at 8:30 p.m.
Sturgis and Spearfish now set their sights on their respective region tournaments. Sturgis begins Region 3A play Friday in Pierre and hosts Rapid City Post 22 in a first-round game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Central time.
“We’re just working on the consistency,” Sturgis head coach Wade Huntington said. He added if the Titans can stay consistent in all aspects, they will be in good shape.
Huntington said that consistency has improved during the season’s latter stage. “We’ve been getting much better swinging at pitches in the strike zone,” he added.
Rapid City Post 320, Pierre, and Mitchell comprise the rest of the Region 3A field.
What other keys does Huntington see? “Pitch count becomes such a big deal, and especially in these tournaments when you can end up playing four or five games,” he said.
The Region 7B tournament is set for July 25-27 in Winner, with Spearfish facing Winner at about 2:30 p.m. Stanley County, Gregory, and Martin are the other teams.
“I’ve been preaching all year long: look at whole picture,” Spearfish head coach Zane Roduner said.
“It doesn’t matter what our record is. As long as we come into the region tournament playing good baseball, we give ourselves a chance better than anyone else,” he added.
Roduner said players have had great approaches at the plate during the past two weeks, pitchers have thrown strikes, and the defense has backed up pitchers. He added he would like to see the team continue to build on that.
Spearfish players injured earlier this season are back in the dugout, and Roduner credits that for the recent resurgence.
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