MITCHELL — For the first time in team history, the Sioux Falls Flying Squirrels will play in the Class A Amateur Baseball Championship following a 6-1 win Friday afternoon over the Renner Monarchs at Cadwell Park.
Seth Peterson was the winning pitcher with seven innings, allowing four hits, one run and four strikeouts for the Flying Squirrels (16-7). Connor Hurley made the save in two innings and did not allow a run. Jack Simonsen hit a home run in the ninth inning to help Sioux Falls seal the win. Simonsen drove in three runs and Dylan Ades drove in two, as Sioux Falls scored four runs in the sixth inning and beat Renner, 13-6.
Mitch Stroh drove in Renner’s only run, with Chaz Palmer scoring for the Monarchs. Tom Sun was Renner’s losing pitcher, allowing eight hits and four runs in six innings of work with nine strikeouts.
Renner will face either the A’s of Black Hills or the winner of Aberdeen/Brookings at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a spot in Sunday’s championship game. The Flying Squirrels will play in the Class A State Championship at noon Sunday at Cadwell Park against the winner of the 1:30 p.m. game Saturday.
Black Hills A’s 12, Sioux Falls Hops 10
MITCHELL — In a game with 22 runs and 31 hits, the Black Hills A’s defeated the Sioux Falls Hops in a Class A playoff game at Drake Field on Friday afternoon.
Adam Deneke hit a home run and drove in three runs, plus scored three times, with Dylan Gillespie hitting in a pair of runs. Deneke, Matt Hill, Dawson Penticoff and Seth Johnson each had two hits for the A’s.
Penticoff, a Dakota University Wesleyan pitcher, led the A’s on the mound with 5 2/3 innings pitched, seven hits and four runs allowed (three earned) and two strikeouts, while Cody Schulze recorded a 3 1/3 inning stoppage, allowing 10 hits, six runs (five earned) and three strikeouts.
TJ Miller had four hits and drove in three runs for the Hops, with Charlie Dubanoski and Brandon Ruud each having three hits. Andrew Erkonen took the loss for Sioux Falls, with nine hits and five runs allowed in three innings of work.
Black Hills play a playoff game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cadwell Park, with the winner playing again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.