The Pierre Governors were a win away from the State Semifinals but had to drive three hours from Pierre to make the game happen. Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Pierre met in Watertown last night to determine the fourth and final team in the state semifinal on Saturday and the Rough Riders walked away with a 1-0 win in nine innings.
Garrett Stout went six innings shutting out the Rough Riders although he gave up six hits in the process. Stout in back to back innings was able to tip toe around bases loaded jams to keep the game scoreless. Maguire Raske came in relief in the seventh and kept the game scoreless. Raske walked the leadoff man in the top of the ninth before Matt Lusk came into pitch. Lusk walked the first man he saw, and a sacrifice bunt that the Govs were unable to get anybody out at left the bases loaded once again. A sacrifice fly by Billy Chatwell brought home the only run of the game and the Governors were unable to score in the bottom of the ninth and the season came to an end for Pierre.
The Governors tallied six hits in the game but never got multiple hits in an inning. In total, the Govs left nine men on base while Roosevelt left on a total of 13. There were no errors recorded by either side.
The highlight of the game came in the fourth inning when, with two outs, Roosevelt laced a bases loaded line drive to left field but a diving catch by River Iverson kept the game at scoreless tie.
The Governors finish the season at 14-6. The Post 8 season begins next week Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Renner.