Post 8 hosted the Border Battle this weekend at Hyde Stadium and it was successful weekend for the club as they went 3-1 against the likes of Bismarck and Mandan.
Friday afternoon, Post 8 opened the Battle with Mandan as they scored four runs in the first inning to open a 4-1 lead. Jack Van Camp drove in three of the nine Post 8 runs in the ballgame as they rolled passed the Chiefs 9-5. Grey Zabel picked up another win on the mound for the ball club as they quickly turned their attention to Bismarck. A game that saw just one inning of runs, it came in bunches. Post 8 scored eight times in the second with the big hit being Garrett Stout’s three run triple. Matt Lusk threw all five innings for Post 8 as they won 8-0 in five innings. Tournament rules allow an eight run rule after five innings. Steve Kraljic for Bismarck was dominant outside of the second inning allowing just two base runners in the first, third and fourth inning combined.
Saturday, Post 8 opened their day against Bismarck and a back and forth game saw Bismarck win 12-7. Post 8 trailed 3-0 after the first inning but took the lead in the third on a four run, one hit inning in the third. Bismarck then took a 7-4 advantage after scoring three runs in the fifth but Post 8 would answer with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Cade Hinkle scored two runs on a single that fell between three Bismarck players. However, Bismarck would score five more times in the last two innings and out hit Pierre 15-4 in the ball game in a 12-7 win. In the finale of the Border battle, Post 8 and Mandan played to a 2-2 tie after four innings but Pierre was able to add four runs in fifth inning which was enough for a 6-5 win over the Chiefs. Jacob Mayer picked up his first win on the mound and Stout recorded the save.
Post 8 is now sitting at 7-5 on the season and they will bring in Rapid City Post 22 Tuesday in what is going to be the toughest two games of the season to date. You can listen to both games on Today’s KCCR and todayskccr.com with Jon Winkler on the calls. First pitch of the doubleheader is at 5:30.