The first tournament of the year for Post 8 concluded on Saturday as Pierre Post 8 split the four games against Minnesota and North Dakota teams.
In game one of the tournament, Bennett Dean shined on the mound going all seven innings giving up just one run on just six hits and three walks. The Eights did not commit an error in the ballgame as Dean received all the help he needed in the top of the fourth as AJ Goeden picked up an RBI single to give Post 8 the lead and scored two more times in the 3-1 win.
Game two, the Bismarck Governors rallied late and scored seven of the eight runs in the final three innings in the 8-7 win over Pierre. Garrett Stout gave up just one run on three hits in three innings of work as he had a no decision in the game. Andrew Coverdale drove in a team high two runs in the loss.
Pierre opened up the day on Saturday against the Mandan Chiefs, and this time the Chiefs were able to beat the Eights 7-6 holding off a potential second comeback. Mandan led 7-1 after four innings but a two run fifth and three run seventh pulled the Eights within one but the tying run was left stranded on first to the end the ballgame. Goeden went 4-4 in the game as he finished with a team high seven hits going 7-11 on the weekend.
Goeden picked up the win in the final game of the tournament for the Eights as Pierre jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning and would cling to a 4-3 lead after the fifth before tacking on two more runs to beat the Minot Vistas 6-3 to finish the tournament 2-2.
The Eights are now 16-6 on the season as they will travel to Watertown on Wednesday for a doubleheader. You can listen to the games on Today’s KCCR and todayskccr.com.