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Northwest Salmon



Post 40 goes 1-2 at Region 1B tourney

by George Thompson
Post 40 won the opener 5-3 over Sisseton but then fell 8-7 to Big Stone and 14-2 to Castlewood/Clear Lake to exit the Region 1B American Legion tourney played July 17-20.
In their first round game Webster trailed 1-0 through the fifth inning when coach Chad Hesla’s club took a 2-1 lead. Sisseton tied it up at 2-2 in the next frame and both clubs went scoreless in the seventh.
Post 40 added two more in the eighth and another in the ninth to go up 5-2. Sisseton got their third run in the eighth inning.
Line scores showed Webster with five runs on seven hits with three errors and stranding 15 on the bags. Sisseton got three runs on eight hits and committed two errors.
Seth Flemmer was the winning pitcher, going seven and a third innings and giving up one earned run while striking out seven.
Connor Spindler was two for four at the plate and Chandler Holland went two for five.
Post 40’s second game was an 8-7 heartbreaker against Big Stone. Webster held a 3-0 lead after three only to see Big Stone pound out six runs in the fourth and fifth frames to go up 6-4. Post 40 rallied to tie it at 6-6 in the seventh inning and actually went up a run in the eighth. That’s when Big Stone rallied for solo runs in the ninth and 10th to win 8-7.
Reid Valsvig took the loss on the mound going nine innings and giving up four earned runs.
Line scores showed Post 40 with seven runs on 12 hits with four errors and stranded 14 on the bags. Big Stone got eight runs on 11 hits, committed four muffs and left nine on base.
Blake Wilkinson went three for six at the plate while Valsvig went three for four including a pair of doubles.
Webster was ousted from the tourney on a 14-2 shellacking by eventual champion Castlewood-Clear Lake.
The eventual champs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three and added a lone run in the fifth. Then they exploded for nine unanswered runs in the final two frames to win impressively 14-2. Webster scored twice in the sixth inning.
Line scores for Webster show two runs on five hits with three errors and eight left on. Connor Spindler pitched two and a third innings and gave up four earned runs for the loss.
Wilkinson smashed a two run homer in this contest.
Castlewood/Clear Lake claimed the title with back to back wins over Big Stone on the final day, 13-3 and 7-2. They will advance to the state tourney in Tabor

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