Bulldogs fall in state baseball semifinals
By ARIY-EL BOYNTON, Sports Editor
At the Class B South Dakota High School Baseball Tournament in Freeman, Madison could not overcome Tyson Gau of Stickney-Mount Vernon-Hanson-Ethan and lost 10-0 in six innings on Monday.|
Gau pitched a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks.
"Tyson Gau threw an incredible game against us and had us on our heels all day at the plate," said Madison Coach Chris Waba. "He threw a pretty decent fast ball and worked the zone against us really well. We were unable to get anything going offensively, and that had been our strength all year long."
Gau also had six RBIs in the game.
Waba knew that his team would have to play its best in order to advance to the championships.
"We thought we were ready to go and hoped to be in a little closer game," said Waba. "We knew that Stickney-Mount Vernon-Hanson-Ethan had a good team, and they played like it."
Bulldogs right-fielder Patrick Delzer reached base twice, once off a Gau error and once hit by a pitch.
In the top of the fifth inning with Delzer on first, Sean Campbell got the lone Bulldog hit. Then, with two runners on, designated hitter Jon Waba struck out to end the inning.
Brock Selgestad started for Madison and "threw a good game," according to Coach Waba.
After Gau struck out the side in the top of the first inning, he helped himself out with an RBI double to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of third, Gau hit a 3-run home run for a 4-0 lead.
"All four came after two outs in those innings," said Coach Waba.
Selgestad threw 4 1/3 innings and suffered the loss for the Bulldogs. After Ryan Steffensen came on in relief, Waba let a ball go through his legs at second base with the bases loaded. His error cost MHS two runs.
"Defensively, we played a pretty sound game; however, one mistake would have proven too many in this game," said Coach Waba.
Dylan Beck relieved Steffensen and gave up the game-ending run.
The Bulldogs ended the season with a 6-4 record and came home with the Region 2B title.
"Coach Kevin Leighton and I had a lot of fun working with these kids this year," said Coach Waba. "We had a good season and are proud of the way they competed for us all year. We look forward to summer ball and watching these kids compete all summer."
Rapid City South beat SMVHE 6-3 in a four-hour battle to take the Class B crown. After 4 1/3 innings in Freeman, the game was moved to Yankton's Riverside Field due to weather.
MHS seniors honored
Four MHS Bulldogs were named to the All-Region team. They are Steffensen, Justin Pederson, Jarret Janke and Taylor Jamison. Janke was named All-State for third base and Pederson was named to the second team for first base.
Pederson, the first baseman, had a .538 batting average with 14 hits in the regular season. He had 12 RBIs and three stolen bases.
Steffensen, who played shortstop/pitcher, led the team in hits (15), RBIs (14), stolen bases (6) and on-base percentage (.783). He was also valuable defensively for Coach Waba.
Jamison, the Bulldogs' center fielder, had a .520 batting average and 13 hits with three doubles.
Janke, the shortstop/third baseman, had a team-high .619 batting average and two home runs. He stole four bases and had an on-base percentage of .726.
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