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Post 131 goes 2-3 at Renner Post 307 Invite
By Staff reports

June 19. 2013 3:28PM
DiGiorgio’s Sportswear of Omaha, Neb., went 4-0 to win the first Renner Post 307 Invitational. Valley Springs Post 131 suffered an 8-4 loss to the Nebraska team in their second of five games played over three days, posting a 2-3 mark in the tournament.
Valley Springs’ two wins came in their tournament opener, an 8-3 win over Norfolk, Neb., and they topped Elkhorn South, Neb., 7-2.

Head coach Grant Hieb said his team faced tougher competition than they’ve seen in the spring club team season and so far in their Legion schedule.

“It’s good to see where we’re at,” Hieb said. This schedule is a lot harder than what we’ve had in the past, and we’re playing better teams, which hopefully helps us down the road.”

Hieb said the team’s 2-3 finish over the weekend was due to defensive errors.
“We’re starting to hit better but we need to clean up our mistakes,” he said. “If you make an error or two, especially in situations where bases are loaded, it’s tough.”

Post 131 meets a familiar opponent at 2 p.m. Wednesday – Millard West High School – for their first game of Deckers Tournament in Omaha. Valley Springs (9-10) will play Ricemen (Jonesboro, Ark.) at noon on Thursday and the OK Amabassadors (Oklahoma City) at 2:30. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Post 131 faces Ponderosa High School (Denver, Colo.) and wrap up the tournament Saturday with a noon game against Royals (Grand Forks, N.D.).

On June 25, Post 131 travels to Cadwell Park in Mitchell for a 5 p.m. game against Aberdeen and a 7 p.m. game with Mitchell.

VS 8, Norfolk 3
Jared Mulder went 1-for-3, helping Valley Springs Post 131 to an 8-3 victory over Norfolk, Neb., Post 16 on Friday morning in the opening game of the Renner Post 307 Invitational.

Mulder singled in the third inning.

Nic Peterson was in control on the bump. Norfolk managed just one hit off of the Valley Springs pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during his three innings of work. He was relieved by Derek Johnson.

VS 404 000 0 – 8 8 4
Norfolk 000 210 0 – 3 8 3

VS – Nic Peterson, Derek Johnson (4), Jacob Mulder and Alex Finch (4)

VS 4, DiGiorgio’s Sportswear 8

Nic Peterson did all he could to give Post 131 a boost, but it wasn't enough to get past DiGiorgio’s Sportswear, as Valley Springs lost 8-4 in seven innings at Renner Friday evening.

Peterson racked up two RBIs on two hits for Post 131. He singled in the first and second innings.

Shuler got the win for DiGiorgio’s Sportswear. He allowed three runs over five innings. Shuler struck out one, walked two and gave up five hits.

DiGiorgio’s Sportswear was sparked by Conrow and Woods, who teamed up for seven hits and four RBIs.

Valley Springs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Peterson got things going for Post 131 with a single. A single by Cole VanderBeek then moved Peterson from first to second.

DiGiorgio's Sportswear scored one run of its own in the first, scoring on an RBI single by Bradford.

The game was never in doubt after the second, as DiGiorgio's Sportswear scored four runs on a two-run double by Woods, an RBI single by Soto, and a wild pitch.

DiGiorgio’s Sportswear tallied one run in each of the third, fourth and fifth. In the third, DiGiorgio’s scored on an RBI single by Conrow, bringing home Sevfert.

A one-run seventh inning helped bring Valley Springs Legion within four. An RBI single by Lucas Lunstra gave Valley Springs life.

VS – 120 000 1 – 4 7 0
DiGiorgio’s – 141 110 x – 8 13 3

VS – Jacob Bruget, Luke Bauske (3) and Jacob Mulder.
VS 7, Elkhorn South 2
Valley Springs Post 131 and Elkhorn South, Neb., both had scoring chances on Saturday, but it was Valley Springs that was able to capitalize on them as it pulled out a 7-2 win at the Sioux Falls Stadium.

Elkhorn South had 10 hits compared with Post 131’s five, but Elkhorn South stranded 10 runners on base.

Post 131’s Jacob Adams was perfect at the dish, going 2-for-2. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the sixth inning.

Tommy Gardner got the win for Post 131. He allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out two, walking three and surrendering 10 hits.

The bottom of the first saw Valley Springs take an early lead, 1-0.

Post 131 went up for good in the third, scoring two runs on an error.

One run in the top of the fifth helped Elkhorn South close its deficit to 4-2. A groundout by Kardell gave Elkhorn South life. However, the Elkhorn South threat came to an end when Gardner finally got Kennebeck to strike out.

Valley Springs increased its lead with three runs in the sixth. A wild pitch scored Nic Peterson for the inning’s first run, which was followed up by Adams' single, plating Lucas Lunstra.

VS – 102 103 x – 7 5 1
Elkhorn 001 010 0 – 2 10 4

VS – Tommy Gardner and Jacob Mulder

VS 4, Paola 8
Jacob Adams did all he could to give Valley Springs a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Paola, Kan., as Post 131 lost 8-4 in seven innings at Renner on Sunday.
Adams racked up three RBIs on two hits for Valley Springs. He singled in the first inning and homered in the fifth.

Boehm got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed four runs over five innings. He struck out four, walked four and surrendered three hits.

Sloon, Pearce and Boehm helped lead Paola. They combined for eight hits and three RBIs.

VS – 010 030 0 – 4 3 3
Paola 023 021 0 – 8 11 1

VS – Nic Peterson, Jacob Adams (5) and Jacob Mulder, Alec Finch (6)

VS 2, Millard West 8
Despite six hits, Valley Springs Post 131 lost 8-2 to Millard West on Sunday at Sioux Falls Stadium.

Dylan Tibke reached base two times in the game for Post 131. He singled in the seventh inning.

Lawson got the win for Millard West. He tossed two innings of shutout ball, striking out two Valley Springs batters, walking none and giving up one hit.

Toole, Brunswik and McCreedy helped lead Millard West. They combined for seven hits and four RBIs.

The bottom of the second saw Valley Springs take an early lead, 1-0. Jacob Bruget singled to ignite the offense. Jacob Mulder singled, bringing home Tommy Gardner.
Millard West never surrendered the lead after the fourth inning, scoring three runs on an RBI double by Brunswik and a two-run triple by Toole.

One run in the bottom of the fifth helped Valley Springs close the deficit, 4-2. An RBI single by Jacob Adams gave Valley Springs life. Finally, Hargis induced an inning-ending from Gardner.

Millard West added four more runs in the top of the sixth. The inning got off to a hot start when McCreedy singled, scoring Brunswik.

VS – 010 010 0 – 2 6 0
Millard West 001 304 0 – 8 11 1

VS – Jared Mulder, Lucas Lunstra (5), Jacob Adams (6), Jacob Mulder (7) and Jacob Mulder, Alec Finch (7)

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A bad throw by Post 16 of Norfolk, Neb., kept Jacob Adams safe as he steals second in Friday morning's 8-3 in in the Renner Post 307 Invitational. Photo by Jill Meier

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