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Post 131 goes 2-3 over four-day tourney in Omaha
By Staff reports

June 25. 2013 10:14AM
Valley Springs Post 131 registered a 2-3 record at the four-day Decker Sports CWS Tournament in Omaha, Neb., last week. The pair of wins and three losses puts Post 131 at 11-13.

“It should’ve been 3-2,” said head coach Grant Hieb, “but we just didn’t play Grand Forks well.”

Valley Springs faces Sioux Falls East at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Harmodon Park before returning to Legion Park in Valley Springs for two games. On Friday, Valley Springs hosts Yankton and Mitchell is here next Tuesday, July 2. On Monday, the team faces Sioux Falls West at Harmodon Park. All three games start at 6:30 p.m.

“Wednesday is a big one with East, as we haven’t seen them yet,” Hieb said. “We’ve been playing some tough teams and doing well so hopefully we can some regional wins.”

Valley Springs sports an 0-1 record in region play. “We need to get some wins to get back in the middle of things.”

VS 1, Millard West 9
Valley Springs Legion collected four hits, but Post 131 fell 9-1 to Millard West at Millard West High School (Omaha) on Wednesday.

“They jumped all over us,” Hieb said. “And Bruget didn’t have his best stuff that day and our defense didn’t help him out.”

Jacob Mulder was hot from the plate for Valley Springs. The 2013 Brandon Valley High grad went 1-for-2, doubling in the fourth inning.

Jacik recorded the win for Millard West. He allowed one run over three innings, struck out one, walked one and gave up one hit.

Millard West’s Merrill, Stobbe and Koca combined for four hits and five RBIs.

Millard West went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on a two-run home run by Merrill.

The host team increased its lead with three runs in the second. A hit into a fielder’s choice scored McCreedy for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Lawson’s single, scoring Koca and Merrill.

Valley Springs scored its only run of the game on a groundout by Dylan Tibke in the third inning.

Millard West piled on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. The inning got off to a hot start when Merrill doubled, plating Johnston. That was followed up by Stobbe’s single, bringing home Koca and Merrill.

VS - 001 00 – 1 4 1
Millard – 230 4x – 9 7 3

VS 9, Ricemen 2
Valley Springs pounded Ricemen of Jonesboro, Ark., 9-2 on Thursday in seven innings.

Post 131 scored three runs in the fourth on an RBI triple by Jacob Bruget and a two-run single by Nic Peterson.

Bruget racked up three RBIs on three hits for Post 131.

Peterson picked up the win. He allowed two earned runs, five hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of work.

Valley Springs never surrendered the lead after the second inning, scoring one run on a solo home run by Bruget.

Post 131 scored two runs in the third inning, and then followed it up with two more in the fifth. In the third, Valley Springs scored on a two-run home run by Jacob Adams, bringing home Peterson.

Two runs in the bottom of the third helped Ricemen close its deficit to 3-2. An RBI single by Jones and an RBI double by Simpson gave Ricemen life. Finally, Peterson got Rainwater to ground out to end the threat.

VS – 012 321 0 – 9 8 2
Ricemen – 002 000 0 – 2 5 4

VS – Nic Peterson and Jacob Mulder, Alec Finch (7)

VS 7, Oklahoma Ambassadors 10
Jacob Adams hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough to carry Valley Springs to a win on Thursday, as they fell to Oklahoma Ambassadors 10-7 in seven innings.

Skye Bolt got the win in relief for Oklahoma. He pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

The Ambassadors hammered Post 131’s pitching, as six hitters had a field day, combining for 10 hits, nine RBIs and seven runs scored.

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

After posting three runs in the second, Oklahoma again scored three in the sixth, and in the second, scored on a three-run double by Hayes, bringing home Vogel, Johnson and Webster.

Valley Springs matched its one-run third inning with one more in the fourth. In the third, Post 131 scored on a solo home run by Jacob Adams.

It didn’t take long for the Ambassadors to answer, as it scored four runs of its own in the third, scoring on an RBI double by Brown, a two-run home run by Johnson, and an RBI single by Vogel.

Valley Springs pushed across two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Post 131 scored on a wild pitch, scoring Nic Peterson.

“Adams’ two home runs kept us in it,” Hieb said.

VS – 101 122 0 – 7 3 4
Oklahoma – 034 003 x – 10 12 3

VS – Luke Bauske, Derek Johnson (4), Jacob Adams (7) and Jacob Mulder.

VS 4, Ponderosa 3
Ponderosa was never able to get over the hump and get over its troubles against Valley Springs on Friday, as Ponderosa fell 4-3 after falling behind by three runs in the fifth inning.

“This was a tight game and we didn’t hit the ball well,” Hieb said.

Ponderosa scored two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Chapman and a hit by pitch. Still, Ponderosa couldn’t catch Post 131.

Jacob Adams did his best to jumpstart the Valley Springs offense, reaching base two times. He scored one run and had one RBI. He doubled in the fifth inning.

Tommy Gardner worked out of 16 tricky spots for Post 131. He pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and struck out 11. Gardner faced his trickiest spot in the sixth inning.

“Tommy shut them down,” Hieb said.

Ponderosa jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

The game’s last lead went to Post 131 thanks to a fifth inning rally that saw three runs cross the plate on an RBI double by Adams, a sacrifice fly by Cole VanderBeek, and an RBI single by Nic Peterson.

VS – 000 130 0 – 4 8 1
Ponderosa – 100 002 0 – 3 4 1

VS – Tommy Gardner and Jacob Mulder.

VS 3, Royals 6
Dylan Tibke went 3-for-3 at the plate, but Valley Springs Post 131 still fell to the Royals (Grand Forks, N.D.) 6-3 in seven innings on Saturday.

Hieb said this game was Valley’s to win.

“We had 10 hits but we didn’t run the bases very well and killed ourselves,” he said.
The Royals’s lineup had no answer for Jacob Mulder. The Royals managed just one hit off of Mulder, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his two innings of work.

Dufauh got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over seven innings. He struck out one, walked two and surrendered 10 hits.

Post 131 jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Valley Springs threat began with a single by Nic Peterson. A stolen base then moved Peterson from first to second.

But it didn’t take long for the Royals to answer, as they scored two runs of their own in the first. The Royals scored on an RBI single by Mahoney and a sacrifice fly by Regimbal.

The Royals never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring four runs on an error and two singles.

One run in the top of the fifth helped Valley Springs close its deficit to 6-3. An error sparked Valley’s rally before Dufauh got Tommy Gardner to fly out to end the threat.

VS – 110 010 0 – 3 10 3
Royals – 204 000 x – 6 11 3

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