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Michael Hoffman is ready to hit for the Wessington Springs VFW 14U Teeners baseball team.

Last week, the 14U Teeners from Wessington Springs, Woonsocket and Sanborn Central, who all play for the Wessington Springs VFW 14U Teeners team, saw their season come to an end in their Region Tournament played in Platte on Monday and Tuesday, July 6 and 7. 

Their first game was against Mt. Vernon/Plankinton (MVP). MVP first got on the board in the second inning and they pulled away for good with six runs in the third inning and winning the game with a final score of Wessington Springs 4, MVP 8.

The Wessington Springs 14U team traveled back to Platte on Tuesday night to take on Kimball/White Lake (KWL), and although Wessington Springs notched four runs in the third inning, they couldn’t come through with a win, and their season ended with a 6-7 loss to KWL.

The 16U team from Wessington Springs could only get in a half a game last Wednesday night in Platte, due to the weather. They played four innings and got rained out, but Wessington Springs was ahead 4-2.

The Wessington Springs VFW 16U Teeners will be hosting their Region Tournament next week, starting on Monday, July 20. The Wessington Springs 16U team also has boys from Woonsocket, Sanborn Central and Wessington Springs playing for them.

…See another photo and the tournament bracket in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

The past week was a busy one for the Wessington Springs VFW Post 5548 Teener 14U and 16U teams. Both teams started the week traveling to Wagner on Monday, June 22, where they split the games to the tough Wagner teams.

The 14U game was a heartbreaker for the WS 14U team as they lost the lead late in a 4-8 defeat. Wessington Springs 14U knotted the game up at four in the top of the fourth inning, when an error scored one run for the younger WS Teener team. Then with Wagner batting in the bottom of the fifth, an error scored one run for Wagner. Although the WS 14U troop lost the game, they out-hit Wagner six to four.

That same night, the Wessington Springs 16U team defeated Wagner 1-0 as four pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Clay Olinger threw the last strike out to finish off the game. 

On Wednesday, June 24, the Wessington Springs teams hosted the Platte-Geddes teams, and again, they split the games with their opposing teams.

The 14U crew started the night with a loss for Wessington Springs and a final score of Wessington Springs 3, Platte-Geddes 6. The 14U Wessington Springs team lost despite out-hitting Platte-Geddes seven to four. The WS 14U team got on the board in the first inning. Keegan Haider singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.

The Wessington Springs 16U team defeated a tough Platte-Geddes team with a final score of 6-4 for the second game last Wednesday night. 

Read more details and see photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Brendan Evans uses everything he’s got to throw strikes for the Woonsocket Majors team on Tuesday, June 16, in Woonsocket.

On Monday, June 15, the Wessington Springs Teeners teams traveled to Scotland for a doubleheader. The night started with the 14U team handing Scotland a loss with a final score of 12-7. 

The 16U team was up next, and despite seeing their six-run lead whittled down by the end, they held off Scotland for a 7-6 victory for the second game of the night on Monday. 

On Wednesday, both teams were on the road again, and this time they took on Corsica in Corsica. For the first game that night, Wessington Springs (WS) 14U’s two pitchers didn’t allow a single hit, which resulted in an easy win for the WS 14U team with a final score of 13-1. 

In the final game on Wednesday night, Both Wessington Spring 16U and Corsica had their offenses going, but WS 16U eventually prevailed with a final score of 10-7. 

Both Teeners teams were scheduled to see action on Monday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 24. Their next scheduled game is Friday, June 26 at White Lake, and the 16U team has a tournament in Sioux Falls over the weekend. Next week, both teams start on Monday, June 29, with games in Mt. Vernon and Wednesday, July 1 against Alexandria in Wessington Springs. 

Woonsocket hosts Artesian-Letcher 

On Tuesday, June 16, the Woonsocket minors and majors teams welcomed teams from Artesian-Letcher for a night of baseball. It was a successful night for the younger Woonsocket boys. The Woonsocket minors came out on top with a final score of 3-0, and the Woonsocket majors fought hard to hold on to a slim lead and win with a final score of 5-2.

…Read more details and see additional photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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