Despite the COVID-19 pandemic heating up in South Dakota, the Wessington Springs VFW Teener baseball teams have found a way to stay active on the field and provide some somewhat safe entertainment for sports enthusiasts. 

The past week of play started with both the 14U and 16U teams traveling to Parkston on Monday, June 8 to take on the I-90 Parks-ton teams. The first game was a struggle for the 14U boys. They were led offensively by Kade Olinger with the only hit of the night for Wessington Springs when he hit a single in the fifth inning.

The 16U Teeners played a tough 1-90 Parkston 16U team, but the Wessington Springs 16U team came out strong both offensively and defensively to seal a close 3-0 victory. Coen Harvey was on the hill for Wessington Springs 16U. He went three innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, striking out six and walking no one.

Carter Christian comes through with an RBI for Wessington Springs during the 14U Teener game against Emery last Friday night.

Both the Teener teams welcomed Wagner to Wessington Springs on Wednesday, June 10. The 14U boys found themselves up against another tough opponent with Wagner scoring several runs in the first inning, and the younger Wessington Springs team couldn’t recover resulting in a loss with a final score of Wessington Springs 2, Wagner 7.

The 16U fellas had another close game, this time against Wagner. Two pitchers worked cohesively to throw a shutout for the Wessington Springs 16U team. Cooper Hainy started on the mound giving up zero runs on two hits over six innings, striking out 11. Quinten Christensen came in to relieve Hainy and ended the game with a strikeout to hand Wagner a loss with a final score of 1-0.

The busy week for Wessington Springs ended on Friday night when both teams hosted Emery. In the 14U game, Wessington Springs had two pitchers who, together, didn’t allow a single hit, which helped the team defeat Emery 6-0.

The Wessington Springs 14U and 16U both saw their next action at games in Scotland on Monday, June 15 and they then went to Corsica on Wednesday, June 17. The next game for the 14U will be Saturday, June 20 against Chamberlain in Wessington Springs at 2 p.m. Following that game, both teams will have their next game on Monday, June 22, in Wagner at 5:30 p.m.

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

A huge crowd came out to the ball diamond in Woonsocket on Thursday night for some entertainment in the fresh air while still practicing social distancing. There were cars lined all around the fence line from the west dugout all around the outfield to the south dugout.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a delay on the start of the baseball season, it is now in full swing (pun intended), and there have been games played for a few teams in the area. 

On Friday, May 29, the Wessington Springs Post 5548 14U and 16U hosted Kimball/White Lake with a final score of 9-5. Wessington Springs had a strong offensive start with a single by Keegan Haider, a walk by Jeffrey Boschee and a single by Michael Hoffman, all in the first inning. 

The 16U team for Wessington Springs had a slightly different outcome for their game against Kimball/White Lake. Wessington Springs scored four runs in the fourth inning, but they proved to be the only runs they scored for the game, and KWL handed them their first loss of the season with a final score of 4-9. Wessington Springs scored its runs on an RBI single by Brady Larson.

On Saturday, May 30, the 16U team traveled to Clark for a doubleheader with Clark and Wahpeton. They were up against Clark for their first game and brought home a strong win with a final score of 13-2. 

In their second game of the night in Clark, the Wessington Springs 16U Teeners took on Wahpeton. Both teams were led strongly on the pitcher’s mound, but Wahpeton held on tight and ended with a win and a final score of 0-1. 

On Thursday, June 4, the Woonsocket Little League minors and majors teams hosted Plankinton for their first game of the season. Both teams lost very close games with the minors losing 6-7 and the majors losing 5-6. 

…Read more details, see more photos, and see schedules for all the teams inside this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Each year the sports staff at the Q107 and KORN Country radio stations announce a boys’ team and a girls’ team of Elite Eight Athletes of the Year in their coverage area. Among those receiving the honor to be named to the teams this year was Sanborn Central/Woonsocket’s Noah Dickson for his performances on the basketball court.

Dickson ended his high-school basketball career as a Blackhawk with several records to show for his efforts including: most points scored in a single game with 32, most points scored in a season with 434, highest points per game average with 20.6, most rebounds in a single game of 21, most rebounds in a season with 307, and the best rebound average in a season with 13.3. He is also the co-op’s leading scorer with 1,372 career points and all-time leading rebounder with a total of 835.

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