East took the field for the first time in 2018 against Cyclones 16U Red on May 26 in Brandon. In a close game, Cyclones 16U Red tied the game up at 6 in the fifth inning and followed with a 2-run sixth inning to win, 8-6.
Next up that night for East was facing off with the South Dakota Bulls. The team fell 9-1 in which the Bulls used four run innings in the fourth and fifth inning to win the game.
To end the weekend at the Brandon Valley Tournament, East took on the Yankton Reds on May 27. After a hot start by East in the bottom of the 1st in which they scored five runs, Yankton quickly responded with an eight run second inning to take the lead and eventually hand East the loss. Grant Graber walked, scored two runs, singled and stole two bases for East.
East traveled to Valley Springs on May 30 to take on Brandon Valley. The team fell, 6-5 despite making a late comeback in the seventh inning. Brandon Valley broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Ethan Stawn went 3-3 in the game with a double and two singles.
East suffered another close loss in the second game as Brandon's winning run in the bottom of the seventh scored on a fielder's choice. East trailed 5-4 until tying up the game at 5 in the top of the sixth thanks to a Bowen Liu sacrifice fly.
East fell once again by a close margin, 11-10, against Aberdeen on May 31 at home. Both teams had no trouble scoring on offense. Tyler Masching drove in three of East's 10 runs on a triple and a double. Masching was joined by Kyle Rygg with East batters hitting a triple. East clawed back in the seventh inning after trailing 11-6 heading into the bottom half of the seventh but came up short in the end.
That same afternoon, the two teams continued to pour runs out on offense as they tied 12-12. Aberdeen finished with just three hits compared to East's 11. But the four errors committed by East gave Aberdeen the chance to stay in the game.
On June 2 on the road against Brookings, East fought back after falling down by seven runs early in the game. The two teams would combine for 35 runs and 14 errors in East's wild 18-17 loss.
Later, East once again battled Brandon Valley. This time, the game took place in Brookings as Ethan Stawn finished with two hits in his four at bats.
The team would fall to Brookings on June 3 again with a final score of 14-4. Brooks Stein drove in two runs with his double in the second inning for East.
Tag(s): 16U East