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Let's Talk Baseball July 11 through 15

By Carson Herbert, 07/16/18, 7:15PM CDT

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July 11 Double Header vs. Harrisburg

East kicked off the week by splitting a double header on the road with Harrisburg on July 11.  

In game 1, East fell into an early hole as Harrisburg scored eight runs in the first two innings. East would eventually come back to tie the game up at nine in the fourth inning, until the home team scored a run in the bottom half of the inning to win, 10-9. 

East used the tough loss in game 1 to storm back in the second game as they defeated Harrisburg, 13-2. East collected 16 hits. Seven of the nine East batters had two hits. One of those players was Joe Jacobson, who performed well on the mound in addition to a successful night at the plate. The starter struck out six in his three innings pitched, earning him the win.

Mid-Summer Classic July 13 through 15

Coming off an impressive offensive performance against Harrisburg, East would take the field two days later in the Mid-Summer Classic right at home in Sioux Falls. 

East would take on Renner in their first game of the tournament on July 13. East continued to pile on runs for the second straight game as they scored 10 to defeat Renner, 10-2.

Performances on both sides of the ball including Gage Gasca's 3-4 day at the plate and Brycen Top's five dominant innings pitched highlighted the win for East. 

Billings, East's lone out-of-state opponent of the tournament, was next on July 14. East won their third straight game, this time with a final score of 9-4. The East bats combined for 11 hits as Elijah Bradenurg went the full six innings while striking out eight Billings batters.

That night, East took on Brookings and earned yet another win to continue a successful weekend. An eight-run bottom of the fourth inning for East as they trailed 2-1 at the time broke the game wide open. Zharic Sheppard went the distance as he struck out nine and allowed just two earned runs in the seven innings played.

Looking for their eighth win in 10 games, East faced 13U West on the morning of July 15. East blanked West, 13-0 and held their opponent hitless in the blowout. Thomas Messenbrink III threw the no-hitter over four innings pitched while striking out eight.

13U East would spoil a dominant weekend for 13/14 East as 13U defeated 13/14 in the final game of the tournament, 9-2.