The Pierre Governors needed two wins to give them a chance to be region host of the four games played over the weekend and after sweeping Washington on Friday, split with the Lincoln Patriots.
Friday night, the Pierre Governors took advantage of 16 errors in two games of the Washington Warriors en route to a doubleheader sweep of the Warriors. In game one, the Warriors continued to hang around heading into the fourth inning but a four run fourth opened up a 6-0 advantage for Pierre and a bases clearing triple in the sixth inning by Bennett Dean put the hammer down in game one as Pierre led 9-0 and finished the win 10-2. Lincoln Keinholz, Matt Hanson and Dean all threw in the game one win.
The second game, Washington continued to kick the ball around to another eight errors and Pierre took advantage of the mistakes. Only five runs were earned in the 12-2 score meaning only eight runs of the 22 runs in the doubleheader were earned against the Washington pitching staff. Brady Getz worked his way out of the bases loaded, no out jam in the first inning allowing only one run to score and the Govs answered with a big seven run first to roll over the Warriors.
Saturday, the Governors picked up three runs in the bottom of the third thanks to an RBI double by Andy Gordon which tied the game at 2-2. Maguire Raske scored with a wild pitch to give the Govs the lead and it was all Elliot Leif needed going six innings allowing no runs on just two hits and two walks striking out eight. Bennett Dean shut the door for his third save striking out two of the three men he faced.
The Governors were unable to get the offense rolling in the final game of the weekend as they fell 12-2 in five innings. Lincoln took advantage of walks in the first three innings to jump out to a 9-1 lead and Pierre was unable to climb back falling in the final game of the regular season.
Pierre finishes the year at 19-5 and will host a region round on Saturday. The opponent and times will be determined on Wednesday morning after the final games are played on Tuesday night. Today’s KCCR will have coverage of the playoffs and it will be available to watch on YouTube at KCCR Sports with Jon Winkler and Greg Dean on the call.