The standings are finalized and the matchups are set for Class A Legion Baseball Region Round which begins on Friday and runs through Saturday. The Eights will be one of seven host sites as they welcome in Yankton in a best two-of-three series to qualify for the state tournament. Game times are 6:00 on Friday and then beginning at 12:00 on Saturday with the “if necessary” game to follow.
The Eights played host to Yankton last year in the region round, sweeping Post 12 before then sweeping Harrisburg in the super region round to qualify for the state tournament. Last year’s tournament only had four qualify to limit the amount of teams due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, seven teams will qualify from the Regions this weekend, to join the host, Brandon Valley, who gets an automatic bid into the state tournament.
The other six matchups will be
#1 SF East vs. #15 Aberdeen
#2 Brandon Valley has qualified
#3 SF West vs. #14 Sturgis
#4 Renner 1 vs. #13 Mitchell
#5 Pierre vs. #12 Yankton
#6 Rapid City Hardhats vs. #11 Renner 2
#7 Harrisburg vs. #10 Brookings
#8 Watertown vs. #9 Rapid City Stars
The eight teams will be seeded into the state tournament which begins on Friday, July 23. All games can be heard on YouTube at KCCR Sports with Jon Winkler and Greg Dean on the call.