Pierre Finishes 2-2 at the Dakota Classic with a Win over Sioux Falls East

Pierre Finishes 2-2 at the Dakota Classic with a Win over Sioux Falls East

Pierre went Even Steven over the weekend at the Dakota Classic in Sioux Falls going 2-2, but won the most important game of the weekend, beating Sioux Falls East in a come from behind fashion late Saturday night.

The weekend didn’t start out well for the Eights as they were two hit by Orono, Minnesota in an 8-0 loss on Friday. Pierre was unable to string base runners together in the six inning loss, but it changed on Saturday in a big way against Columbus, Nebraska. Lincoln Kienholz led off the third inning with a solo shot, his first of the year and then put up five runs in the top of the fifth including a two RBI triple by Jayden Wiebe who had two in the game. Brecken Krueger went the distance on the mound allowing three earned runs on seven hits, walking just one and striking out two.

Then late Saturday night, Pierre went down quickly to Sioux Falls East thanks to a two run home run from Jack Smith and it was 5-0 after two innings. However, nine men came to the plate and all nine men reached base and scored in the top of fourth to give Pierre a 9-5 lead. Pierre would add another run in the fifth, sixth and seventh for a 12-9 victory as Jackson Edman picked up the win going four and two thirds with Kienholz shutting the door in the final inning and a third. Wiebe drove in three runs while Grayson Hunsley had another two RBI.

On Sunday Pierre tried to tempt the same fortune by going down by 11 after four innings and climbing back with a seven run fifth making it 14-10 to Omaha Gross. But the hole was dug too deep and Omaha scored four in the bottom of the sixth to win 18-10. Matthew Hanson, Aron Booth and Hunsley each had two RBI in the loss.

Brian White, manager of Post 8 says Pierre had a good weekend…

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White says when you get the consistent at-bats like a weekend tournament brings, the team starts to hit better as was the case this weekend…

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Pierre faces East again on Wednesday and White says he hopes the first win shows they can beat anybody…

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Coverage will begin at 4:45 on Wednesday at Hyde Stadium as Pierre faces East with first pitch at 5:00. The games will be on KCCR and on YouTube at KCCR Sports with Jon Winkler on the call.