CUBBY’S…The Renner Monarchs came into Bob Shelden Field Thursday and left with a 14-5 win over the Brookings Cubby’s.
Erik DeJong had four hits and four RBI to lead the Monarch offense. Nate Hewes, Brian McGuire and Juan Thomas each had three hits – Thomas also drove in three. Renner had 19 hits in the game.
Andy Lee had three hits, with Kelby Beste accounting for two hits and two RBI for Brookings.
Sam Gotham allowed three runs on seven hits and nine strikeouts over seven innings for the victory. Joey Texley allowed six runs on twelve hits in five innings, and was charged with the loss.
REGION 1A LEGION…Watertown picked up a 14-12 extra-inning win in the first championship game on Thursday in the Region 1A American Legion Baseball Tournament at Fossum Field in Aberdeen, and handed the Smitty’s their first loss of the double-elimination tourney. That Aberdeen loss forced a second and deciding game, which Aberdeen won 9-5 in regulation.
REGION 2A LEGION…Mitchell claimed its first Region 2A championship under coach Luke Norden, defeating Brandon Valley 11-10 in 11 innings Thursday at Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls.
Post 18’s most recent region title came in 2008, winning the Region 1A championship. But in exciting fashion, Post 18 had to rally midway through the game and got a big hit from Jared Schmidt in the top of the 11th for this year’s championship.
REGION 3A LEGION…Sturgis forced another game with the Region 3A tournament title in the balance after a 23-13 win Thursday in Pierre. Both teams have already qualified for the state tournament through their previous games in the tournament.
The game with a score suited more for football featured 36 total runs and 33 total hits as both teams showed the effects of a shortened pitching staff. The two teams also combined for 10 errors.
“B” LEGION…The state “B” American Legion baseball tourney begins Friday in Webster.
Opening round matchups in the double-elimination tourney include McCook/Miner County vs. Vermillion…Winner/Colome vs. Flandreau…Milbank vs. Tabor…and Groton vs. Webster.
TEENER TOURNEYS…Clear Lake and Vermillion will be hosting state baseball tournaments this weekend.
The opening round for the Class B 13-14 VFW Teener Baseball Tournament in Clear Lake Friday has Webster playing Flandreau at noon Friday followed by Garretson vs. Colome at 2:30 p.m., Platte vs. Kimball-White Lake at 6 p.m. and Canova vs. Clear Lake at 8 p.m. The championship is set for 6 p.m. Sunday.
The opening round for the Class A 13-14 VFW Teener Baseball Tournament in Vermillion Friday has Tabor playing Madison at noon followed by Harrisburg vs. Dakota Valley at 2:30 p.m., Dell Rapids vs. Parkston at 6:30 p.m. and Vermillion vs. Crooks at 8 p.m. The championship is set for 6 p.m. Sunday.
VFW BASEBALL…The VFW 15-15 “AA” minors state baseball tournament begins Friday at Riverside Park in Yankton. The schedule:
Sioux Falls Central vs. Yankton, 9 a.m.
Brandon Valley vs. Sioux Falls South, 11:15 a.m.
Brookings vs. Watertown, 1:30 p.m.
Aberdeen vs. Pierre, 3:45 p.m.
Brookings vs. Sioux Falls Central, 6 p.m.
Watertown vs. Yankton, 8:15 p.m.
Aberdeen vs. Sioux Falls South, 9 a.m.
Brandon Valley vs. Pierre, 11:15 a.m.
Sioux Falls Central vs. Watertown, 1:30 p.m.
Pierre vs. Sioux Falls South, 3:45 p.m.
Aberdeen vs. Brandon Valley, 6 p.m.
Brookings vs. Yankton, 8:15 p.m.
SEVENTH: Pool A 4th vs. Pool B 4th, 9 a.m.
FIFTH: Pool A 3rd vs. Pool B 3rd, 11:15 a.m.
SEMIFINALS: Pool A 1st vs. Pool B 2nd, 1:30 p.m.
Pool B 1st vs. Pool A 2nd, 3:45 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.
TWINS…Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits in six shutout innings, and the Seattle Mariners scored six runs in the second en route to an 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Iwakuma (10-4), who won his third straight decision, struck out nine and walked one. Since moving into the starting rotation on July 2, 2012, Iwakuma has gone 18-8 with a 2.78 ERA in 38 starts.
Against the Twins, Iwakuma is 4-0 and hasn't allowed an earned run in 26 2-3 consecutive innings over his four starts — Minnesota's third longest streak. He has held the Twins to a .168 batting average with eight walks and 24 strikeouts.
Felix Hernandez, who starts Friday, has the fourth longest streak at 24 straight scoreless innings.
Nick Franklin hit a three-run home run in the Mariners' big second inning. Dustin Ackley had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs.
VIKINGS…For the Minnesota Vikings, bettering last season will be a challenge.
Another seven-win improvement? That's impossible, since they went 10-6 last year and there are only 16 games to play. Yes, unpredictability abounds in the NFL, but on the surface their schedule has the potential to be more difficult. And as good as Adrian Peterson is at running the ball, well, there's no precedent in league history for consecutive 2,000 seasons.
Plus, after sneaking up on some teams last year, the Vikings will surely be taken more seriously by their opponents this fall.
But so far, their progress remains on track.
No offseason arrests or trouble. No lingering injuries to key players. Everyone signed on time. That made coach Leslie Frazier happy as he arrived at training camp on Thursday.
PAC 12-NCAA…Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says sweeping changes in the NCAA can come without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five.
Scott is the latest and last leader from the big five conferences to make a public push for NCAA changes that will allow the schools with the most resources to have the more freedom to determine how they use them.
Speaking at the Pac-12's mini-media days that lined up with its football coaches appearing on ESPN, Scott said he doesn't consider the debate over NCAA governance as "an us vs. them situation."
He says: "I don't think it will be as confrontational and controversial a process as some of the reports I have heard this week."
DRUG TESTS…Australian researchers say current controls on drug use in sports are doomed to fail and performed largely for show.
The University of Adelaide study, examining worldwide data of positive doping tests from 93 sports, found that single, random drug tests caught drug cheats only 2.9 percent of the time. For a 100 percent strike rate, every athlete in the world would need to be tested up to 50 times a year.
Study co-author professor Maciej Henneberg said Friday "it appears anti-doping policies are in place more for perception, to show that the right thing is being done. ... In practice ... the anti-doping system is doomed to fail."
BHS ACTIVITY SIGNUPS…Wednesday July 31st and Thursday August 1, The Brookings Activities office will have a mandatory activities sign-up for students in sports for grade 7-12 and fine arts in grades 9-12. The sign-up is for all students that will be participating in a sport or fine art during the 2013-2014 school year. The times for sign-up on both days will be 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the High School Commons.
You will need to turn in the following forms signed by both the guardian and the participant:
2013-14 Acknowledge of Risk Form
2013-14 Concussion Fact Sheet
2013-14 Consent Form
2013-14 HIPPA Form
2013-14 Physical Exam Form
2013-14 Preparticipation History Form
2013-14 Activity Insurance Participant Form
These forms can be picked up in the Activities office starting Monday July 29th or by going to the Brookings Activities website and under Activities/Athletics downloading the forms located under Activities Forms section.
PEDAL TO PARK…The “Pedal to the Park” is coming up August 4th at 12:30 pm at Oakwood Lakes State Park. The event begins at Sioux River Bicycle and Fitness in Brookings, and participants will bike to Oakwood Lakes State Park. Refreshments will be provided at the park. Return rides will not be furnished. Everyone is encouraged to bike back or arrange for a ride. The entry fee is $8, with proceeds going to the Parks and Wildlife Foundation.