WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11:
Castlewood @ Volga Cormorants, 8:00pm
Milbank @ Aurora A’s, 8:00pm
Volga Post 114 @ Madison, DH, 6:00pm
Sioux Falls East @ Bombers Black, DH, 4:00pm, Mickelson Field
Bandits @ Watertown, DH, 5:00pm
Bombers Gray @ Watertown, 6:00pm
THURSDAY, JUNE 12:
Sioux Falls Central @ Bombers Gray, 6:00pm, Mickelson
Minor League Games (5:30, Four Fields)
-- Rockies vs. Royals
-- Cardinals vs. Twins
-- Cubs & Giants practice
Major League Games (7:00, Four Fields)
-- BraVo's vs. Superior Homes
-- Century 21 vs. First Bank & Trust
-- CF Promo vs. Pizza Ranch
VOLGA LEGION…Volga Post 114 begins a tough stretch of games Wednesday night with a doubleheader at Madison. Game one starts at 6:00pm.
Volga coach Randy Santema on the matchup: 97637 :36 "with a win".
Post 114 also has games upcoming with Milbank and Castlewood – plus a berth in the Brookings American Legion tournament.
AMATEUR RANKINGS…Alexandria and the Renner Monarchs lead their respective divisions in the first South Dakota amateur baseball poll of the season.
Alexandria is No. 1 in Class B and Renner in Class A.
Here are the complete rankings:
Class B — 1. Alexandria; 2. Parkston Mudcats; 3. Dimock-Emery; 4. (Tie) Canova and Madison; 6. Dell Rapids PBR; 7. Crofton, Neb.; 8. Wynot, Neb.; 9. (Tie) Clark and Salem.; 10. (Tie) Winner and Larchwood, Iowa.
Class A — 1. Renner Monarchs; 2. Sioux Falls Brewers; 3. Pierre; 4. Vermillion Red Sox; 5. (Tie) Yankton and Sioux Falls Saints.
AURORA BASEBALL…For a team that was almost non-existant, the Aurora A’s are alive and well.
Manager Terry Anderson says, at one point, he was in danger of not having enough players for a team. He put out some feelers, and now has an 18-man roster.
Brookings doesn’t have an amateur team, and two former Cubby’s players are making contributions. 97640 :28 "well batting, too".
Anderson says the A’s defense has been a pleasant surprise, and would like to see his pitchers cut down their walks. Offensively, Anderson wants to see more consistency up-and-down the order. 97641 :32 "working on that".
Anderson says Clark’s the team to beat in the Eastern Dakota League, but says traditional powers like Castlewood, Lake Norden and Milbank have already beaten each other this season.
DWU BASEBALL RESIGN…After six years as the head coach of the Dakota Wesleyan University baseball program, Steve Gust is stepping down.
Gust, who led the Tigers to the championship game of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament in May, has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Minnesota Crookston, an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Gust went 154-157, including a 27-24 mark in 2014. He has coached 48 All-GPAC athletes, including one pitcher-of-the-year and one player-of-the-year. He has also coached three GPAC Gold Glove winners, two NAIA All-Americans and 11 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Gust takes over a Crookston team that went 1-47 overall and 0-36 in the NSIC in 2014.
SDSU SWIM SIGNEES…South Dakota State head swimming & diving coach Brad Erickson has signed 13 women and five men, who will begin classes this fall – including two from South Dakota.
On the men’s side, Parker Brown (Cambridge, Minn.), Josh Gasper (Columbus, Neb.), Garret Shimko (Riverside, Calif.),
Christopher Rumrill (Pierre, S.D.) and Donovan Taylor (Fort Francis, Ontario) will all join the Jacks this fall. Taylor is coming to Brookings by way of a transfer from Indiana.
Rumrill joins former Govs Daniel Jacobson and Alex McLain on the Jackrabbit roster and will swim the butterfly, IM and sprint freestyle.
On the women’s side, 13 prep athletes will join the Summit League runner-ups in the fall, including: Olivia Bartel (New London, Wis.), Kalen Critchley (Prince Township, Ontario), Hannah Crump (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Kristin Erf (Oakdale, Minn.), Gretchen Frick (Lawrence, Kan.), Jade Goosen (Durban, South Africa), Cassie Hendricks (Brookings, S.D.), Paige Hinton (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Emily Moore (Des Moines, Iowa), Sydney Rasmussen (Melrose, Minn.), Emily
Rosenthal (El Cajon, Calif.), Katya Vakshteyn (Leawood, Kan.) and Alexandra Yaeger (Savage, Minn.). Yaeger is transferring from Northeastern University.
Hendricks will continue the family tradition of swimming for the Jacks as she joins her sister Kendra, who is currently on the roster, and her older sister Ellie, who swam for four years at SDSU. Hendricks will swim the backstroke and freestyle. She was a South Dakota state champion and a state record holder.
SDSU WBB…NCAA basketball coaches have the opportunity to work with players a couple hours a week – and the SDSU staff is putting that time to use.
Associate head coach Mike Jewett works with the post players, and says they can improve. 97638 :28 "in the post".
As a team, Jewett says SDSU has to take better care of the ball, and be mentally tougher. 97639 :34 "to get above".
Jewett says the coaching staff has a couple of camps remaining – then, by NCAA rules, will spend a few days in July recruiting.