NEW: TRAPPERS ELIMINATE STICKS, ADVANCE TO STATE
Facing two must-wins game in 90-plus degree heat, Scotland/Menno staved off elimination twice and punched their ticket to the 16U State VFW Tournament with wins over Salem and Freeman/Menno Wednesday evening in Freeman. The Trappers first defeated the Cubs 8-5 and then took out the Sticks 7-2 to earn one of two Region 4 spots in the state tournament next week in Parkston.
Scotland/Menno will play Tyndall in the championship round on Thursday; with both teams already qualified for state, the final round is simply to determine who is Rep. 1 and who is Rep. 2 for seeding purposes.
The Trappers had to come back through the loser’s bracket after dropping their first game of the tournament to Tyndall 2-0 and improve to 7-6 on the season.
“It’s a good group of guys any way you look at it,” said Kory Foss, a coach for Scotland/Menno. “You lose that first game in a double-elimination tournament — that’s tough. But they knew they could put runs on the board, and they support each other. It’s fun to be with a group like this, from two different towns, who act like they’re brothers. It’s fun to see. They deserve it.”
The Sticks won their first game of the tournament 11-1 over Parker before losing two on Wednesday to end their 2023 campaign 11-8.