Baseball team drops first two games
Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014
The Custer baseball team traveled to Spearfish for a tournament this past weekend and played a double-header for its opening day. Their first test was against Billings, Mont., with the second game facing Sioux Falls Roosevelt. With some opening day miscues and limited experience on the field, the team lost both games, 13-1 and 12-0, respectively.
Against Billings, leading hitters included Matt Lepke, Joe Rush, Reed Ashmore and Logan Block. Rush and Block added to their stats with stolen bases, with Block scoring the lone run in the bottom of the third on an error. Lepke tossed 63 pitches over two and half innings, with four runs against his efforts. Lepke experienced an injury on the mound and was moved to shortstop at the top of the third. Ashmore took over pitching and threw 31 pitches, allowing nine runs.
Sioux Falls did not allow any hits by Custer; however, Wyatt Dooley, Chance Dooley, Rush and Ashmore witnessed some field experience by a base on balls. Rush added another stolen base on two attempts. Defensively, Rush started the game as pitcher, with Ashmore and Lepke also seeing time on the mound. Sioux Falls scored 10 runs in the first inning, with two additional runs in the bottom of the second. Playing shortstop, Ben Wahlstrom led the team with assists, throwing out three runners.
“Although we faced a challenging couple of games, I am really proud of the team,” head coach Brian Embrey said. “The older players kept their composure and tried their best to keep spirits high. The younger players stepped up to the challenge and made some great plays. Considering the limited number of practices over the past few weeks, I thought the guys played pretty well.”
Both Billings and Sioux Falls have high school baseball teams and have already played a spring season. Coming into the tournament, Billings had already played 10 games and Sioux Falls had played 14 games.
The baseball team is sponsored by the Custer VFW and has nine players. Additional players are invited to join the team. Practices take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15-7:15 p.m. at the baseball field near the high school. Registration is required and may be completed by contacting the Custer YMCA.
“The Custer VFW has been very supportive of our local team. Their excitement for our community’s youth is contagious, and their unwavering dedication toward our players is awe inspiring,” Embrey said.
Custer’s next contest comes up in late June with a trip to Lead-Deadwood for the Annual Wood Bat Tournament.
“We are working on a few things to sharpen our game and will be swinging the bat quite often this next week,” Embrey said. “With two games under our belts and a little more confidence, I believe we are going to witness some great improvements.”
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