Ball Five: Youth teams have successful seasons

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By Jay Davis

The Mobridge Midgets won the Yellowstone Trail Conference Tournament at the MYO complex on Saturday. The YTC champs are: (back from left) coach Scott Hoffman, coach Ryan Hoffman, Jalen Hitland, Caleb Dockter, Carson Keller, Josh Chase, coach Colton Good Shield and coach Chase Schoenhard; (middle from left) Dalton Faehnrich, Noah Bauer, Brady Greger, Dylan Cerney, Nathan Bauer, Stone Jensen, Michael Davis and Donovan Two Lance; (front from left) Mason Schoenhard, Jaden Shepherd, Caden Lenz, Reece Cerney, Noah Fried and Keene Schlomer.

The Mobridge Midgets won the Yellowstone Trail Conference Tournament at the MYO complex on Saturday. The YTC champs are: (back from left) coach Scott Hoffman, coach Ryan Hoffman, Jalen Hitland, Caleb Dockter, Carson Keller, Josh Chase, coach Colton Good Shield and coach Chase Schoenhard; (middle from left) Dalton Faehnrich, Noah Bauer, Brady Greger, Dylan Cerney, Nathan Bauer, Stone Jensen, Michael Davis and Donovan Two Lance; (front from left) Mason Schoenhard, Jaden Shepherd, Caden Lenz, Reece Cerney, Noah Fried and Keene Schlomer.

If your question is “Jay, what did you do while you were away from the office?” The answer would be that I spent a lot of time at the baseball field at Little League games.
The Mobridge team, of which my son Michael is a player, had a great season. The culmination of their success came on Saturday when they won the Yellowstone Trail Conference championship on Saturday at the MYO complex.
The boys were on top of their game on Saturday. They won big in both their games. They beat Herreid 13-3 in the semifinals and Selby 16-6 in the title tilt.
With the two wins, the team finished the season with a 12-1 record. Their only loss was an exciting and high-scoring 21-20 loss to Eureka last Wednesday. They were that close to a perfect season.
The YTC is a six-team conference with Mobridge, Eureka, Selby, Herreid, Bowdle and Edmunds Central. Mobridge and Eureka tied during the regular season, each team finishing with a 9-1 record.
The only other loss the team had was the coin flip that gave Eureka the number one seed for the tournament. The rematch was anticipated in the championship game but Selby put that thought to rest by ousting Eureka in the semifinals.
The younger half of the team played in a 12-and-under tournament in Selby the previous Saturday and finished second. The boys downed Gettysburg 5-0 and Hoven 12-2 to get to the championship game. They were victims of circumstances that may have cost them.
After playing the 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. games, and finishing them by 11:10 a.m., the boys had to sit and wait a long time. The games on the other field were as far behind schedule as the Mobridge wins put their field ahead of schedule. The championship game was slated for 1:30 p.m. and did not start until 3 p.m. After sitting in boiling hot bleachers for four hours, the team showed a bit of lethargy in the championship. They fell behind 5-0 before they got it together. They outscored Onida 6-4 the rest of the way but had to settle as runners-up after dropping a 9-6 game.
I did not attend the 10-and-under games, but the youngsters have some talent too. The team was split into two separate teams for the league tourney and they finished first and third.
Between the 10-and-under team and the Little League (Midgets) team, Mobridge had more than 40 kids out for baseball this year. Enough are graduating MYO that it looks like the Bridge City will be back in the Teener baseball business again next year after not being able to field a team this year.
Parents, keep your boys in good leather gloves and well-fitting cleats. We have a lot of boys with a talent for the game. This was once a big baseball town. We could be on the verge of becoming one again.

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