FREEMAN, S.D. — A month ago, it looked like Wynot’s chances of returning to the State B Amateur baseball tournament were pretty slim.
They got it all together at the right time, though, to earn a spot in next month’s Class B State Tourney at Mitchell’s Cadwell Park.
The Wynot Expos baseball team needed extra innings to do it, but they were able to pull off a big 6-3 12th-inning win over top-seed Lesterville in the semifinals to advance to Saturday night’s District 6B title game.
Jackson Sudbeck’s seventh strikeout against top-seeded Lesterville wrapped things up in a 6-3 semifinal win for the No. 4 Expos (10-11).
He forced the whiff in the 12th inning of the marathon match.
The Expos clinched a state berth and will play in the district title game 7 p.m., Saturday, against either No. 2 Tabor or No. 3 Freeman.
A Jalen Wieseler double broke the 3-3 tie that held after regulation play and he was brought home on a Scott Morrison single for a 5-3 12th inning lead.
A Landon Wieseler infield hit accounted for the final margin.
Sudbeck then closed things out with a 1-2-3 inning from the bump, as both teams’ pitchers combined to only issue one walk all game.
In the tournament opener, the Expos earned an 8-3 win over Crofton. Dain Whitmire was the starting pitcher and pitched four innings and gave up three runs.
Jackson Sudbeck came in and didn’t allow a run in the game.
“Defensively, we played well and when Crofton got runners on, we made plays to get out of the inning,” Wynot’s head coach Lee Heimes said of the pivotal moments of action.
Offensively, Jackson Sudbeck was 4-for-5 with three RBI and Peyton Wieseler was 2-for-5 with two RBI.