The Flandreau Cardinals got one of the toughest draws in the State tournament, playing the number one ranked team in the State, Alexandria, in the opening round last Friday night, falling 4-1 and putting an end to their season.
After getting two quick outs in the third inning, the Alexandria Angels went on a run, scoring two off Flandreau starter Bret Severtson, the second run turned out to be the winning run.
Flandreau responded the next inning with their lone run of the game. Rick Weber led off the inning by getting hit by the pitch. Pick up player Jason Solma of Harrisburg followed with a single to the outfield to put runners on first and second with no outs. Both runners advanced a base on a Tanner Harris bunt. Weber came around to score on an RBI groundout by pick up player Brain Miller of Madison to make it 2-1 in favor of the Angels.
Alexandria tacked on solo runs in the fourth and the seventh to make it 4-1 but Flandreau was unable to get anything else going in the game off Trever Vermuelen, SDSU’s all-time saves leader, who was pitching for Alexandria.
Solma finished the game with two of Flandreau’s three hits, with Rick Weber picking up the third. Flandreau batters struck out 16 times on the night.
Severtson pitched six and two thirds innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out five. Zach Weber pitched the final inning and two thirds allowing no runs on no hits and striking out one.
Flandreau finished the season with an 11-13 record, (9-9 in league play). The game also marks the end of an era. Flandreau utility man and Manager, Rick Weber has decided to hang up the spikes after 33 years of playing amateur baseball in South Dakota. His career started when he was 16 as a State Tournament pick up player for Spencer (Salem didn’t have a team back then); his career ended in a very fitting place on Friday– the State Tournament, with a hit in his final at bat.
Weber honored at State Tourney
After 33 years in the game, Rick Weber played in his final game last Friday, falling to Alexandria, 4-1, in the first round of the State tournament, but before the game, Weber was honored with the Randy Weber Inspirational Award.
The award is given to a player that best exemplifies a high degree of inspiration to his teammates.
The award’s namesake, Randy Weber was in a car accident in 2009 and remains paralyzed from the waist down. The award states that Randy is an inspiration to all that know him including his wife, Connie and family with his spirit, positive outlook, determination and faith.
“I am honored and humbled by receiving the award. Randy is a true inspiration to anyone who knows him and for what he has gone through in the past three plus years,” Rick Weber said.
This is the second year of the annual award – Scott Backes of Harrisburg was the inaugural winner of the award last year.