Three runs in the first inning proved to be enough for the Colman A’s amateur baseball team to defeat the Lennox Reds, 12-2, in the opening round of the Amateur State Tournament in Sioux Falls Friday afternoon. The A’s tacked on nine more runs before the game was over to earn the mercy rule victory.
Deon Entringer led the first inning off with a walk and scored two batters later on a Billy Stitz triple to right center. Stitz came around to score a few pitches later when pick up player, Rob Lind of Humboldt Hartford, roped a single to center field to make it 2-0. A series of bad plays by Lennox and a single by Adam Fritz allowed Lind to score for the A’s third and final run of the inning.
Lennox put an unearned run on the board in the top of the third inning off Colman starter Brandon Womack to bring the deficit to just two at 3-1.
Colman (15-11) responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to bring their lead back to three runs, 4-1, after three innings of play.
Lennox scratched across another run off Womack in the top of the fifth but Colman responded with five runs on six hits including Stitz’s second triple of the game and back to back doubles off the wall by Deon and Derek Entringer to bring the score to 9-2 after five innings.
Colman put the game away in the sixth with three more runs. Stitz led off with a single to right field. Lind followed with a walk and Aaron Entringer would follow with a RBI fielder’s choice to score Stitz.
Lind came around to score on an Adam Fritz single, who then scored on a series of passed balls to make it 12-2 after six innings.
Womack put a bow on it in the seventh; setting the Reds down in order to pick up the A’s first State tournament win since they started their program back up in 2005.
Lind paced the A’s going 3-3 with a walk, two RBIs and four runs scored. Stitz finished 3-4 with two triples, one RBI and three runs scored. Deon Entringer finished 2-2 with two walks, while Fritz finished 2-4 with a run and two RBIs.
Womack went the distance for Colman, allowing just four hits and striking out three to earn his sixth win of the year.
Colman played their second game of the State tourney Monday night at 8:00 PM against the Dimock-Emery Raptors, if they won that game, they play this Thursday night at 8 p.m. against the winner of the Salem vs. Dell Rapids PBR game.