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  • STATE CHAMPIONS: 13-14 Teeners defeat Rapid City for title
    (08.09.04) -- Pierre Post 8 made quick work of Sioux Falls East Sunday morning, then defeated Rapid City American later that night to become the 13-14 Teener VFW State AA Champions at Hyde Stadium in Pierre. Post 8 first had to take care of a game that was delayed from Saturday due to rain. The game, which had Pierre leading 3-0 in the 3rd when delayed, ended in five innings with Post 8 claiming a 12-0 win. Sam Koenecke, Matt Farris and Michael Gardner each had a pair of hits, with Kyle Cichos gaining the victory. In the championship, Post 8 scored nine runs in the first two innings, and added two in the 5th to hang on for an 11-8 win. Pierre had three two-out hits in the 1st inning, capped by Will Corcoran's two-run triple. Leading 9-1 after two, starting pitcher Koenecke was the victim of errors, as Rapid City put up four unearned runs in the 3rd to cut the margin to 9-6. Cichos took to the hill in the 4th, and allowed a pair of runs, but escaped a jam in the 5th to keep the score 9-8. Alex Lauseng then doubled down the left field line to give Pierre a two-run lead, and scored on a squeeze to add another. Michael Gardner hurled the last two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two for his first save of the year. Pierre ends their season with a 36-2 record and the state championship. This is only the 11th state championship in Post 8 baseball history (Legion - '36, '37, '38, '39, '67, '68 ; A Teeners - '64, '66, '86, '94), and the first at the 13-14 teener level.
  • 13-14 Teeners reach semis
    (08.06.04) -- With rain and lightning pushing the final game into the early hours of Saturday morning, the Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners bats awoke for 11 hits in the final three innings as Post 8 defeated Mitchell 10-2 in the first round of the State 13-14 VFW AA Tournament Friday night at Hyde Stadium. Jordan Shangreaux doubled to right center to score Michael Gardner in the 2nd to give Pierre the early advantage. A throwing error gave Mitchell a run in the 3rd, but Post 8 grabbed four in both the 4th and 5th. After Jordan Heckenlaible reached on an error to leadoff the 4th, Matt Farris smacked a triple to deep right center to give Pierre the lead for good. Gardner hurled a complete game, striking out nine. He allowed just three hits - an infield single, a bloop double to left, and a wrong-way single in the 7th. Shangreaux went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI to lead Post 8 offensively, while Gardner, Farris and Derrick Heninger each added two hits. Pierre will take on Sioux Falls East in the final game Saturday night, with the winner advancing to the state championship. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Hyde.
    BOX SCORE: Pierre 10, Mitchell 2
       |   >>>Tournament Bracket<<<
  • Region 3AA Champs: 13-14 Teeners undefeated in Aberdeen
    (08.02.04) -- Pierre Post 8's 13-14 Teeners went 3-0 at the Region 4AA Tournament this past weekend, winning the championship Sunday at Fossum Field in Aberdeen. Post 8 started their weekend by scoring 11 runs in the top of the 1st inning, en route to a 13-3 five-inning victory over Rapid City National. Sam Koenecke had two hits and drove in four runs, Michael Gardner had two hits and Matt Farris tripled for Post 8. Kyle Cichos was the winning pitcher, allowing three unearned runs while striking out five. Saturday night almost spelled disaster for Post 8 until Matt Farris stroked a two-run triple to left field in the 5th, giving Post 8 a 10-8 lead they would eventually make an 11-8 win over Huron PB Sports. Farris also doubled and had an inside-the-park home run in the game. Jayson herra had two hits, one a triple, and Graham Schuetzle added two hits for Pierre. Cichos got the victory by throwing two innings in relief, with Jordan Heckenlaible throwing the 7th for his second save. Then on Sunday, Pierre dismantled Huron 11-0 in five innings to win the region title. Michael Gardner threw a two-hitter, striking out eight, and was perfect through three innings. Heckenlaible and Gardner each had two hits to lead Post 8. Pierre, now 33-2, rides a 16-game winning streak into the VFW State 13-14 AA Teener Tournament Friday through Sunday at Hyde Stadium. Post 8 will play Mitchell Black in the last game of the first round, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. >>>VFW State 13-14 Tournament Bracket<<<
  • 13-14 Teeners end season with sweep of Huron
    (07.22.04) -- The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners concluded their regular season by sweeping Huron PB Sports, 18-8 and 12-6, Thursday night at Hyde Stadium. Post 8 fell behind 4-0 after the top of the 1st, and 6-3 after the top of the 2nd. They then scored eight runs in the 2nd to take the lead for good, winning 18-8 in five innings. Kyle Cichos picked up the win in relief, throwing three innings and striking out five. Sam Koenecke and Jordan Shangreaux each had three hits in the opener. In the nightcap, Jayson Herra led off Post 8 1st with a long drive over the right field fence, the third Pierre home run of the season, starting a nine-run 1st inning en route to a 12-6 victory. Shangreaux had three hits at the plate, and was the winning pitcher. Shangreaux was 6-for-6 with five RBI in the doubleheader, while Herra was 3-for-4 with a single, triple, and homer, along with three walks and a sacrifice fly. Pierre ends their regular season with a 30-2 mark. They will have an eight-day layoff until the regional tournament, next weekend at Aberdeen's Fossum Field.
  • Shangreaux throws no-hitter; 13-14 win streak at 11
    (07.16.04) -- Jordan Shangreaux tossed a complete game no-hitter, propelling the Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners to a sweep of the Brookings Bombers, 3-0 and 11-2 Friday afternoon at Mickelson Field in Brookings. Game one saw Shangreaux face just one batter over the minimum, 22. He took a perfect game into the 6th, when he hit a batter, a runner that Post 8 quickly doubled off. Brookings did get a base runner in the 7th on an infield error, but that was it. Shangreaux only struck out one, getting nine groundball outs and ten flyball outs. Alex Lauseng had a pair of hits and scored twice, and Sam Koenecke was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly to lead Pierre offensively. In game two, Post 8 used a five-run 1st inning and a three-hitter from Jayson Herra to claim an 11-2 victory. Herra tossed a complete game, walking four and striking out three. The Bombers' run in the 4th ended a streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings for Post 8. Matt Farris was 2-for-4 with 3 runs batted in and a double, and Herra added a triple for Pierre. Post 8 improved their record to 28-2 on the season, pushing their win streak to 11. They have just two games left in the regular season, hosting Huron PB Sports Thursday night. Game time is 5 p.m. at Hyde Stadium.
  • 13-14 shutout Aberdeen
    (07.14.04) -- Pierre Post 8's 13-14 Teeners held the Region 4A opponent Aberdeen Titans scoreless for all 14 innings Wednesday, winning 6-0 and 1-0 at Fossum Field in Aberdeen. Post 8 and the Titans each managed just seven hits in the doubleheader, but Post 8's pitching was too much. Sam Koenecke was the winning pitcher in the opener, striking out four and walking just one batter in a complete game victory. Pierre scored two unearned runs in the 4th, then scored four in the 6th, capped by a Jordan Shangreaux bases loaded squeeze bunt that, coupled with an Aberdeen throwing error, cleared the bases. In game two, Kyle Cichos threw a two-hit gem, striking out five as Post 8 won 1-0. Matt Farris tripled to lead off the 5th, and then trotted home on a wild pitch for the only run of the game. Pierre improved to 26-2 on the season, and have one final regular season road trip Friday, as they head to Brookings for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
  • 13-14s win two at Mitchell
    (07.12.04) -- The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners kicked off a six-game, three-town road trip this week with a sweep of Mitchell Monday afternoon at Drake Field in Mitchell. Post 8 took game one 15-0 in three innings, then needed six for an 18-8 victory. Alex Lauseng threw a no-hitter, with one batter reaching on an error, striking out four in the opener. Matt Farris knocked a three-run home run to lead Pierre offensively. Sam Koenecke went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI, Jordan Shangreaux doubled and tripled, and Jayson Herra and Jason Livermont each had two hits for Pierre. In game two, Jordan Heckenlaible threw four innings in relief, allowing three runs to get the win. Mitchell led 8-6 after three innings, but Pierre scored the final 12 runs for the victory. Kyle Cichos had three hits, including a triple, and four RBI, with Graham Schuetzle adding three hits, one a double. Will Corcoran and Derrick heninger each added two hits, Heninger knocking a triple, to aid Pierre. With six games left in the regular season, Post 8 holds a 24-2 record. They are back in action Wednesday, taking on the regional rival Aberdeen Titans at Fossum Field. The Titans handed Pierre their first loss, 9-3, in Pierre on June 18. Game time Wednesday afternoon is 1 p.m.
  • 13-14 Teeners take two from Watertown
    (07.01.04) -- Pierre Post 8's 13-14 Teeners improved to 22-2, taking a doubleheader from the Watertown Black Sox Thursday afternoon at Hyde Stadium. In the opener, Post 8 used a six-run 4th en route to a 10-1 victory. Michael Gardner threw 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, getting the win. Alex Lauseng finished the contest in relief. Matt Farris hit an inside-the-park home run to lead Post 8 offensively. Derrick Heninger added two hits for the winners. In game two, Pierre held off a Black Sox rally for a 3-2 victory. Pierre scored three runs in the first four innings, then allowed two unearned runs in the 7th, and with two on, Sam Koenecke forced a popout to end the game. Koenecke went three innings in relief, getting the save, while Kyle Cichos went four innings for the win. Pierre only had four hits in the nightcap. Pierre will be at home Monday night, taking on Chamberlain. Game time is 5 p.m. at Hyde Stadium.
  • 13-14s hit 20 wins; sweep Chamberlain
    (06.29.04) -- The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners made short work of Chamberlain, improving their record to 20-2 with two victories stopped after five innings Tuesday night at Grieg Field. Chamberlain only managed one hit in the doubleheader, as the leadoff batter of game one hit a blooper into right field. Post 8 claimed the opener 11-0. Chance Frederick threw the first game, striking out three, allowing just the one hit. Alex Lauseng had two hits and three RBI, and Sam Koenecke had two hits and two RBI for Post 8. Derrick Heninger tripled, Michael Gardner doubled, and Jayson Herra had one of each in the win. Game two saw Jason Livermont throw a five-inning no-hitter, striking out five as Pierre notched a 14-1 victory. Two walks, a wild pitch and a groundball allowed Chamberlain's only run to score. Gardner was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI, with Lauseng adding a two-run double. Post 8 hosts Watertown Thursday, game time is 1 p.m. at Hyde Stadium.
  • 13-14 Teeners win tournament
    (06.26.04) -- The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners won their own tournament this weekend, going 3-1, losing to Sioux Falls West in round robin play before defeating them later on Saturday night to win the title. Pierre opened up the tourney on Friday by winning two games via the 15-run rule. They kicked off Friday by defeating Belle Fourche 17-0. Jayson Herra was the winning pitcher, driving in four runs. Every Post 8 batter reached base. Then they capped off Friday with a 15-0 win. Sam Koenecke was the winner, and again every Post 8 batter reached base. Koenecke and Michael Gardner each drove in three runs, with Gardner adding a pair of doubles. Saturday, Sioux Falls West defeated Pierre 4-3. Pierre fell behind 4-0, and rallied but failed to make up the difference. Kyle Cichos was the losing pitcher, hurling a complete game five-hitter, allowing just one earned run. Gardner, Jordan Heckenlaible and Derrick Heninger each had an RBI. In the title game against West Saturday night, Post 8 was victorious 4-1. Gardner tossed a complete game, striking out nine. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in a run. Chance Frederick chimed in with a pair of hits and an RBI. The Post 8 13-14 Teeners are now 18-2, and they will visit Chamberlain Tuesday night for a 4 p.m. twinbill.
  • 13-14 Teeners sweep Brookings
    (06.21.04) -- Pierre Post 8's 13-14 Teeners upped their mark to 15-1 Monday afternoon, taking a doubleheader from the Brookings Bombers A, 8-5 and 16-6, at Hyde Stadium. Game one saw Post 8 dominate for six innings, leading 8-0, before the Bombers pushed across five unearned runs and had the tying run at the plate when Sam Koenecke got the final out for the save. Chance Frederick was the winning pitcher, throwing the first 6 2/3 innings. Matt Farris led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with a triple. Jordan Shangreaux was 3-for-3, and Alex Lauseng had two hits for the winners. In the second game, Pierre fell behind early, but rallied ten-run the Bombers 16-6 in six innings. Lauseng threw four innings, gaining the victory, with Shangreaux finishing up in relief. Farris went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Jordan Heckenlaible was 4-for-5, and Jayson Herra added three hits for Pierre. Farris also stole home in the rout. Tyler Merriam's squad, 15-1 this year, will play host to their own tournament Friday and Saturday at Hyde Stadium.
  • Perfect no more: 13-14 Teeners split with Aberdeen
    (06.18.04) -- The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners bid for an undefeated season came to an end Friday afternoon at Hyde Stadium, but Post 8 came back to split with the Aberdeen Titans. The Titans broke open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the 6th and three in the 7th as Pierre lost for the first time, 9-3. Aberdeen outhit Post 8 15-4, with the last nine Pierre batters retired. Michael Gardner was charged with the loss. In game two, Post 8 fell behind 3-0 before they exploded for five in the 3rd en route to an 8-4 victory. Matt Farris led the way, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, driving in four. Jayson Herra threw a complete game three-hitter, winning his second game of the year. Tyler Merriam's squad, whose record is 13-1, will be in action Monday prior to the legion. They will take on Brookings in a noon doubleheader at Hyde Stadium.
  • 13-14 Teeners rout Watertown
    (06.16.04) -- Pierre Post 8's 13-14 Teeners dominated Wednesday's doubleheader, taking games 8-2 and 15-0 from the Watertown Black Sox at Watertown Stadium. Post 8 never trailed on the day, scoring in the top of the 1st in each game. They outhit the Black Sox 23-7, and committed just two errors in 12 innings of defense in the sweep. Jordan Shangreaux was the winning pitcher in game one, allowing just three hits while striking out four. Both runs allowed by Shangreaux were unearned. Michael Gardner led Post 8 at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 4 runs batted in and two doubles. In the second game, Sam Koenecke tossed a four-hitter in five innings, striking out six. Jordan Heckenlaible had two hits, including a two-run triple, and Alex Lauseng was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. The 13-14 Teeners remain perfect at 12-0. They host the Region 4AA rival Aberdeen Titans Friday afternoon, game time at 1 p.m. at Hyde Stadium.
  • 13-14 Teeners remain unbeaten against Mitchell
    (06.15.04) -- Mitchell tested the 13-14 Teeners, and they again showed a flair for the dramatics in game one, then rolled in a sweep of the Mitchell 13-14 Teeners to up their mark to 10-0. The opener saw Post 8 up 5-0 after the 1st, 10-6 after the 4th, but tied at 11 going to the bottom of the 7th. With two on and two out, Michael Gardner drove a 3-2 pitch to left field to score Alex Lauseng and notch the 12-11 victory. Jordan Heckenlaible was the winning pitcher, throwing 2 1/3 and striking out four in relief of Jason Livermont. In game two, Kyle Cichos threw five innings of two-hit baseball, striking out seven, and drove in six runs as Post 8 won 11-0 in five innings. Post 8 is on the road Wednesday, as they travel to Watertown for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
  • 13-14 Teeners stay perfect
    (06.09.04) -- It wasn't easy, but the Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners remained unbeaten on the year, defeating Sioux Falls East 7-4 and Sioux Falls West 16-11. In the opening game at Nelson Field in Sioux Falls, East led 4-3 after three innings of a six-inning game. Pierre stared a one-out rally in the fifth as Jason Livermont singled home Jayson Herra to tie the game. After a Sam Koenecke single, Jordan Heckenlaible's flyout to center allowed Livermont to tag up and advance to third, and a poor relay throw allowed Livermont to score the winning run. Koenecke was the winning pitcher, striking out five in five innings. Heckenlaible finished the game off, getting his first save of the year. Game two saw one of the more memorable comebacks in recent history for Post 8, certainly the greatest in the short tenure of Post 8 13-14 teener baseball. Down 10-4 with just five outs left in their seven-inning contest with West, Post 8 began their comeback. Doubles from Alex Lauseng, Chance Frederick and Nate White helped Pierre come back to tie the game at ten all. Then in the top of the 7th, Derrick Heninger doubled and Lauseng bunted him over, beating it out for a hit. After Lauseng stole second, Jason Livermont lined a two-run double into left center to plate the winning runs. Pierre would add four more, and Kyle Cichos finished out the 16-11 win. The 13-14 Teeners, 8-0 this season, have a week off before they finally play at Hyde Stadium. The opponent is Mitchell Tuesday afternoon, with a Noon start time.
  • 13-14 Teeners win Aberdeen Tournament
    (06.07.04) -- Pierre Post 8's 13-14 Teeners trailed the first two innings they played, and dominated the rest of the weekend as they swept four games and were crowned champions of the Aberdeen 13-14 Teener Tournament at Fossum Field. Pierre opened up the tournament with a 5-2 victory over the Redfield 15&16 Teeners. Jayson Herra allowed the first two batters to score, but tossed a three-hitter for the win. Graham Schuetzle drove in two runs in the win. Post 8 then took care of a region foe, the Aberdeen Titans, 10-5. Pierre jumped out to a 9-2 lead after five innings behind a 4-for-4 day from Matt Farris and two triples from Herra, the first of which was to leadoff the game. The Titans scored three in the bottom of the 6th to shorten the margin. Jordan Shangreaux got the win, tossing a complete game. Sunday, Pierre needed just five innings to claim win No. 3, a 12-4 win over the Aberdeen Wolves. Against the younger Aberdeen squad, Evan Fuller got the pitching victory, with Jordan Heckenlaible finishing the last two innings. Chance Frederick and Matt Farris each drove in a pair for Post 8. In the unofficial "championship", Pierre defeated Watertown 9-4. Against a squad who had defeated both Aberdeen teams the previous day, Post 8 jumped out to a 7-2 advantage and never looked back. Sam Koenecke had two hits and Heckenlaible drove in two for Pierre. Jason Livermont went the distance, allowing just six hits. Livermont needed just 68 pitches, only 47 in the last five innings. Pierre, now 6-0 on the year, goes to Sioux Falls Tuesday.
  • 13-14 Teeners sweep Huron
    (06.01.04) -- The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners notched the first two wins for the Post 8 program Tuesday, sweeping the Huron 13-14 Teeners at Memorial Park in Huron. Scheduled for six innings, game one ended up going seven. Post 8 never trailed in the game after a three-run first. Huron quickly retailated, and the teams went back-and-forth, with Huron forcing an extra inning with a run in the sixth. Pierre's first two batters reached, and both came around to score in a 9-7 victory. Kyle Cichos threw five innings, allowing just three hits. Jason Livermont allowed just one run and two hits in two innings of relief, and he was credited with the victory. In game two, Pierre turned out the bats, scoring a run in each of the four innings, easily defeating Huron 16-2. Michael Gardner was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete game. Chance Frederick, Jayson Herra and Sam Koenecke all notched triples in the doubleheader. The 13-14 Teeners, 2-0 on the young season, travel to the Aberdeen Tournament this Saturday and Sunday.
  • Hyde Stadium, Pierre to host 13-14 state
    (03.22.04) -- Pierre Post 8 was chosen to host the 2004 South Dakota State VFW 13-14 AA State Tournament Sunday by the VFW baseball commissioners.
    Region 4AA, which features Pierre, Huron and Aberdeen, was up in the rotation for the state tournament. Aberdeen will be hosting the state legion tournament, so with only Pierre and Huron left, Post 8 was given the nod.
    After receiving the news, 13-14 coach Tyler Merriam said "this is a great opportunity for the city of Pierre and our program. To be able to bring back a VFW tournament to Pierre after all these years is fantastic, and hopefully the town will provide a great atmosphere for our kids to play in."
    The tournament will be Friday through Sunday (August 6-8) at Hyde Stadium, with Pierre playing the last game on Friday night.