2007 PIERRE POST 8 LEGION
Coaches: Jim Iverson & Chris Iverson
Final Record: 45-15
Postseason: Tied for 5th at State
Notes: Jablonski Classic Champions; Koester Tournament Champions
The Pierre Post 8 Legion suffered a disappointing end to an otherwise
exciting regular season, ending with successive double-digit losses at the
State Championship Tournament in Pierre.
Post 8 began the year knocking off Rapid City Post 22 at home, winning 15 of
its first 18 games. From late June thru mid-July, Pierre put together a 20-1
streak, including a stretch of 13 consecutive wins.
Veteran Mike Fisher, playing his last season for Post 8, ended with a
team-high .387 average, leading the team with 20 doubles, eight triples, and
nine home runs, and was second with 55 RBIs.
First baseman Brian Graves also ended his career, hitting .377 with 19
doubles and a team-leading 55 RBIs. He was also 7-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 58.2
The ace of the staff, however, was Michael Gardner. The right-hander was
perfect, starting 10 games, completing eight, and going 11-0 with a 1.76 ERA
in 71.2 innings. He walked only 18 while striking out 42, holding opponents
to a .236 average.
Kyle Cichos hit .371 and was 5-4 on the mound, Jordan LaBrie tallied 14
doubles with a .369 average, and Jordan Heckenlaible also finished with 14
doubles, hitting .354.
One other Post 8 player finished over .300 - Sam Koenecke hit .323.
As for pitching, Willie Knox went 6-5 with a 3.53 ERA, Brian Drapeaux was
6-2 with a 3.82 ERA, and Koenecke also posted a 3-2 mark.
Final Season Results
2007 PIERRE POST 8 SPLIT SQUAD
Coaches: Tyler Merriam & Bob Sullivan
Final Record: 23-37 (13-10 as Split Squad; 10-27 as A Teeners)
Postseason: Region 4AA Runners Up; 4th at State
Notes: Stephens Tournament Runners Up
The Post 8 A Teeners nearly did the impossible, as a 7-23 team in the
regular season knocked off both Aberdeen and Huron to get to the state
tournament, then pulled off the upset of the tournament, 10-running favorite
Watertown in the first round.
In the end, Post 8 lost two close games to finish fourth, but the fact that
they were there was the story of the team.
With only 11 full-time players, it was a struggle, and the numbers show
Mike Coit led the squad offensively, hitting .367 with eight doubles, three
triples and 25 RBIs. Tanner Schaefer hit .356 with 20 RBIs, and Graham
Schuetzle ended at .333 with 13 doubles and 21 RBIs.
Ryan Lauseng had a tremendous year on the mound, posting a 2.89 ERA in 72.2
innings. While his record was only 5-7, opponents hit only .293 against him
in 13 starts. The southpaw allowed only five runs - one earned - in 18
innings of postseason work.
Coit was also strong on the mound, compiling a 3.80 ERA in 66.1 innings, and
Evan Moore turned in a 7-4 mark in 57.1 frames.
Season Statistics /
Final Season Results
2007 PIERRE POST 8 13-14 TEENERS
Coaches: James Berreth & Bill Gayton
Final Record: 33-9
Postseason: 2nd at State
Notes: Kirley Tournament Champions
The Pierre Post 8 13-14 Teeners came one run away from bringing home a state
James Berreth's squad lost just eight regular season games and ran through
pool play in the State Tournament, then dominated Sturgis to advance to the
After surviving a battle with Mitchell to arrive at the state title tilt,
the Black Hills Pony squad held a 5-3 lead after six frames. Post 8 rallied
for two in the seventh, but BH would rally to score the winning run in the
seventh and take home the crown.
Only the Rapid City Post 22 Cadets, who fared extremely well at a national
tournament of that age group, posted a winning record against the 13-14's,
going 4-0 against Post 8.
Scott Cichos, Travis Adney, Landon Busch and Ryan Yackley paced the Pierre
squad on the mound, while Cichos, Yackley, Garrett Weber, Jacob Miller and
Adam Deneke anchored the offense.
The entire squad contributed to the success at state, and 13 of those kids
will be battling for spots on the A Teeners next season.
2007 PIERRE POST 8 B TEENERS
Coach: Allen Goodman
Final Record: 17-16
The Post 8 B Teeners won three of four from the Pierre Pony All-Stars to end
their year over .500, with a 17-16 mark.
Allen Goodman's team started slow, losing their first two. The team then
rattled off seven consecutive victories, and 11 of 13.
The team fell into a rut, going 1-5 in their last six before ending the year
with the Ponys, winning three of four against the in-town league.
T.J. Sandal and Jade Bartel led the team on the hill, and Tyler Sarringar
was the offensive standout, with Cole Regynski not far behind.