Larry Leeds

There have been some really interesting things happening at the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament at Flynn Field here during the week. The tournament will come to a close on Saturday with the championship game set for 7 p.m.

There have been two extra-inning games, and the Canova-Howard Gang have been involved in both of them. Madison beat the Gang 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday and Colman topped the Gang 5-4 on Thursday night.

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Either the seventh- or the eighth-place team in the Cornbelt League regular standings - or both - could be going to the State Tournament. Salem (7th) and Dell Rapids PBR (8th) play each other on Friday night with the winner heading to the State Tournament. The loser will play in the last-chance game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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Family has always been a long tradition in South Dakota amateur baseball, and it still is today. On Thursday night, Canova-Howard had five Millers, three Gassmans and an Alfson in the starting lineup.

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There has only been one 10-run-ruled game thus far. The Dell Rapids Mudcats beat Flandreau 13-3 in the second round.

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Only two teams have so far secured spots for the upcoming State Tournament.

The Dell Rapids Mudcats and Madison Broncos are heading to Mitchell, where the State Tournament starts on Wednesday night. Three other teams will qualify for the State Tournament this weekend.

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It sure looks like the District 4B Tournament is having a successful gate as the bleachers have all been crowded at this week's games.

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With the loss on Thursday night, Canova-Howard - the defending District 4B champion - was eliminated from the tournament and will not be heading to State. Attendance will be down at the State Tournament without the Gang playing; they always bring a good crowd.


ABOUT LARRY LEEDS

Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.