South Dakota Class A Legion baseball state tourney: Eight-team field filled with strong contenders

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Jul. 26—RAPID CITY — Only eight teams remain in pursuit of the 2022 South Dakota Class A American Legion baseball state championship, with the final push toward a state title starting Wednesday.

A new champion will be crowned, as the 2021 winners of Renner were knocked out in the play-in round, evidence of the strength of this year's field.

With quarterfinal action set to get underway on Wednesday morning at Fitzgerald Stadium, home of Rapid City Post 22, here's a look at the eight-team field:

Records

Overall: 29-11

In-state: 20-7

Against the field: 8-7

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 15 Sturgis, 9-5 and 8-5

Against Mitchell: Swept doubleheader on July 14, 5-2 and 5-3.

Last year's tournament: No. 10 seed, lost to Harrisburg in the play-in round.

Records

Overall: 38-23

In-state: 20-3

Against the field: 4-3

Results

Play-in: Bye (tournament host)

Against Mitchell: Lost 13-0 at the Veteran's Classic on June 4.

Last year's tournament: No. 6 seed, 2-2 record, eliminated by Sioux Falls East.

Records

Overall: 25-13

In-state: 17-6

Against the field: 3-6

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 14 Aberdeen, 4-2 and 10-2

Last year's tournament: No. 13 seed, lost to Renner in the play-in round.

Records

Overall: 28-13

In-state: 13-6

Against the field: 5-4

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 13 Spearfish, 7-2 and 7-0

Against Mitchell: Swept doubleheader on June 8, 7-3 and 9-3.

Last year's tournament: No. 2 seed, 1-2 record, eliminated by Sioux Falls East.

Records

Overall: 32-13

In-state: 21-9

Against the field: 8-5

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 12 Watertown, 11-1 and 5-0

Against Mitchell: Split doubleheader on June 14, 12-2 and 4-5.

Last year's tournament: No. 1 seed, 3-2 record, eliminated by Renner in the state title game.

Records

Overall: 33-16

In-state: 17-6

Against the field: 1-5

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 11 Sioux Falls West, 12-2 and 11-5

Against Mitchell: Did not play.

Last year's tournament: No. 9 seed, lost to Watertown in the play-in round.

Records

Overall: 17-15

In-state: 11-7

Against the field: 5-1

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 10 Yankton, 2-0 and 7-6

Against Mitchell: Did not play.

Last year's tournament: No. 7 seed, 1-2 record, eliminated by Pierre.

Records

Overall: 19-20

In-state: 11-9

Against the field: 4-6

Results

Play-in: Swept No. 8 Renner, 6-4 and 9-5

Against Mitchell: Split doubleheader on June 29, 14-11 and 4-9.

Last year's tournament: No. 5 seed, 2-2, eliminated by Renner.