Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2008

Hames leads Wynot to first-round win

wynot-baseball.jpgMITCHELL, S.D. — The Wynot Expos earned a 6-3 decision over Four Corners here Saturday to advance into second-round action at the S.D. Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Wynot’s offense was led in the contest by Lee Heimes, who was 2-4 at the plate. Heimes belted a triple, earned an RBI and scored a run to pace the Expos.  He also reached base once on a walk.
Eric Hames earned the win from the mound. He struck out six, did not allow a walk and gave up nine hits and three runs on the night.
Hames set the stage early for good things to come. His first three pitches were strikes, sending Four Corners’ lead-off batter Michael Kendell down on strikes. He forced the next two batters to ground out, giving the Wynot bats a chance to go to work.
The Expos’ lead-off batter, Matt Hames, worked Kendell, Four Corners’ pitcher, for a four-pitch walk to lead things off.  Hames then stole second, then came home when Lee Heimes belted an RBI triple to left field. Scott Heimes then brought him home when he drilled a fast ball to left center.
Hames started the second frame out the same way he opened the game, by striking out the lead off batter. He then forced the next batter to pop out and sent the final Four Corners’ batter of the inning down swinging for his third strike out of the night.
Clif Kephart reached base on an error to start things off for Wynot in the second frame. He then stole second and scored on an Aaron Burbach  RBI single to give the Expos the early 3-0 lead.
Hames sent the first batter down with a ground-ball out to open the third inning. Byron Hand became the Four Corners first base runner of the game when he was hit by a pitch. Hames’ no-hitter disappeared when the next batter, Kris Dorzak, singled to left field. Hames shut down the threat with a ground-out and a strike-out, though to keep the Expos in front, 3-0.
Four Corners led off the fourth frame with a pair of singles to the outfield. The home team then put its first runs on the board when Jason Overweg smacked a Hames fastball to left field for a two RBI double.
Wynot added one more run to its lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning to go ahead 4-2.
Wynot scored in the fourth frame when Chase Rolfes reached base on a fielder’s choice then moved to second on a stolen base.  He then  came home when Lee Heimes singled past the short stop. Neither team was able to get any offense going in the fifth frame, but the South Dakota team was able to cut into Wynot’s lead in the sixth frame, earning a run on three hits. Hames shut down the threat, stranding two base runners with a fly-out.

Hames kept the opposing batters guessing the rest of the game, finishing the contest by retiring the next eight batters before they could reach base. The final out took awhile, though as Four Corners was able to load the bases before Byron Hand flied-out to center to end the contest.
The Expos’ win set up an 8 p.m. Tuesday contest against Geddes. Geddes advanced to the second round with a 15-3 route of Milbank.

Four Corners    0  0  0  2   0  1  0    0    0 —3
Wynot               2  1  0  1   0  0  2    0    0 —6