Smittys Increase Winning Streak To Six, In Capital City

Legion Baseball

Aberdeen Smittys    8 – WP: Grant Beyer 7IP. 1H. 0R. 0ER. 3K. Jaxon Ladner 2-3 + 2RBI.

Pierre Legion             0

[Game 1]


Aberdeen Smittys  7 – WP: Casey Vining 2IP. 2H. 2R. 1ER. 1K. Donnie Soderlund 1-4, 2RBI.

Pierre Legion           2

[Game 2]


PIERRE, SD ( – For the second time in as many days, the Aberdeen Smittys broke out their brooms, this time on the road in the capital city, defeating the Pierre Legion squad, 8-0 in game one & 7-2 in the second game of the doubleheader.

In the first game of two, pitcher Grant Beyer was darn-near unhittable; he pitched a complete game one-hitter and struck out three over the seven inning affair. At the plate, Jaxon Ladner was 2-3 with two runs driven in. The Smittys also got a wide array of balance, as they had five other players with at least one run driven in. Leading 1-0 going into the fifth inning, the Smittys padded their lead, putting up three in the top half of the frame & eventually putting up four in the seventh, to put the game on ice.

In the second game of two, the Aberdeen offense scored four in the top of the second inning and played ahead the entire evening. Casey Vining toed the rubber and picked up the victory; over two innings he only surrendered one hit and struck out one while allowing one earned run. In long form reflief, Jaxon Ladner went five innings and scattered four hits and struck out three and didn’t allow any runs. Fresh off of a save performance on Tuesday night, Donnie Soderlund delivered, this time at the plate. He was 1-4 with a 2-RBI single. The Smittys also got RBI’s from Drew Salfrank, Zane Backous and Brendan Livermont.

In both games, the Aberdeen defense was perfect behind their pitchers, committing zero errors in the field. With the doubleheader sweep of Pierre, the Smittys are now 22-5 and have won six straight games. They’ll be off today (Thursday 6/20) and back in action, on the road, against the Renner Post 307 program on Friday at 1 & 3p for a Friday afternoon doubleheader.