Rapid City Post 22 Produces a Comeback Win against Yankton Post 12
Rapid City, South Dakota — On Sunday evening at Fitzgerald Stadium, Ryan Bachman was the star name behind Rapid City Post 22’s comeback win against Yankton Post 12. Bachman drove in three runs, doubled, and homered. Meanwhile, True Synhurst, the starter in the game, and Post 22 had a clean game defensively, as the Hardhats ended up winning 5–3 in the American Legion baseball match between the two.
Post 22 had a difficult opening of the game, as they were down 3–0 after just a half-inning had gone by. Post 12 outperformed the Hardhats on the offensive front, but the fact is, half of the ten hits that Yankton made all took place during the first inning. This created space for Bachman’s heroic performance on the offense. On the defense, Synhorst settled into the game after the rough patch at the beginning. He was able to pitch five innings of shutout ball. During the five innings he pitched, Post 22 allowed only five hits.
After the game, Bachman, speaking to the media, said that the Hardhats faced a great team on the night. They had to work hard and grind out the win. Synhorst gave up three runs, struck out four innings over six, and allowed ten hits. To support Synhorst, the Hardhats turned three double plays and managed not to make a single error.
Kelvin Torve, Post 22’s head coach, addressed the media post-game as well. He said that his team’s good defensive performance starts with Synhorst. Torve praised him for delivering good pitches which arrived low in the strike zone. Consequently, his teammates continuously grabbed ground balls in the field. The coach acknowledged Synhorst had a rough start in the first inning. However, he didn’t let that affect his performance throughout the game. Instead, he had six strong innings, especially the last five, during which he shut out Yankton.
On the offensive end, Bachman inspired Post 22’s comeback with his two-run home run and delivering a no-out fourth inning. In the fourth, they took over Post 12, taking their first lead on the night by going 4–3. Bachman was supposed to hit to right field, but, he turned on an inside pitch and knocked it over the wall on left field. He also contributed with a single.
Bachman said that, in the beginning, the first at-bat pitched well, with breaking balls. He felt his swing was getting long so he tried to switch it around and go short with his swing up. When he managed to keep the ball to the right side, the pitcher changed and went pull side. At first, Bachman though he had it but wasn’t sure because of the wind. He was happy to see the ball go out, especially as, according to his own words, he has been singling guys recently.
How the Game Panned Out
In the following inning, Bachman had a double to right field which plated Ryan Schmidt, the catcher, who had a single to lead off the fifth. Bachman said that he pressed on with a fastball with the at-bat, which was an approach they agreed on beforehand. The coach said that this game is a consequence of Bachman’s hard-working ethic, as he never stops being a baseball player throughout the year, six days weekly. Torve jokingly called him a baseball junkie, with the game always being on his mind.
During the first frame, it looked like the game would end differently. Yankton had a strong start, sending eight batters to the plate. They opened the game with two back-to-back singles from Caid Koletsky and Collin Zahrback. Michael Drotzman doubled as Zahrback scored, while Bailey Sage and Ethan Wishon singled to knock in Drotzman and plate Koletsky, respectively.
Synhorst had to coax a double play ball from Myles Carda in order to get out of a bases-loaded one-out situation. Synhorst’s team, the Hardhats, scored single runs in the second and the third, which brought the score to 3–2 for Post 12.
The second stanza began with Bransen Kuehl opening with a double into the right-center field gap. Jace Caldwell followed up with a double over the opposition centerfielder, which drove in Kuehl and made the score 3–1.
The third inning saw Messer single and steal second. Bachman sent Messer to third with a single, as Messer scored on the next batter, Matt Hegre, who drove Messer in with a single.
In the third and the fifth innings, Post 22 had double plays which meant Yankton were unable to produce a comeback. Torve commented that you could find several different ways of winning a baseball game and that his team found a new one on Sunday. He wants his team to be capable of winning both 5–3 and 11–10 games, and only a team with established teamwork could reach the deep end of the playoffs, which is their goal.
On Tuesday, Post 22 will host Rapid City Post 320, which will be their last 2019 home game.