Two Wessington Springs baseball players, Brock Krueger and Blake Larson, were part of a dynamic group of 13 area youth who played their way up the exciting road towards the Little League World Series.
Although the I-90 Little League All-Stars were unable to force a winner-take-all game against Canyon Lake in the South Dakota Little League State Championship round, I-90 team manager and league board president Charlie Christensen said that the kids proved they belong there.
“It was an exciting arena and making it to the state title round was eye opening,” Christensen said. “The kids really came together and demonstrated that our league out on the prairie can play quality baseball.”
The first-year Little League charter member team, which consisted of players from small towns under 2,500 between Chamberlain and Mitchell, finished 5-2 in postseason play.
There are 145 players in the I-90 league and 13 were selected to the all-star team after going through a nomination process.
The road to the state title was paved during the sub-district tournament where I-90 beat Huron 12-2, Capital City (8-2) and Capital City again in the title game 15-8.
The other Little League International teams in South Dakota include Huron, Capital City (Pierre), Harrisburg, Brandon Valley, Sioux Falls, Belle Fourche, Timberline (Rapid City), Spearfish, Harney (Rapid City), Sturgis, Rushmore (Rapid City) and Canyon Lake (Rapid City).
“Our vision is that each year, another group of dedicated players will move up and take their place on the team,” Christensen said. “Being a Little League charter gives more opportunity to those top end kids to pursue success in the biggest Little League Association in the world.”