Sioux Falls Legion West has been out to make a name for itself this season.
The West-Siders stood by last year as their counterpart, Post 15 East, nabbed a state championship. But this time around, West plans on doing some damage. Clinching the Region 2A regular season title on Tuesday was a good start.
Sometimes the best defense is a good offense and new in 2012, the Sioux Falls West bats have been on fire dropping double digit runs in more than a dozen games.
"We have scored a lot more runs this year than last year. That's been a pleasant surprise, just being able to put a lot of runs up on the board and relax the pitchers and relax the defense.,” Sioux Falls West head coach Joel Sage said. “We've been very happy with our offensive production in most games."
Damon Baruth in the cleanup spot and Nick Mimmack have led the way both batting over .440 to go with 30 plus RBI. Sage points to Baruth as one of the main reasons for the teams success. The O'Gorman grad believes the good times will continue to roll.
"There's a lot of teams that can put up a fight. There's teams that just sit around," Baruth said. "I would say we're top three with us and East and Post 22, I think we're all right there. There's a few things that we need to get. I think there's a mental block but if we get over that we're right there."
On top of Baruth's bat, depth on the mound has been key with Dusty Haffeman and Jaden Holzer getting it done. Haffeman is 5-1 on the year with a 1.75 ERA but thinks the clubs other arms will help the them far.
"I think we have a great shot this year. We're pretty deep in pitching. We also have a great 1-9 in the lineup. Everyone can hit. I think we can make a pretty good run in the tournament," Haffeman said.
There are still plenty of games before the Region tournament including a rematch with East next week. West lost to its rival 12-2 in their first matchup.
"You don't want to be second best in the city. East has gotten all the attention in the last couple of years and deservedly so. They're a great team. We're motivated to change that and we want to be the ones on top," Sage said.
Sioux Falls West tried to make it six wins in a row Wednesday night hosting Pierre.