The Dell Rapids 15/16 Teener team finished their 2017 season at the 2017 15/16 State A VFW Tournament in Beresford on Friday, August 5th, and Saturday, August 6th. Dell Rapids lost both of their games in the state tournament.
In their opening game of the tournament, Dell Rapids lost to West Central by a score of 13-3. West Central scored early in the game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Dell Rapids got one run back in the top of the second to make it a 4-1 game. West Central, however, scored three runs in the second inning, three more in the third, and two runs in the fourth to take a 12-1 lead after four innings of play. Dell Rapids scored two times in the top of the fifth inning, but West Central scored a run in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Dell Rapids then played Milbank on Saturday, August 6th, in a back-and-forth game. Milbank scored first with three runs. Dell Rapids closed the gap in the top of the third with two runs, and Dell Rapids trailed Milbank 3-2 after three innings of play. Milbank added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to push their lead to 5-2. Dell Rapids was able to tie the game in the top of the fifth with two runs, and then Dell Rapids took the lead in the top of the sixth inning with two runs. Milbank scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, and Dell Rapids led 7-6 heading to the final inning of the game. Dell Rapids was unable to score in the top of the seventh, and Milbank was able to push across two runs in the bottom of the inning for the win.
Dell Rapids finished with a 9-5 record in the I-29 League this season and finished runner-up in the Southeast Regional to qualify for the state tournament.