The Dell Rapids Legion baseball team picked up three wins in two days at the Region 2B tournament and have punched their ticket to the championship game. Dell Rapids defeated Volga and Aurora on Tuesday night, July 23rd, and then Madison on Wednesday, July 24th in Garretson.
Dell Rapids started the tournament with a 19-1 win over Volga. Dell Rapids scored four runs in the first inning, four runs in the second, and 10 runs in the third on their way to the win. Nine different players had hits in the game. Jon Wilhelmsen had three hits and four RBIs. Logan Stone had three hits and an RBI. Eddie Price has two hits and five RBIs. Jake Rechtenbaugh had two hits and three RBIs. Keegan Miller and Carter Gullickson both had two hits each. Thane Hilmoe, Brandon Geraets, and Landon Ruesink each had a hit. Stone pitched two innings giving up no runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Jake Steineke pitched three innings giving up one earned run on two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Dell Rapids followed that win with a 14-4 victory over Aurora later Tuesday night. Dell Rapids scored in every inning of the game, which included the first nine runs. Wilhelmson had three more hits and four more RBIs in the second game. Geraets also had three hits and an RBI. Price and Ty Wood both had two hits and an RBI each. Rechtenbaugh added a hit and two RBIs. Gullickson and Hilmoe also had a hit. Wood pitched four innings giving up four runs, one earned, on four hits with six walks and nine strikeouts. Steineke pitched the final inning striking out all three batters.
With a trip to the championship game on the line Wednesday night, Dell Rapids cruised to an 8-1 win over Madison by scoring all eight of their runs in the first four innings. Geraets had two hits and two RBIs, and Keegan Miller also had two hits. Price finished with a hit and two RBIs. Wilhelmsen and Wood both had a hit and an RBI. Mason Goeken also had a hit. Price pitched six innings giving up one earned run on four hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts. Stone finished the game on the mound striking out two batters.
Dell Rapids will now play in the championship game on Saturday, July 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Garretson.