The Dell Rapids 15/16 Teener team had its 2018 season come to an end in the Class A Northwest Regional Tournament in Madison on Wednesday, July 25th. The regional tournament was being held Tuesday, July 24th through Thursday, July 26th. Dell Rapids played Madison White on Tuesday and Lake Norden on Wednesday.
Dell Rapids opened up the tournament against Madison White and jumped out to an early 8-3 lead after the top of the second inning. Madison closed the gap to 8-5 after the second inning. Trailing 8-6 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Madison scratched across a couple of runs to tie the game 8-8. Madison would get the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 9-8 victory.
Dell Rapids then had to play Lake Norden on Wednesday in an elimination game. Trailing 6-4 after four innings of play, Dell Rapids scored four times in the top of the fifth inning to take an 8-6 lead. Dell Rapids held Lake Norden scoreless in the fifth to keep the two-run lead. Lake Norden, however, took advantage of a couple of Dell Rapids walks and errors in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored seven times to take a 13-8 advantage. Dell Rapids scored three times in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 13-11 to end the season.
Dell Rapids also played in the I29 League throughout the summer. Their league record was 6-9. The I29 League for the 15/16 teeners included teams from Madison, West Central, Garretson, Canova, Baltic, Volga, Salem-Montrose, Tri-Valley, Sioux Falls, Tea, Dell Rapids, and Flandreau.