The varsity team had their state tournament Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. Dell Rapids lost both of their games in the tournament.
In the first game, Dell Rapids fell to Vermillion by a score of 6-3. Dell Rapids scored a run in the top of the first inning, but Vermillion scored two times in the bottom of the first and three more in the bottom of the second for a 5-1 lead. Dell Rapids scored two times in the top of the fifth inning, but wasn’t enough. Vermillion added a run in the bottom of the fifth for the 6-3 win.
Lexi Ingalls had two hits, including a home run, and an RBI. Haileigh Barnhart had two hits, one of them a double, with an RBI. Cora Alderson had an hit with an RBI. Abigail Greenhoff, Kyra Wajer, Maddy Wilber, and Rileigh Foster all had hits in the game. Kylie Bitner pitched three innings giving up five runs, all earned, on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Wajer pitched the final three innings giving up an earned run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Dell Rapids then played Pierre later in the day and fell by a score of 8-5. Dell Rapids, again, scored first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead. Pierre then scored a run in the top of the third inning and then five more in the top of the fourth inning. Pierre then plated two runs in the top of the sixth inning for an 8-2 lead. Dell Rapids scored three times in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell short.
Wajer had two hits and an RBI in the game. Alderson had a double with an RBI. Foster had a hit with two RBIs. Greenhoff had a hit and an RBI. Kylie Lebahn, Ingalls, and Wilber also all had a hit. Autumn Tomes pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up six earned runs on six hits with five walks and a strikeout. Bittner pitched two innings giving up two earned runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout. Wajer pitched the final 1 2/3 innings striking out a batter.
Dell Rapids had three seniors on this year’s team. They are Maddie Wilber, Cora Alderson, and Kyra Wajer.
The Dell Rapids JV team played their state tournament on Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. The Dell Rapids JV team finished second in the tournament.
On Saturday, September 26th, Dell Rapid JV earned a 10-5 win over Edgerton. They followed that with a 12-1 win over Sturgis. Dell Rapids JV then beat Lennox 12-5 to finish the first day undefeated.
Dell Rapid JV lost their first game of the day on Sunday, September 27th to West Central 13-4. The team then had to fight their way through the loser’s bracket. They rebounded against Pierre for a 12-5 win. Dell Rapids JV kept the momentum rolling with a 12-4 win over Rapid City. They played a close game against Madison, coming out victorious 9-8 to get into the championship game against West Central. West Central again defeated Dell Rapids JV 7-2, giving the team second place in the tournament.