The Dell Rapids high school club baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the South Dakota High School Baseball Association State B Tournament after a 9-1 win over Madison on Monday, May 29th at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Dell Rapids turned a 3-1 lead into a 9-1 lead with a six-run fifth inning after about a 30 minute weather delay during the game. Treyse Eastman drove home the first two runs with a single in the bottom of the first. Jack Henry scored on an error in the bottom of the third to make the score 3-0.
Madison cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the fourth. Dell Rapids broke the game open with six in the bottom of the fifth. Brayden Pankonen scored on a balk, Joe Rechtenbaugh had an RBI ground out, Dylan Mathis had an RBI single, Drake Eastman had an RBI single, and Pankonen had a two-run single to give Dell Rapids a 9-1 lead.
T. Eastman had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Pankonen had a single and two RBIs. Mathis and D. Eastman both had a hit and an RBI. Will Jaton finished with two hits. CJ Smith and Mason Stubbe both had one single each. Rechtenbaugh added an RBI. Tad Tjaden pitched a complete game allowing one unearned run on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts.
Dell Rapids will play Bon Homme/Avon in the semifinals at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30th at Sioux Falls Stadium.