They lost their first game 8-2 against Canova-Salem on Friday, August 7th. Dell Rapids kept things close through four innings despite four errors. However, already leading 3-2, Canova-Salem would go on to score three runs in the fifth inning and close the book on the Dell Rapids starting pitcher Austin Ellingson. Ellingson took the loss for Dell Rapids allowing six runs, five earned, while striking out six. Eddie Price would enter the game in relief, but allow two more runs in the seventh inning. Price picked up the lone Dell Rapids hit.
Dell Rapids then faced Milbank on Saturday, August 8th, in an elimination game. Milbank jumped out early scoring two runs in the top of the top of the first inning, but Dell Rapids would answer in the bottom half of the inning. Seth Spielmann reached on a walk and advanced to second on a Carter Gullickson single. Keegan Miller drove in both base runners with a double to the right field gap. Miller then stole third and advanced home on a throwing error from the Milbank catcher.
Those three runs would be all the offense for Dell Rapids. Milbank picked up another run in the second inning to tie the game at 3-3. That’s where the score remained until the final inning when Milbank added two more runs on two Dell Rapids errors, sealing a 5-3 victory.
Gullickson would go the distance for Dell Rapids, but took the loss allowing five runs, but only three earned.
Dakota Valley won the state championship defeating West Central 6-5 Sunday evening.