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Herrboldt delivers as unsung hero in championship

Bon Homme/Scotland pitcher Trent Herrboldt (5) celebrates the win over West Central 7-5 for the Class B state championship on Tuesday at the Sioux Falls Stadium. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS—Little-used freshman Trent Herrboldt came up big for Bon Homme/Scotland on Tuesday.

Herrboldt closed out the Class B state championship game for Bon Homme/Scotland, which defeated West Central 7-5 for its first title since 2011.

Herrboldt retired the game's final three batters for the save and shined on the big stage at Sioux Falls Stadium.

"He's probably our biggest cheerleader on the bench as a freshman," Bon Homme/Scotland coach Gary Kortan said. "He's a Scotland kid that we don't get to see a lot with the co-op and all. We don't know a lot about him, but I am sure glad we have got him now."

To say it was a big spot for Herrboldt would be an understatement. Entering the state tournament, Herrboldt had only thrown two innings and appeared once this year, allowing a hit and striking out four.

"It is just great being the last pitcher," Herrboldt said. "It is always a dream come true for me."

After senior pitcher Bryce Scieszinski pitched four scoreless innings and pitched into the sixth inning, Bon Homme/Scotland pieced together the final four outs, using Josh Schmidt, Zach Cuka and Herrboldt to close out the game.

Herrboldt delivered in a pressure spot against the Trojans, who were making a furious rally after trailing 7-0.

"Coach just said to throw strikes," Herrboldt said. "That's what I tried to do mostly."

In the seventh inning, Herrboldt entered the game with the tying run at the plate and no outs, but the freshman had confidence from his team.

"I just kept telling him 'Stay confident,' " Scieszinski said. "We need one pitch to get out of here and he came up big."

But it wasn't without some drama. The Trojans loaded up the bases after Herrboldt hit a Trojan batter. But Broc Haldeman flied out and Carter Healy struck out to end the game.

"This Herrboldt kid that came in at the end and that's who he is," Kortan said. "He can throw a slider, a curveball, a fastball, no matter what count it is and throw it for strikes and that was the difference there. They weren't expecting it and he got by."