Class B state baseball roundup: Dell Rapids edges Parkston in quarterfinals
Recaps of the Class B quarterfinals from Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS — Before the threat of severe weather delayed the Class B high school baseball tournament, Parkston and Dell Rapids got the quarterfinal round underway Monday afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Parkston, the No. 3 seed from Region 1, and Dell Rapids, the top seed from Region 3, engaged in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel, but a two-run breakthrough in the fourth inning propelled the Quarriers past the Trojans, 3-1, and into Tuesday’s semifinals.
A balk allowed the Quarriers’ Brayden Pankonen to score the game’s first run following a steal of third base with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.
In the third inning, Parkston responded with a two-out run of its own to level the score, as Brayden Jervik drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Jay Storm.
Following a walk to start the bottom half of the fourth inning, Jack Henry made his way home on an Aiden Boechler double. Boechler would then cross home plate on a Mason Stubbe single to left field, providing Dell Rapids the winning margin after neither team scored again across the final three innings.
Ty Neugebauer was credited with the loss for Parkston on the mound after tossing 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts, though he surrendered six hits, two walks and all three Dell Rapids runs. Kaleb Weber came in to throw 1 1/3 innings in relief, striking out two, walking one and allowing two hits.
Henry earned the win for Dell Rapids after getting the start and going four innings. Though he walked seven Trojans and allowed the only Parkston run, Henry struck out eight batters and allowed only one hit.
Weber, Max Scott and Carter Kalda recorded Parkston’s three hits in the contest. Meanwhile, seven Quarriers notched at least one hit, as Stubbe had two, both singles.
Parkston’s spring season ends with a record of 14-5, while Dell Rapids awaits the winner of Platte-Geddes/Dakota Christian/White Lake versus Madison, which was pushed back due to weather shortly before the game was set to get underway at approximately 2:30 p.m.
PGDCWL versus Madison was pushed to a 7 p.m. start time at Sioux Falls Stadium, with Redfield Area versus Winner/Colome to follow at approximately 9 p.m. The fourth quarterfinal — Dakota Valley versus West Central — was relocated to Augustana University’s Ronken Field with an 8:30 p.m. start time.