Sioux Falls, SD
In a championship game complete with big offensive innings, a furious comeback, and hour-plus rain delay, Bon Homme/Scotland outlasted West Central 7-5 to win the class "B" baseball title.
Bon Homme/Scotland jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Tuesday's class "B" championship game. West Central responded with five runs over the last three innings, but left the winning run on first base in the final frame, falling 7-5.
"It just all came at me at one time. Just the greatest feeling in the world to be out here and get a state championship for the team," Bon Homme/Scotland junior Christian Uecker said.
"We've been preparing for this all year. We knew we had a good chance, this year especially, and to come out on top with that final out, it was good to be together and a great feeling," Bon Homme/Scotland senior Bryce Scieszinski said.
The game was slowed by a 70-minute weather delay, though Bon Homme/Scotland capped a four-run inning shortly after the rain stopped.
"Just felt the rain wasn't going to affect us. I thought we'd rather play when it's nice out instead of trying to fight the rain. Our boys responded right after the rain delay and built the lead even more," Bon Homme/Scotland head coach Gary Kortan said.
"It was all going to be up to what we could do after we came out of that rain delay. We came out and swung the sticks very well and got the job done right after that rain delay. That was a great momentum changer of the game," Uecker said.
Clinging to a 7-5 lead, Bon Homme/Scotland used three pitchers in the seventh inning, though freshman Trent Herrboldt recorded all three outs.
"That was a tough spot to be in, bases loaded, all they need is one hit. We weren't afraid to throw any pitch at any count, and it showed when it mattered there," Kortan said.
The win was an emotional one, as Bon Homme/Scotland paid tribute to former teammate Zach Johnson, who died in a car accident on his way to a wrestling tournament in March.
"We lost one of our kids this winter in a car accident. Before the game, we said we were going to win it for him, and they did," Kortan said.
Bon Homme/Scotland finishes the season with a 13-4 record, and wins its first state championship since 2011.
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