BATTLE CREEK – A sixth inning rally gave the Shelby-Osceola-Stromsburg juniors their third win at the Class C state tournament, 5-4 over Dannebrog-Cairo-Boelus (DCB).
Both starting pitchers brought their A game Monday evening. Only three hits were given up by both pitchers through three innings.
DCB was able to get on the board first in the third frame with an RBI from Eli Wooden.
SOS would respond in the fourth inning behind an RBI ground out by Alec Wieseman to tie the game, 1-1.
In the fifth inning, DCB took their biggest lead of the game on two hits in the inning. Wooden hit a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game and Spencer Meyer slapped a ball into left field to make it a 3-1 lead for DCB.
Once again, SOS would answer. An error by the DCB third baseman would prove costly as an SOS run would come across to score to cut the deficit to one.
In the sixth it was all SOS. They scored three runs behind RBI’s from Jett Pinneo, Keaton Van Housen and Bailey Belt. SOS led 5-3 heading into the final inning.
After the first two DCB batters reached on back to back errors in the seventh, Meyer would collect his second RBI of the game on an infield single. Pitching in relief for SOS, Austin Coffin slammed the door shut with a strikeout to end the game.
DCB’s Ben Oman picked up the loss on the mound. He went six innings, gave up five hits, five runs and struck out two.
SOS starter Colin Wingard was credited with the win after pitching five innings, allowing three runs, walked three and struck out five.
It was the first loss of the tournament for DCB, so they will play Pender today at 5 p.m. for the right to play for the championship game.
Because it is a double elimination format and SOS has not loss yet, no matter the outcome tonight, SOS will be guaranteed to play in the state title game on Wednesday.
SOS battles St. Paul tonight at 8 p.m. Catch the game on 104.9 Max Country and online at 1049maxcountry.com.