Wilber 7 David City 2 – fourth round elimination game (final four)
While David City had already secured a spot in Wednesday’s championship game due to being undefeated in the Class C Senior Legion State Tournament in Albion, Wilber needed a win during Tuesday’s contest against David City to ensure an opportunity to play in another elimination game before having a chance to play for the championship trophy.
With the scored tied at 2-2 entering the second the sixth inning, the Wilber bat’s got hot, scratching out four of the team’s seven hits. The production at the dish plated four five runs and Wilber pitcher Tanner Sand finished his complete game outing in the top of the seventh frame by forcing three groundouts in four at bats to keep Wilber’s hopes alive with a 7-2 victory.
Outside of clutch hitting in the sixth inning, Sand kept a David City team that tallied 22 runs in three games at the tourney coming into the contest quiet throughout the game. Sand allowed five hits, one of which was a Joseph Reimers home run, and two walks while striking out three.
David City built a 2-0 lead with one run in each the fourth and fifth frame before Wilber tied it up in the bottom of the fifth. Mitchell Whittington slapped a leadoff single to right field to start the inning and two walks ensued to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Whittington and a Tad Moldenhauer sacrifice fly brought Coltin Rezabek across home plate.
Josh Kalkwarf got the Wilber offense churning in the sixth inning with a two-run double that scored Cooper Bates, who led off the frame by getting hit with a pitch, and Dillon Rieschick, who was walked following Bates’ at bat.
Whittington, Brandon Hooper, and Preston Lee all finished the inning with singles to help account for the five scored runs in the inning.
Pender 9 Wilber 7 – fifth round elimination game
In a rather sloppy game on Wednesday that featured a total of nine errors – five for Wilber and four for Pender – Wilber was unable to get their bats going with a total of three hits in their season-ending 9-7 loss to Pender.
Pender’s pitching wasn’t overly accurate as their three pitchers threw only 54 percent of their 120 pitches, but Wilber’s hit placement hurt them a little more as they tallied 10 ground outs and five flyouts in a total of 25 at bats.
Each team’s batters were walked a total of six times although Pender outhit Wilber 8-3.
Wilber scored first in the contest, plating one run in the second inning on a rare set of circumstances. Josh Kalkwarf led of the inning by making it to base on a dropped third strike. He advanced to second base in the following at bat when Grant Boysen was hit by a pitch. Two Pender errors ensued to send him across home plate.
Pender tied the contest at 1-1 in the top of the third and tacked on another four runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Pender recorded three of their eight hits in the inning, two of which were doubles.
Preston Lee and Tanner Sand singles, along with Cooper Bates’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning put plated two runs to bring the score to 7-2.
Pender scored its final two runs in the top of the sixth frame before Wilber rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. The inning featured four walks, a David City error, and a two-run, one-out single by Coltin Rezabek. Wilber’s two final batters struck out with a runner on first and third base.
The Wilber Post 101 Seniors ended the season with a 21-10 record.
David City went on to win the Class C state title against Pender following the Wilber vs. Pender contest on Wednesday 10-6.