The final day of the Wenzel Memorial Tournament did not disappoint.
In the early afternoon, the Bismarck Reps and Senators squared off to decide third place, and both teams provided some late offense to keep things tense.
In the top of the seventh with the score tied at two, The Senators exploded offensively, cashing in three runs and putting the Reps’ backs against the wall going into the bottom of the frame.
The Reps responded in a big way.
Kirkland Irey got the comeback started with an RBI single up the middle, and Matt Miller tied things at five with a two-RBI single. A wild pitch with the bases loaded brought the winning run home, giving the Reps possession of third place in the tournament.
In the championship game, the Bismarck 15’s squared off against the Nelson County Owls.
The 15’s were threatening to score in the first inning. With runners in scoring position, Mason Leingang hit a liner right at pitcher Hunter Sand, and the Owls pitcher used quick reflexes to snag the ball out of the air and induce an inning-ending double play.
The 15’s scored first in the second inning thanks to an RBI groundout from Luke Domres, but the Owls would storm back to win the championship game 8-2.