The Davenport/Edgar team repeated its Class C Area 5 championship challenge the same as last year; entering the final game 3-0 and needing only one win to snag the victory and earn a state berth in Pender. Last year, however, the squad lost two games ending the season and any chance for a trip to the state games.
Not so this year. Entering the final round exactly the same as last year; undefeated with only one win away from the championship, the No. 2-seeded Davenport/Edgar (16-4) team met No. 1-seeded Sutton (21-7) in the final battle and won the contest, 3-2. The win handed Sutton its second loss of the tournament and the Area 5 contest was over.
Sutton’s initial loss came in Game 15 of the tourney when Davenport/Edgar beat them the first time, 6-0, forcing the Sutton squad into the loser’s bracket. There, Sutton beat David City, 19-2, to face Davenport/Edgar in the championship round.
Davenport/Edgar started its winning streak against Lawrence/Nelson beating them 20-1, then beat Hebron 4-2, Sutton 6-0, and Sutton again 3-2.
Members of the Davenport/Edgar team include Ryan Tegtmeier, Andrew Kuta, Trent Tietjen, Brady Shipley, Luke Christensen, Dalton Kinnaman, Kendrick Holeman, Scott Hild, Tyler VanCleef, Sam Christensen, Chase Murman, and Austin Nacke. The team is coached by Rod Tegtmeier and Jim Hild.
Class C State Tournament
The Davenport/Edgar team entered the state contest in Pender last week as the No. 7 seed and faced No. 2 Valparaiso right away. Valparaiso went on to win the game, 13-3, forcing Davenport/Edgar into the ‘fight-back’ bracket.
There, the squad earned a win over No. 6 Overton, 8-5, Sunday night, and a win over No. 1-seed Hartington Post 4, 10-0, Monday night. The wins pitted Davenport/Edgar against the undefeated No. 2-seed Valparaiso Tuesday night. That game was played too late for publication and will be presented next week here in the Hebron Journal-Register.
The championship game is slated for 5 p.m. tonight, July 28, where winners of the Pender-DCB game and Davenport/Edgar-Valparaiso game will face each other.