BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Southeast Community College baseball team battled through the loser's bracket to claim a Regional Championship on Saturday.

The Storm lost their first game of the tournament to Bismarck State 3-2, but won four straight, including an 8-7 win in 13 innings over Bismarck State in the championship game.

Southeast will now host a district tournament against Iowa Central on Saturday. It's a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament in Enid, Okla.

Saturday's games are slated for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday at Christensen Field. If a third game is necessary, it will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Regional didn't start off well for the Storm last weekend. They lost 3-2 to Bismarck State in the opening round. They led 2-0 after four innings, but Bismarck State tied it in the eighth inning and then won it in the ninth inning.

SCC had 12 hits in the game, including a triple, a single and an RBI by Wyatt Meyer. Nolan Meyer and Trevor Jurjevich had a double and a single each.

Trey Kissack pitched seven innings, giving up two run on three hits while striking out nine and walking three. Gavin Gragg took the loss for the Storm.

SCC bounced back in a big way with a 14-2 win in six innings over Williston State. The Storm scored in every inning but one in the run-rule shortened game.

SCC had 14 hits, including home runs from Justin Lott and Trevor Jurjevich. Lott also had a double, a single and five total RBI's in the game. Ryan Cornell had two doubles, two RBI's and three runs scored.

Nate Lorenzen went the distance for SCC, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out four.

SCC then beat Dakota County Tech 8-7. SCC trailed 4-2 entering the seventh inning, but scored two runs in each of the last three innings for the win.

SCC had nine hits in the game, including home runs from Ryan Cornell and Nolan Meyer. Meyer also had a single, three RBI's and a run scored. Mason Prososki had three hits including a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Kayleb Sanderson pitched five innings and struck out eight. Gavin Gragg and Ruben Ramirez bridged the gap to BJ Sparks, who pitched 2.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out six. Sparks picked up the win.

The Storm then got revenge against Bismarck State, winning two games to claim the championship. They won the first game 10-5.

A four-run sixth inning turned a 6-3 lead into a 10-3 lead, allowing SCC to coast to the finish line.

Ben Palensky had three doubles, a single, two RBI's and three runs scored in the game. Nathan Schrum had three singles, two RBI's and a run scored. Alec Lee had a hit, three RBI's and two runs scored.

Joseph Vargas picked up the win, pitching five innings and giving up two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking four. Trevor Jurjevich pitched three innings and gave up two runs on three hits while Xavier Bradley-Rale pitched a perfect ninth inning.

In the thrilling championship game, SCC won 8-7 in 13 innings. SCC scored two runs in the ninth to tie the game 6-6 and force extra innings.

Bismarck State took the lead in the 12th inning 7-6, but Ben Palensky blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the 12th to tie it up.

In the bottom of the 13th, Palensky got it done again. His sacrifice fly scored Alec Lee, which gave the Storm the championship.

Ben Palensky had a home run, a single, three RBI's and two runs scored. Ryan Cornell had a home run, a double, a single, one RBI and one run scored. Wyatt Meyer, Nathan Schrum and Alex Lee had two hits each.

Matt Perry, Nate Lorenzen and BJ Sparks combined to pitch the first 12 innings. Gavin Gragg pitched a perfect 13th inning to pick up the win.

The Storm is now 38-18 on the season. Iowa Central will come into the district championship with a 36-16 record.


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