CENTRAL CITY -- Wilber stayed alive in the Class C American Legion Seniors State Tournament Wednesday night.
In a game that took two days to finish, Wilber defeated PWG 9-7. They got through six innings of play Tuesday night, but Wednesday forced the remainder of the game to be played Wednesday night.
With the win, Wilber will play at 5 p.m. Thursday night against the winner of Wednesday's late game between Yutan and David City. If Yutan wins, Wilber would have to beat both Yutan and David City to claim the state championship. If David City wins, Wilber would have to beat Davide City twice.
Things didn't look good early on for Wilber in their elimination game against PWG. Six runs in the first inning and one run in the second inning gave PWG a 7-0 lead early.
Wilber scored three runs in the third inning and six runs in the fifth inning to go up 9-7 before rain postponed the remainder of the game until Wednesday. That score would eventually become the final score.
Josh Kalkwarf was the winning pitcher. PWG had seven runs on nine hits while Wilber had nine runs on nine hits. Both teams committed two errors.
David City has previously guaranteed themselves a spot in the championship game regardless of the outcome of their late game Wednesday night. They were the only unbeaten team in the tournament as of Wednesday night.
Wilber had little trouble in the first two games of the tournament. They beat Pierce 9-0 in the first round behind Josh Kalkwarf's pitching performance. Spencer Thompson led Wilber to victory on the mound in their 13-2 win over Yutan in the second round.
In a battle between the tournament's only two remaining unbeaten teams on Monday, Wilber fell to David City 6-0, which dropped them to the elimination game with PWG.
Wilber is trying to win a second state championship in as many years. Last year, they won it at the Juniors level when Tri County hosted the Class C State Tournament.