By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Boonville, Mo., and West Fargo, N.D., mowed through the competition at the Midwest Regional until the two clashed in the final game of undefeated teams, and the Cimarron River Rattlers survived three elimination games to reach the top three during weekend action in the Midwest Regional Tournament at Brent Gould Field.
Parsons 10, Lamar, Colo., 0
Parsons knocked off Lamar, Colo., in an elimination game, and lived to play another day.
Lamar’s offense struggled at the Midwest Regional.
Kameron Farmer earned the WOW Award for the Colorado state champs and Brock Reedy was their MVP. Joshua Baca was named to the Midwest Regional All Tournament Team.
Gage Woodward was recognized with the WOW Award for Parsons, and Luke Wolgamott took home the MVP in the win.
Cimarron River 18, Scottsbluff, Neb., 8
The Rattlers avoided elimination Saturday with an 18-8 run-rule win over Scottbluff, Neb., in the sixth inning.
Cesar Burciaga had a big day at the plate, hitting two triples and an in-the-park home run.
Burciaga was awarded the MVP Award, and Xavier Perez earned the WOW Award.
Nebraska’s Conner McCraken was his team’s MVP in the game, and Kevin Price earned the WOW Award. McCraken was also named to the Midwest Regional All Tournament Team.
West Fargo, N.D., 10, Moorhead, Minn., 5
West Fargo handed Minnesota its first loss of the Midwest Regional with a 10-5 win Saturday.
The two teams, separated by only 10 miles near the Minnesota/North Dakota border, made the long trek for the neighborhood battle.
Moorhead’s MVP was Logan Kainz, and their WOW Award winner was Nathan Laytner.
West Fargo’s Hunter Hoffner earned MVP honors for his team, and Derek Miraldi won the WOW Award.
Boonville, Mo., 11, Boone, Iowa, 2
Boonville’s dominating tournament performance continued Saturday with an 11-2 win over Boone, Iowa.
Triston Hauptmann was named Missouri’s WOW Award winner, and Dylan Watson earned MVP honors.
Brett Price was the MVP for Iowa, and Kayden Kruse was named the WOW Award winner.
Boone, Iowa 10, Parsons, Kansas 5
After giving up the lead early, Boone, Iowa piled on late to earn a 10-5 win and avoid elimination Sunday.
Parsons’ Noah Chalker was named his team’s MVP while Joel Schibi earned the WOW Award. Zach McCarty was named to the Midwest Regional All Tournament Team.
Iowa’s Bret Price was recognized with the WOW Award, and Spencer Turner was named the MVP.
Cimarron River 11, Moorhead, Minn., 8
The Rattlers avoided elimination for the second straight time with an 11-8 win over Moorhead, Minn.
Cimarron River jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Minnesota fought back in the third, and the Rattlers trailed 5-3.
Cesar Burciaga tied the game with a two-RBI double in the fourth, and Max Valle added a two-RBI single later in the inning that gave the Rattlers a 9-5 lead.
Minnesota twice cut the lead to two runs but couldn’t get closer, and the Rattlers survived with an 11-8 win.
Minnesota’s Isaac Howe was named the MVP for his team, and Sterling Haphey earned the WOW Award. They were both also named to the Midwest Regional All Tournament Team.
Minnesota was also recognized with the Midwest Regional Tournament Sportsmanship Award.
Boonville, Mo., 8, West Fargo, N.D., 4
The Missouri champs put themselves in the best position by winning their first three games of the tournament, putting them only one victory away from a Midwest Regional championship with an 8-4 win over Fargo, N.D. Sunday.
Boonville jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first inning and held on for the win.
Ryan Reynolds was the MVP for West Fargo, and Hunter Hoffner earned the WOW Award.
Jared Viertel was the MVP for Missouri, and Clay Gochenhour earned the WOW Award.
Cimarron River 7, Boone, Iowa, 4
The Rattlers kept their hopes alive for the third straight time with a 7-4 win in an elimination game against Boone, Iowa.
The Rattlers took a 7-0 lead into the seventh inning, but Iowa didn’t quit until the final out, scoring four runs with two outs in the seventh and having the bases loaded when Elijah McCarter took the mound and got the final batter to ground out to second base.
Today, the Rattlers faced West Fargo at noon, and the winner played Boonville at 3:30 p.m. If Boonville won, they were the Midwest Regional champs. If not, a final game would be played at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.