For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team can call themselves legion champions! Dell Rapids captured the 2018 State B title in extra innings by defeating McCook/Minor 10-7 on Tuesday, July 31st in Redfield. The last time Dell Rapids won the state legion title was when they won back-to-back titles in 1968 and 1969.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first three and half innings. Dell Rapids finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ty Wood drew a bases-loaded two-out walk to score Elijah Story. Keegan Miller than scored on a wild pitch for an early 2-0 lead.
McCook/Minor tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run single by Kendall Gassman. Trent Kingsbury added an RBI single later in the inning to give McCook/Miner a 3-2 lead. McCook/Minor added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on errors to push their lead to 5-2.
Dell Rapids pulled within a run in the bottom of the fifth after Miller and Wood scored on an error. McCook/Minor led 5-4 after six innings of play. They would add two more runs on a two-run single by Cole Gassman to make the score 7-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Matt Gillogly lined a double to right field to score Eddie Price to cut the lead to 7-5. Story, the very next batter, took the first pitch he saw and drove it over the left field wall for the game-trying two-run home run.
McCook/Minor would load the bases in the top of the eighth inning with one out after a walk, hit by pitch, and single. Story was able to work out of the jam on the mound by getting the next two batters on a pop out to second and a line out to shortstop.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, JD Holm singled to center. Price reached by an error. Gillogly stepped to the plate with Holm and Price on base and one out. On a 3-2 pitch, Gillogly drove a no-doubter over the right field fence for the game-winning three-run home run to give Dell Rapids the title.
Gillogly finished the game with two hits and four RBIs. Price and Miller also had two hits in the game. Story, Holm, and Josh Roemen all had one hit. Story had two RBIs, and Wood also had an RBI. Roemen started the game on the mound pitching six innings giving up five runs, two earned, on eight hits while walking three and striking out six batters. Story pitched the final two innings giving up two earned runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.
The team was met by a fire truck and was led back into Dell Rapids down to Rickeman Field where a celebration was had. Dell Rapids finished the season with a 13-6 record.
The very first “Wine and Wander” event held in downtown Dell Rapids was a huge success with the number of people that attended. The event was held on Saturday, July 28th and was put on by the Dell Rapids Downtown Committe of the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees were able to walk around downtown between different tents to sample wines and craft beer from several local wineries and breweries. About 225 wristbands were sold for the event. The Wine and Wander also featured live music and food from Cricket’s Catering, Gold Star Kettle Corn, and LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse. Several of the downtown businesses were open during the event. The Sioux Falls Watercolor Society had an exhibit, and the Dell Rapids Museum held an art show as well.
Ashley Horton, owner of Rustic Lime Boutique in downtown Dell Rapids, said, “I just can’t even say how awesome our first Wine and Wander was! It is so amazing to see our amazing community not only support our vibrant downtown businesses, but also the art and culture of Dell Rapids!”
Another five-run inning was all the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team needed to notch their second victory at the 2018 State B Legion Tournament in Redfield. Dell Rapids would add a seven-run inning for good measure on their way to a 12-1 victory over Tabor on Saturday, July 28th.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the third inning, Matt Gillogly singled to right field scoring Ty Wood for the first run of the game. Two batters later Elijah Story hit a grand slam home run to left field to give Dell Rapids a 5-0 lead.
Tabor scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joey Slama hit an RBI double that scored Bryce Scieszinski.
Wood hit a sacrifice fly for the second out of the fifth inning, but the flyout scored Keegan Miller to make the score 6-1. Dell Rapids then scored six more times before the third out. Josh Roemen hit an RBI single, Jake Rechtenbaugh and Roemen scored on an error, and Gillogly hit a three-run home run to make the score 12-1. Tabor did not score in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the game ended on the 10-run rule.
Eddie Price pitched a complete game allowing one earned run on two hits while walking three batters and striking out eight. Holm and Gillogly both had two hits in the game. Roemen, Price, Story, Rechtenbaugh, and Wood also had hits. Story and Gillogly both had four RBIs each in the game.
Dell Rapids will play Spearfish on Sunday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m.
A Dell Rapids athlete was part of the South Dakota North Stars 10th grade girls AAU basketball team. Aspen Hansen played on the team that recently won the AAU North Tartan Meltdown tournament in Hopkins and Bloomington, MN. They finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament, and the event was an NCAA Division I recruited event.
This team also played in the Minnesota Showcase (Mankato), the South Dakota Showcase (Sioux Falls), and the Mill City tournament (Chaska and Chanhassen, MN) over the summer. The team finished with an overall record of 16-4 in all the events.
The team was coached by former South Dakota State University player Macie Mickelson and was based out of Brookings, SD.
Back Row: Kadye Fernholz (Miller), Aspen Hansen (Dell Rapids), Mady Wuebben (Yankton), Anna Campbell (Lead-Deadwood), Coach Macie Michelson
Front Row: Britney Lovre (Deuel), Hayvn Heinz (Huron), Jacy Pulse (McCook Central-Montrose), Logan Keszler (Hamlin)
The 17th Annual Relay for Life was held on Friday, July 27th, into the morning on Saturday, July 28th at the Dell Rapids City Park. The event started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and wrapped with a sunrise service at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.
The Boy Scouts once again held a Whopper feed starting at 5:30 on Friday evening. The Cancer Crusaders ran a concession stand until 10:00 p.m. Friday night. Luminaries again lined the paths of the park and were lit at dusk on Friday.
The Survivor Walk was the official kick-off to the Relay for Life event at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. After the Survivor Walk, entertainment was provided by various individuals including the Hallelujah Hooligans, Jon Hanson, Angie Peterson-Kaffar, John Pollman, Shane Skinner, and the Lutheran Church Praise Band.
A five-run fifth inning gave Dell Rapids a win in the opening round of the 2018 State B Legion Tournament in Redfield on Friday, July 27th. Dell Rapids defeated Groton 7-3 to advance in the winner’s bracket.
Groton scored first on a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning. It was the only run allowed by starter Josh Roemen.
Dell Rapids loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth inning. JD Holm lined a double to center field to drive home all three runs and give Dell Rapids a 3-1 lead. Matt Gillogly drove home Holm with a double two batters later to extend the lead. Gillogly would later score on a passed ball for the fifth run of the inning. Dell Rapids scored two more times in the top of the seventh inning. Eddie Price scored on a wild pitch, and Tyson Dahler had an RBI groundout to push the lead to 7-1. Groton scored two times in the bottom of the seventh, but Dell Rapids shut the door on a rally to win the game.
Jake Rechtenbaugh and Dahler both had two hits in the game. Holm had one with three RBIs. Gillogly had a hit with an RBI. Dahler also collected an RBI in the game. Roemen earned the win on the mound pitching five innings while giving up just one run on three hits with six strikeouts.
Dell Rapids will play Tabor at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28th.