Zeb Schumaker drove in six runs on two doubles to lead Dell Rapids to a 15-5 win over Tea on Monday, July 20th at Rickeman Field in the final regular season game of the season.
Tea starting the game swinging at pitches early in the count. The strategy worked in the top of the first inning as the first four batters reached putting the ball in play, and three of them scored for an early 3-0 lead. Dell Rapids took the lead in the bottom of the second inning scoring four times. Logan Stone had an RBI ground ball, Landon Ruesink had an RBI sacrifice fly. Drew Van Regenmorter was walked with the bases loaded to bring home another run, and Kaeden Eastman added an RBI single.
Tea took the lead again in the top of the fourth inning getting two runs on two outs making the score 5-4. The Dell Rapids offense came alive from that point in the game. Dell Rapids scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by Ruesink and Jake Steineke. Schumaker hit one of his doubles in the inning driving home three runs to give Dell Rapids a 9-5 lead. Dell Rapids scored six more times in the bottom of the fifth inning. Van Regenmorter had an RBI ground ball, Brandon Geraets walked with the bases loaded to score a run, and Schumaker again hit a three-run double. Schumaker later scored on a wild pitch to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Schumaker had two doubles and six RBIs. Steineke had two hits and and an RBI. Noah Swartwout also had two hits. Ruesink and Van Regenmorter each had a hit and two RBIs, Stone and Eastman both had a hit and an RBI, and Logan Ellingson also had a hit. Geraets also had an RBI. Stone pitched all five innings giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.
Dell Rapids ends their regular season with an 11-8 record. They will play in the Region 2B tournament starting on Monday, July 27th in Castlewood. Their first game will be against Castlewood/Clear Lake at 5:00 p.m.