Dell Rapids 15s Headed to 15/16 State Tournament

The Dell Rapids 15s Teener team qualified for the 15/16 State A VFW Teener Tournament by placing 2nd in the Region 3A tournament which was held in Dell Rapids at Rickeman Field July 27-29.

Dell Rapids 15s started the tournament on Monday, July 27th against West Central.  West Central won the game despite outstanding pitching performances by Elijah Story (four innings) and Lealand Randel (two innings).  West Central scored four runs on three consecutive Dell Rapids throwing errors in the third inning with two outs.  Dell Rapids was only able to muster one run in the game and fell to West Central 4-1.  Seth Spielmann and Story each collected two hits in the game.

Now in the loser’s bracket, Dell Rapids came back and won their next game over Dell Rapids 16s 9-0 on Tuesday, July 28th.  Dell Rapids 15s turned two double-plays in the first and second innings.  Austin Ellingson struck out 11 batters in a complete-game shutout.  Story threw out two attempted base stealers at second during the game.  Jeffry Schuch led the offense for Dell Rapids 15s going 3-4 with a double and five RBIs.  Keegan Miller added two hits, and Ellingosn, Carter Gullickson, and Elijah Story each scored two runs.

Dell Rapids 15s earned a spot in the finals by defeating Tri-Valley 2-0 on Wednesday, July 29th, in an exciting pitching dual.  Gullickson carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, which is when Tri-Valley would get their only hit of the game.  Gullickson finished the one-hit shutout for the win by striking out six batters.  The defense was solid for Dell Rapids as they did not commit an error in the game.  Miller was 3-3 offensively with three singles.  Spielmann went 2-3 and drove in both runs of the game.

Dell Rapids 15s met up with West Central again, this time in the championship game, on Wednesday, July 29th.  After a sluggish start to the game, Dell Rapids was able to tie the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning.  However, Dell Rapids would run out of steam and surrender seven runs to West Central in the seventh inning to fall 13-6.  Story, Schuch, Spielmann, Cameron Bruhn, and Eddie Price all picked up a hit and scored a run in the game.  Logan Ruesink was 2-4 with two RBIs.

Since West Central is hosting the 15/16 State A VFW Teener tournament and was already automatically qualified, the region bid in the state tournament went to Dell Rapids 15s after finishing second in regions.

The state tournament will be held in Humboldt August 7-9.

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Dell Rapids Mudcats Heading Back to State

MudcatsLogoA four-run seventh inning lifted the Dell Rapids Mudcats over the Madison Broncos 4-3 at the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Flandreau on Thursday, July 30th.  The win qualified the Mudcats for the State B Tournament in Mitchell August 5-15.

Madison jumped on Matt Wilbur and the Mudcats right away in the first inning.  The Broncos scored three times on four hits and two Mudcat errors.  Madison would leave the bases loaded, but took an early 3-0 lead.  The Mudcats struggled to find their offense as they were only able to get two total hits through the first six innings.

Madison, meanwhile, threatened to add to their lead in just about every inning.  The Broncos had at least one hit in every inning through the first six innings, but were unable to push across any more runs.  The momentum seemed to shift Dell Rapids way in the top of the sixth inning.  Madison had three hits in the inning, but had a runner thrown out at home, and they again left the bases loaded.

The Mudcats finally got to Brandon Burg in the seventh inning.  Joe Lewellen reached on a one-out single.  Jimmy Bauer hit a two-out double to put runners on second and third.  Travis Peters drove in the Mudcats’ first run with an RBI single.  Kris King drew a walk, and the Mudcats had the bases loaded with two outs.  Madison made a pitching change bringing in Chris Brozik to face Nate Henry.  Henry drove a double off the base of the wall to drive in three runs to give Dell Rapids a 4-3 lead.

Wilbur got through the final two innings to get the complete-game win and send Dell Rapids to the state tournament. Wilbur gave up three runs, two earned, on 11 hits while striking out 10 and walking four.  He was able to pitch Dell Rapids through a rough night in the field as the Mudcats committed five errors.

Henry finished 1-3 with a double and three RBI.  Peters was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Bauer, King and Lewellen also collected hits for Dell Rapids.

The Mudcats will enter the state tournament as the District 4B #2 rep.  Pairings for the state tournament will be released after the conclusion of all the district tournaments.

Dell Rapids Mudcats Reach Semifinals

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats opened up the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Flandreau with a 4-1 win over Hartford/Humboldt.  10 total hits and three RBIs by 2nd baseman Nate Henry was all the run-support starting pitcher Jared Donahue needed to pick up his third win against H/H.  Donahue gave up one run on three hits while fanning 15.

“He pitched real well for us today,” said Manager Jim Wilber. “It was real important to get this first win, and Jared did that.  The lineup he faced was a very tough line-up and they hit the ball very well.  Jared was great.”

The last time these two teams met, H/H scored 11 runs, however this time they were only able squeeze out one run.

The Mudcats started the scoring early in the bottom of the 1st inning.  With one out Grant Olson doubled over the left fielders head.  Kris King moved Olson over on a error by the H/H right fielder’s dropped ball.  With runners on first and third, Henry drove in Olson on a fielders choice to second base.

The pitching duel continued as both teams made good plays out in the field, and both pitchers were able to locate the pitches they wanted.  In the fourth inning, Donahue gave up a run.  That would be the closest thing to a struggle for Donahue in the game.   H/H scored after Rob Lind worked a one-out walk, only Donahue’s second walk of the game.  After Danny Flahiee grounded out and moved Lind to second, H/H’s Cole Rockefellow reached on an error with two outs scoring Lind.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Mudcats put the only crooked number up on the scoreboard.  Jimmy Bauer led off the inning with his second single of the game.  Bauer stole second base.  Olson then popped up to short, which then brought up King.  King singled and drove in Bauer, which turned out to be the game-winning run.  Henry came to the plate and lined a base hit to right field.  When the throw to third came up wild, King was able to come home for another run.

The Mudcats added another run in the 7th when Henry drove in King again with a single after King singled and stole second base.

Donahue pitched a complete game with 15 strikeouts, only walking two. The run he gave up was unearned.

Bauer, King, Henry and Aaron Johnson each had two hits.  Olson and Colin Karst each had a double.

The Mudcats will play Tuesday, July 28th, at 8:00 p.m. in Flandreau.

Dell Rapids PBR Season Comes to an End

PBRLogoIn an elimination game on Saturday, July 25th, Dell Rapids PBR fell to Salem 12-0 in seven innings ending their 2015 season.  This is the second year in a row that Dell Rapids PBR has failed to qualify for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament.

Salem opened up the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, one of those runs coming on a steal of home.  The Cubs added another run in the second inning and had an early 3-0 lead.  Salem did not slow down as they added three more runs in the third.  The big blow came in the top of the 7th inning when Salem scored five times to push their lead to 12-0.

The Dell Rapids PBR offense could not get anything going throughout the game.  Salem kept PBR off the bases in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings retiring 15 PBR hitters in a row.

Dell Rapids PBR Drops Opening Game of Districts

PBRLogoFour errors by the Dell Rapids PBR defense and 15 hits by Lennox Only One proved to be too much for PBR to overcome in the opening round of the District 4B Amateur baseball tournament in Flandreau on Friday, July 24th.  Lennox defeated PBR 12-7.  PBR is just one loss away from not qualifying for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament for the second year in a row.

Lennox got on the board early with an unearned run in the top half of the first inning.  Dell Rapids PBR answered back with two in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.  PBR added another run in the second inning to extend the lead to 3-1.  Lennox, however, tied the game up in the third inning with two runs.  It was the first of three innings in a row that Lennox would score two runs.  They added two runs in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead.

PBR pulled within three by scoring in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 7-4.  Lennox again would add a run in the seventh and another run in the eighth to extend their lead to 9-4.  PBR would not go away quietly as they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs.  PBR, however, left the based loaded, and the momentum shifted back to Lennox.  Lennox added three more runs in the top of the ninth for the win.

Kevin Krull picked up four hits for Dell Rapids PBR.  Cody Colliet and Drew Eldeen each had two RBIs.  Nate Alfson took the loss for PBR.  He struck out six in the game.  Jared Hegdahl earned the win for Lennox.

Dell Rapids PBR will play at 7:30 on Saturday, July 25th, in an elimination game.

Dell Rapids 13/14 Teeners Fall to Lennox

The Dell Rapids 13/14 Teeners lost their opening round game of the State A Tournament in Mobridge 14-4 to Lennox on Friday, July 24th.  Dell Rapids trailed 6-2 in the fourth inning, but could not get any closer in a tough first day.  Dell Rapids will look to bounce back on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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Dell Rapids Little League Baseball Ends for the Year

As the summer days head into August, the Dell Rapids Little League ended their season on Sunday, July 12th with the MinnDak “End of the Year” tournaments.  This year the Dell Rapids Little League had a total of 17 teams in 2015, five coach pitch teams, five transition league teams, four pee wee teams, and four midget teams.

The coach pitch teams played games against not only themselves, but also against teams from Flandreau and Tri-Valley.  Their season ended on Wednesday, June 24th.  The transition league teams played against teams from Dell Rapids, Baltic, Flandreau, Tri-Valley, and Humboldt.  The transition league season concluded with an “End of the Year” tournament on Sunday, June 28th, during Quarry Days.

The pee wee and midget teams participated in the MinnDak League once again this year.  The league consists of teams from Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Baltic, Tri-Valley, Humboldt, Garretson, Hills, MN, and Beaver Creek, MN.  The MinnDak “End of the Year” tournaments for both pee wee and midget divisions were held July 10th-12th in Baltic, Garretson and Hills, MN.  Dell Rapids ERC defeated Dell Rapids T&C in the midget gold tournament.  Dells Nursing and Rehab finished second in the pee wee silver tournament.

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Dell Rapids 13/14 Teeners Headed to State

The Dell Rapids 13/14 Teener team is headed to the State A tournament in Mobridge July 24-27 after winning the Region 2A Tournament.

2015Dells13-14Teeners_1Under a double rainbow and beautiful night in Volga, Dell Rapids found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow by holding off Volga 7-5 in the championship game.  Eddie Price picked up the win for Dell Rapids striking out 11 Volga batters and giving up only three hits. Ty Wood earned a save pitching the final three innings and striking out the final Volga hitter of the game.   Dell Rapids was only able to tally seven hits in the game, but scored seven runs on those hits.

Dell Rapids started the tournament on Tuesday, July 14th, by beating Madison 11-4.  Logan Heim had a strong pitching performance as he limited Madison to just six hits while striking out 11.  Heim pitched a complete game for the win.  Dell Rapids offense was led by Price who went 2-2 with two triples and five RBIs.  Dell Rapids had six total hits in the game.

Dell Rapids faced Volga for the first time in the tournament in semifinal action on Wednesday, July 15th, and exploded for a 19-1 win in four innings to advance to the championship game.  Wood (three innings), and Logan Stone (one inning) combined to hold Volga to just two hits in the game.  They combined for a total of six strikeouts.  The offense for Dell Rapids tallied 16 total hits.  Price and Heim had home runs in the game.

Dell Rapids will face the winner of Region 4A in the first round of the state tournament.  The opponent and game time will be determined at a later time.

22 players from the two I-29 league teams combined to form the VFW Dell Rapids team.

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Garretson Advances in Region 2B with Win over Dell Rapids

DRLegion71515Garretson hung on for a 4-3 win over Dell Rapids in Region 2B Legion Tournament action on Wednesday, July 15th, at Rickeman Field in Dell Rapids.

Both starting pitchers were in shut down mode through the first six innings of the game.  Brett Mogen of Dell Rapids held Garretson to no runs on four hits through six innings, while John Gassman held Dell Rapids to no runs on five hits through six innings.

Garretson was able to break the tie in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Lead-off hitter Dereck Veldkamp starting the inning off with a walk.  Alex Thorson reached on an error.  Then Jacob Fitzgerald, Jesse Brockhouse, and Micah Mader all had RBI singles in a row to give Garretson a 3-0 lead.  Mogen was able to get Tyler Willems to ground out, but Willems drove in the fourth run of the inning.

Dell Rapids mounted a rally of their own in the top of the eighth inning.  Gassman was able to get two of the first three hitters out in the inning.  Carter Gullickson entered the game for Casey Hansen after Hansen hit into a fielder’s choice.  Gullickson advanced to second on a passed ball, and Josh Roemen followed with an RBI double.  Roemen then stole third base during the Mogen at-bat, and scored on a throwing error.  Mogen finished his at-bat with a walk.  Joe Muston followed with a single to move Mogen to third.  Mogen would score the third run of the inning on a wild pitch.  But that was all Dell Rapids could get in the inning, and the game.  Willems only faced three batters in the ninth inning for the save, ending the game with a pick-off of Matt Gillogly.

Gassman picked up the win for Garretson throwing eight innings giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out four and walking three.  Mogen took the loss pitching eight innings giving up four runs, three earned on seven hits while striking out six and walking three.

In other tournament action, Madison defeated Castlewood/Clear Lake 14-1 in the 3:00 p.m. game.  Madison also defeated Volga 7-6 in the 8:00 p.m. game.

Dell Rapids will play Castlewood/Clear Lake in an elimination game today at 5:00 p.m.  Following the conclusion of that game, Madison will face Garretson in semifinal action.

Dell Rapids to Host Legion 2B Region Tournament

South Dakota American Legion Region 2B Baseball Tournament
July 15 – 18 in Dell Rapids
Hosted by George A Fitzgerald Post 65

Wednesday, July 15
3:00 PM – Castlewood/Clear Lake vs Madison
5:30 PM – Dell Rapids vs Garretson
8:00 PM – Winner of Game 1 vs Volga

Thursday, July 16
Games at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Friday, July 17
Games at 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 18
Championship game at 12:00 PM, and if needed the last game will be at 2:30 PM