Comeback Falls Short for Dell Rapids Baseball

DellsBaseballvsRedfield_5-22-18Dell Rapids had the bases loaded with two outs trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t get the tying run home as Redfield upset #1 seed Dell Rapids 13-12 in the opening round of the Region 2B tournament at Rickeman Field on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Redfield scored first in the top of the first inning after a fielding error.  Redfield added three more runs in the top of the second inning after back-to-back singles and then a double for a 4-0 lead.  Dell Rapids answered in the bottom of the second with a big inning.  Jake Steineke drove home two runs with a single to cut the lead in half.  After Tyson Dahler was hit by a pitch, Eddie Price doubled to bring home Steineke.  Carter Gullickson followed with another double scoring both Dahler and Price to give Dell Rapids a 5-4 lead.  Two batters later, Matt Gillogly hit a two-run home run to push the Dell Rapids lead to 7-4.  Redfield scored another run in the third inning to make the score 7-5, but Dell Rapids again when Dahler got an RBI single in the bottom half of the third to push the lead back to three runs at 8-5.

Redfield had another big inning in the top of the fourth.  The first run of the inning scored on a wild pitch.  Back-to-back hits drove home three more runs to give Redfield the lead again at 9-8.  Another run came home after an error, and Redfield lead 10-8 after the top of the fourth inning.  Three more runs came home to score for Redfield in the top of the fifth inning.  An error, a single, and an error led to the runs for Redfield as they led 13-8 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.  Dell Rapids got back-to-back RBI doubles by Dahler and Price to cut the lead to 13-10 heading into the sixth inning.  Neither team scored in the sixth to set up a tense seventh inning.

After an error, Dell Rapids was able to turn a double-play defensively in the top of the seventh inning.  Redfield, however, drew three straight walks to load the bases with two outs.  Gillogly was able to get the next batter out on a strikeout to keep the game at 13-10 heading into the final at bat.  Jeffrey Schuch started the top of the seventh with a single.  After a pop out, Dahler collected another hit to put runners on first and second.  Price drew a walk to load the bases for Dell Rapids.  Gullickson followed with a walk to score Schuch to make the score 13-11.  Jay Holm popped out to shortstop for the second out.  Gillogly drew another walk to bring home Dahler, and the lead was cut to 13-12 with the bases remaining loaded with two outs.  Keegan Miller hit a 1-0 popup just behind first base that was caught for the final out of the game.

Schuch, Price, and Dahler all had three hits in the game.  Gullickson and Gillogly had two hits each.  Elijah Story and Steineke both had a hit as well.  Gullickson and Gillogly both had three RBIs each.  Price, Steineke, and Dahler all drove home two runs apiece.

The Dell Rapids season comes to an end with a record of 10-3.

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