On a beautiful evening for baseball, Dell Rapids used a 7-run sixth inning to pull away from Sioux Falls Christian for a 14-2 win on Monday, April 8th. It was the third game this season played at Ronken Field on the campus of Augustana University. Ronken Field is quickly becoming the “home away from home” for Dell Rapids.
Dell Rapids scored in the top of the first inning with two outs to strike first. Jake Rechtenbaugh hit an RBI single to drive home Logan Stone for the first run of the game. Thane Hilmoe scored with two outs in the top of the third to give Dell Rapids a 2-0 lead after three innings.
Sioux Falls Christian tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run single, but Dell Rapids regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. After Jake Steineke reached on an error, courtesy runner Gabe Skonseng scored on an RBI single by Keegan Miller for a 3-2 lead. Dell Rapids delivered the big blow in the top of the sixth inning with seven runs scored on hits by Eddie Price, Stone, Rechtenbaugh, and Austin Henry. Dell Rapids added four more runs in the seventh with hits by Charlie Holm and Kaeden Eastman.
Price, Stone, Rechtenbaugh, and Henry all had two hits each. Holm, Miller, Eastman, and Mason Goeken also collected hits. Rechtenbaugh had three RBIs in the game. Stone, Miller, Henry, and Eastman all drove home two runs each, and Price also had an RBI.
Price took the win on the mound pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs, both earned, on five hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts. Henry pitched the final 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs on no hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Dell Rapids also won the five-inning JV game by a score of 10-6.
Dell Rapids (2-1) is scheduled to play Tri-Valley in Colton on Sunday, April 14th. The varsity game will start at 2:00 p.m. with the JV game to follow. The HS Club baseball team schedule can be found by clicking this link, http://dellrapidsbaseball.com/hs-club-baseball/. All schedule updates due to spring weather are reflected on this schedule.