The Dell Rapids Mudcats won their opening round game of the 2019 South Dakota Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Sunday, August 11th, at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Dell Rapids defeated the Dimock/Emery Raptors 10-4 to advance to the second round.
The Raptors scored first in the top of the first inning, but Dell Rapids answered with two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run double by Mark Houck. Dimock/Emery scored another run int he top of the second inning to tie the game and added another run in the third inning for a 3-2 lead.
The Mudcats responded with six unanswered runs to go ahead for good in the game. Dell Rapids scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Grant Olson and an RBI single by Aaron Johnson. The Mudcats then added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, all with two outs. Houck scored on an error, Travis Peters had an RBI single, and Olson drove home two more runs with another double. Dell Rapids added two more runs in the eighth inning on a two-run single by Houck to put away the Raptors.
Houck finished with two hits and four RBIs. Olson had two doubles and three RBIs in the game. Johnson and Peters both had two hits and an RBI. Chad Hunt, Josh Roemen, and Jimmy Bauer also had two hits apiece. Nate Henry and Trevor Freudenthal also had hits.
Donahue took the win pitching six innings while giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Blake Svoboda pitched the final three innings giving up an unearned run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
The Mudcats will play Four Corners in the late game on Wednesday night, August 14th.