Dell Rapids PBR and Dell Rapids Mudcats are both headed to the 2017 State B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Mitchell August 2nd through 13th. Dell Rapids PBR earned the final spot from District 4B with an 8-6 win over Colman on Saturday, July 30th. Dell Rapids Mudcats claimed the District 4B title with a 13-12 win over Madison.
PBR took an early 4-o lead over Colman after the first two innings of play, but the Colman A’s scored five times in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead. PBR, however, answered with three runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good on their way to the 8-6 win.
The Mudcats won in a three-run ninth inning in a high-scoring back-and-forth game against Madison. The Mudcats had an early 5-2 lead after the first two innings. Madison tied the game in the fourth inning at 5-5, and then held a 7-6 lead after five innings of play. Both teams scored in the sixth inning and the game was tied 9-9. Madison took the lead in the top of the eighth, but the Mudcats answered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 10-10. Madison’s Matt Burpee hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give Madison a 12-10 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. The Mudcats loaded the bases, and Grant Olson drove in two runs with a double to tie the game. Jimmy Bauer had the game-winning RBI single to give the Mudcats the win.
Dell Rapids PBR will kick off the state tournament against Winner/Colome on Wednesday, August 2nd, at 5:30 p.m. The Mudcats will play on Saturday, August 5th, at 1:00 p.m. against Dimock/Emery.