Dell Rapids PBR Gets Upset Win in District 4B Tournament

PBRLogoThe seventh-seeded Dell Rapids PBR team took a District 4B opening-round win over their in-town rivals, the Dell Rapids Mudcats, on Friday, July 20th in Humboldt.  PBR won the game 4-3.

Brett Mogen was fantastic on the mound throwing a complete game for PBR.  Mogen finished with 14 strikeouts in the game.  The Mudcats held an early lead of 2-1 after four innings of play.  PBR took advantage of a Mudcat error in the top of the fifth inning and had timely two-out hitting to score three runs to take a 4-2 lead.  PBR was able to hang on for the 4-3 win.

Weston Hansen was 3-for-5 for PBR with two RBIs.  Mark Houck paced the Mudcats offense with three hits.

The Mudcats will play Salem on Saturday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. in an elimination game.  The loser will be eliminated from the tournament.  PBR will play on Tuesday, July 24th at 8:00 p.m. against the winner of the Humboldt/Colman game.

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Mudcats Advance in District 4B by Beating PBR

MudcatsLogoDell Rapids Mudcats and Dell Rapids PBR squared off against one another in the opening round of the District 4B Tournament on Saturday, July 22nd, in Madison.  The Mudcats are the #1 seed in the tournament, and Dell Rapids PBR is the #8 seed.

The Mudcats earned the 10-3 win over PBR.  The Mudcats scored three runs right away in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in the win.  Trevor Fruedenthal hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning for the Mudcats.  Colin Karst pitched a complete game giving up three runs on five hits while striking out nine batters.  Kevin Krull and Zane Schumacher had RBI hits for PBR. PBRLogo

The Mudcats advanced to the semifinals which will be held on Tuesday, July 25th, at 6:00 p.m..  Dell Rapids PBR will play in an elimination game on Thursday, July 27th, also at 6:00 p.m..  Both games will be at Flynn Field in Madison.

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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.

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PBR Picks up Late Inning Win

Colin Karst of Dell Rapids PBR got the starting nod in a Cornbelt League game against Flandreau Sunday night, June 23rd. For the first seven innings he was in control of the bats of the Flandreau hitters, allowing just two runs on five hits, while hte PBR offense scored six times in the first seven innings.  It appeared that PBR would finish this game in a hurry.  Not to be the case though as Landon Klock came in relief of Karst in the top of the 8th inning.  Klock faced nine hitters giving up four runs on three hits.  Dell Rapids PBR also had three very costly errors in the inning that allowed Flandreau to tie the game at 6-6.  In the bottom of the 8th, Dells responded by taking advantage of some miscues by the Flandreau defense.  PBR managed one hit, but scored three runs, including two runs by walks.  PBR would escape with a 9-6 win, their third Cornbelt League win of the year.

Klock went 2-4 with two singles.  Dan Conrad, Sheldon Davis, and Clarence Fjellanger each had a double.  Despite the poor fielding in the 8th inning by Dells, PBR managed to turn three double plays in the game.

Dell Rapids PBR will travel to Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 25th, and will host Aurora on Thursday, June 27th, in upcoming games.

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Clear Lake Upsets Mudcats

Clear Lake picked up an upset win over the #1 team in Class B, the Dell Rapids Mudcats, in the opening round of the State B Amateur Baseball Touranment in Mitchell.  Clear Lake held the Mudcat hitters to just three hits the entire game.  Jesse Kurtenback and Matt Wilber led the team offensively each hitting a double in the game.  Mark Houck had the other hit for Dell Rapids.  Wilber took the loss pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 6 hits and striking out 6.  Houck finished the game giving up 2 hits and striking out 5.  Clear Lake was able to push across a run in the 3rd inning and 5th inning for the win.  The Mudcat season comes to an end as they finish with a 27-5 record.

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State B Amateur Baseball Tournament Set

The 2012 South Dakota State B Amateur Baseball Tournament field has been set.  The tournament will be played in Mitchell at Cadwell Park starting Wednesday, August 1st and wrapping up on Sunday, August 12th.  Seven Cornbelt League teams qualified for the state tournament this year, but a familiar team will not be in the tournament for the first time in 26 years.  Dell Rapids PBR was disqualified from the District 4B Tournament on Saturday due to the use of a legion pick-up player from Colton during their game against Salem.

Dell Rapids PBR manager Jay Bentz appealed the decision in a special league meeting held Sunday evening in Humboldt, but the decision was upheld.

The Dell Rapids Mudcats will represent the league as the District 4B Champions.  They defeated Canova in the championship game 13-2 Saturday evening.  Jesse Kuretnbach led the Mudcats with four hits, including a double and three RBI. Travis Peters had three hits with an RBI and Matt Wilber had two hits with three RBI. Nate Henry, Mark Hauck, Gregg Hilmoe and Aaron Johnson all had two hits in the game as well. Johnson took the victory on the mound for the Mudcats.

The seven teams representing the Cornbelt League this year are District Champion Dell Rapids Mudcats, Canova, Madison, Colman, Harrisburg, Salem, and Lennox.

A complete schedule of the state tournament can be found at

*Additional reporting by Matt Hendrickson, KJAM Radio

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Mudcats Reach Championship Game

The Dell Rapids Mudcats reached the championship game of the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament with a win over Madison 12-7 last night in Salem.  The Mudcats will face Canova as the Gang beat Colman 12-11 in 12 innings to reach the championship game.  The Mudcats and Canova split during the regular Cornbelt League season.  The Mudcats beat Canova 1-0 on May 31st, and the Gang defeated the Mudcats 5-1 on July 12th.  The championship game is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday in Salem.

Dell Rapids PBR will play tonight 8:00 against Salem.  If PBR wins  they will qualify for the state tournament.  If they lose, they will have another chance to make it in the “last chance” game Saturday afternoon at 4:30.

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PBR Keeps State Hopes Alive

Dell Rapids PBR kept their chances of qualifying for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament alive with a win Wednesday night over Humboldt 7-4.  The win gives PBR two more chances to make the state tournament.  PBR will face Salem Friday night at 8:00.  If they win, they will qualify for the state tournament, but if they lose, they will have one last chance in the “last chance” game Saturday afternoon at 4:30.

The Dell Rapids Mudcats, whom have already qualified for the state tournament, will play tonight against Madison at 8:00 as they continue their quest for the District 4B Championship.

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Mudcats and 3 Others Qualify for State

Four of the 12 Cornbelt League teams have qualified for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Mitchell on August 1st – 12th already.  The Canova Gang, Dell Rapids Mudcats, Colman A’s and Madison Broncos all won quarterfinal games over the weekend in the District 4B Tournament in Salem.  Canova defeated Lennox 9-2, Colman defeated Harrisburg 6-4, Madison beat Salem 6-1, and the Mudcats beat PBR 9-7 to qualify.  These four teams will play out the winner’s half of the bracket to determine who will go in as the District 4B Champion, Rep #1, Rep #2 and Rep #3.  Those games will be held Thursday and Saturday.

The rest of the eight teams are playing out the loser’s half of the bracket for the final three spots in the state tournament from the Cornbelt League.  Those games will pick up again Tuesday evening and will also be played Wednesday and Friday evenings along with Saturday afternoon.

A complete list of games and the bracket can be found here:

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Mudcats Take on PBR in Districts

The Dell Rapids Mudcats and Dell Rapids PBR teams will do battle for the third time this year as they meet in the final game of today’s District 4B Tournament in Salem.  The Mudcats come into the district tournament as the second seed.  PBR is the seventh seed and has already posted a win by defeating Tea 3-0 yesterday afternoon.  The two teams split during the regular season with PBR winning 5-2 on June 7th and the Mudcats winning 9-4 on June 22nd.  Today’s game is scheduled for around 6:00 p.m. in Salem.

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