Dell Rapids Legion: 2018 State B Champs!

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Holm

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team can call themselves legion champions!  Dell Rapids captured the 2018 State B title in extra innings by defeating McCook/Minor 10-7 on Tuesday, July 31st in Redfield.  The last time Dell Rapids won the state legion title was when they won back-to-back titles in 1968 and 1969.

Both teams were held scoreless for the first three and half innings.  Dell Rapids finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Ty Wood drew a bases-loaded two-out walk to score Elijah Story.  Keegan Miller than scored on a wild pitch for an early 2-0 lead.

McCook/Minor tied the game in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run single by Kendall Gassman.  Trent Kingsbury added an RBI single later in the inning to give McCook/Miner a 3-2 lead.  McCook/Minor added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on errors to push their lead to 5-2.

Dell Rapids pulled within a run in the bottom of the fifth after Miller and Wood scored on an error.  McCook/Minor led 5-4 after six innings of play.  They would add two more runs on a two-run single by Cole Gassman to make the score 7-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Matt Gillogly lined a double to right field to score Eddie Price to cut the lead to 7-5.  Story, the very next batter, took the first pitch he saw and drove it over the left field wall for the game-trying two-run home run.

McCook/Minor would load the bases in the top of the eighth inning with one out after a walk, hit by pitch, and single.  Story was able to work out of the jam on the mound by getting the next two batters on a pop out to second and a line out to shortstop.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, JD Holm singled to center.  Price reached by an error.  Gillogly stepped to the plate with Holm and Price on base and one out.  On a 3-2 pitch, Gillogly drove a no-doubter over the right field fence for the game-winning three-run home run to give Dell Rapids the title.

Gillogly finished the game with two hits and four RBIs.  Price and Miller also had two hits in the game.  Story, Holm, and Josh Roemen all had one hit.  Story had two RBIs, and Wood also had an RBI.  Roemen started the game on the mound pitching six innings giving up five runs, two earned, on eight hits while walking three and striking out six batters.  Story pitched the final two innings giving up two earned runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout.

The team was met by a fire truck and was led back into Dell Rapids down to Rickeman Field where a celebration was had.  Dell Rapids finished the season with a 13-6 record.

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Holm

 

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Two Big Innings Gives Dell Rapids Legion Big Win

DellsBaseballLogo_DRBAAnother five-run inning was all the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team needed to notch their second victory at the 2018 State B Legion Tournament in Redfield.  Dell Rapids would add a seven-run inning for good measure on their way to a 12-1 victory over Tabor on Saturday, July 28th.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the third inning, Matt Gillogly singled to right field scoring Ty Wood for the first run of the game.  Two batters later Elijah Story hit a grand slam home run to left field to give Dell Rapids a 5-0 lead.

Tabor scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Joey Slama hit an RBI double that scored Bryce Scieszinski.

Wood hit a sacrifice fly for the second out of the fifth inning, but the flyout scored Keegan Miller to make the score 6-1.  Dell Rapids then scored six more times before the third out.  Josh Roemen hit an RBI single, Jake Rechtenbaugh and Roemen scored on an error, and Gillogly hit a three-run home run to make the score 12-1.  Tabor did not score in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the game ended on the 10-run rule.

Eddie Price pitched a complete game allowing one earned run on two hits while walking three batters and striking out eight.  Holm and Gillogly both had two hits in the game.  Roemen, Price, Story, Rechtenbaugh, and Wood also had hits.  Story and Gillogly both had four RBIs each in the game.

Dell Rapids will play Spearfish on Sunday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m.

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Fifth Inning Rally Gives Dell Rapids Legion Win at State

DellsBaseballLogo_DRBAA five-run fifth inning gave Dell Rapids a win in the opening round of the 2018 State B Legion Tournament in Redfield on Friday, July 27th.  Dell Rapids defeated Groton 7-3 to advance in the winner’s bracket.

Groton scored first on a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning.  It was the only run allowed by starter Josh Roemen.

Dell Rapids loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth inning.  JD Holm lined a double to center field to drive home all three runs and give Dell Rapids a 3-1 lead.  Matt Gillogly drove home Holm with a double two batters later to extend the lead.  Gillogly would later score on a passed ball for the fifth run of the inning.  Dell Rapids scored two more times in the top of the seventh inning.  Eddie Price scored on a wild pitch, and Tyson Dahler had an RBI groundout to push the lead to 7-1.  Groton scored two times in the bottom of the seventh, but Dell Rapids shut the door on a rally to win the game.

Jake Rechtenbaugh and Dahler both had two hits in the game.  Holm had one with three RBIs.  Gillogly had a hit with an RBI.  Dahler also collected an RBI in the game.  Roemen earned the win on the mound pitching five innings while giving up just one run on three hits with six strikeouts.

Dell Rapids will play Tabor at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28th.

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Dell Rapids Legion Qualifies for State Tourney

Needing to wait an extra day to play the championship game due to rain, Dell Rapids defeated Madison for the second game in a row to win the Region 2B championship and qualify for the 2018 Class B Legion State Tournament. Dell Rapids won 9-0 at Flynn Field in Madison on Thursday, July 19th.

Dell Rapids scored six times in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back. After back-to-back walks to start the inning, Elijah Story drove home the first run with an RBI single. Jake Rechtenbaugh brought home two more with a single. Tyson Dahler scored the fourth run on a wild pitch, and Josh Roemen scored on a double by JD Holm. Eddie Price hit an RBI single for the final run of the inning.

Dahler added an RBI double in the bottom of the third inning to give Dell Rapids a 7-0 lead. Rechtenbaugh drove home the final two runs on a single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Rechtenbaugh led the offense with two hits and four RBIs. Dahler, Story, and Holm all had two hits and an RBI. Price had an RBI hit, and Keegan Miller also had a hit.

Price was dominating on the mound. Price went 6 2/3 innings giving up no runs on just four hits while walking just one and striking out 14 Madison hitters. Lealand Randel pitched the final 1/3 of an inning allowing a hit.

The State B Tournament will be held in Redfield Friday, July 27th through Tuesday, July 31st. Dell Rapids will play their opening round game on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

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Big Inning Sends Dell Rapids Legion to Region Championship

A nine-run sixth inning lifted the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team to a 12-5 regional win over Madison at Flynn Field in Madison on Tuesday, July 17th. The win puts Dell Rapids into the region championship game.

Dell Rapids scored first in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double by Matt Gillogly. Madison tied the game in the top of the second on an RBI single. The two teams were held scoreless in the third inning, and the score was tied 1-1 after three innings of play.

Eddie Price scored on an error in the bottom of the fourth inning to break the tie and give Dell Rapids a 2-1 lead. Madison rallied for four unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning on three Dell Rapids errors to take a 5-2 lead. Price had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 5-3.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dell Rapids offense exploded. Tyson Dahler scored on a wild pitch, Price had a two-run double, Gillogly smacked a three-run home run, Elijah Story added an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch, and Dahler scored the ninth run of the inning on another wild pitch. Dell Rapids then led 12-5 after the sixth inning and held on for the victory.

Gillogly finished 3-3 with four RBIs. Price was 2-3 with three RBIs. Story was 2-4 with an RBI. Josh Roemen, JD Holm, Keegan Miller, Logan Stone, and Dahler all collected hits in the game. Roemen pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up five runs, one earned, on six hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts.

The region championship game will be played at Flynn Field in Madison at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th.

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Dell Rapids Legion Advances to Region Semifinals

DellsBaseballLogo_DRBAThe Dell Rapids Legion baseball team advanced to the semifinals in their regional tournament after a 12-2 over Aurora in the opening round on Monday, July 16th in Madison.

Dell Rapids scored 12 unanswered runs after Aurora started the game with two runs in the top of the first.  Dell Rapids cut the lead in half at 2-1 after the first inning on an RBI single by Matt Gillogly.

Dell Rapids took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning on a three-run home run by Gillogly to make the score 4-2.  Two more runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI triple by Josh Roemen and an RBI double by JD Holm.  Three more runs came home in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Jake Rechtenbaugh and RBI walks to Holm and Gillogly.  The final three runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Rechtenbaugh and a two-run single by Holm.

Roemen, Holm, Gillogly, and Rechtenbaugh all had two hits each in the game.  Eddie Price, Keegan Miller, and Logan Stone also had a hit in the game.  Gillogly and Holm both had four RBIs.  Rechtenbaugh had two RBIs, and Roemen also had an RBI.

Elijah Story pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs, both earned, on four hits while walking five batters and striking out eleven.  Lealand Randel pitched the final 1/3 of an inning striking out the lone hitter he faced.

Dell Rapids will play Madison at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17th in Madison at Flynn Field.  The winner will advance to the championship game on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 p.m..  The loser of the game will face the winner of Aurora and Garretson on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

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Baseball and Softball in Full Swing in Dell Rapids

2018DRBaseballSoftballSeasonAs the school year comes to a close, the summer ball season has begun.  After weeks of trying to battle snow storms and wet fields, the youth baseball and softball teams have begun playing games and fans can be heard cheering for their teams every night on the Dell Rapids ball fields.

The Dell Rapids 15/16 Teener team began their season on Monday, May 21st with a close loss to Volga 11-12 .   Two Dell Rapids 13/14 teams, Dells-J and Dells-N, have already played a few games this season.  Dells-J is currently 1-1 on the season, and Dells-N is 0-1.  The Dell Rapids Legion team will begin their season in early June.  Dell Rapids PBR and the Dell Rapids Mudcats amateur baseball teams have also started their 2018 season.

The Dell Rapids 12U and 10U baseball teams are in their second week of games.  Dell Rapids has four 12U teams and six 10U teams this year that can be found on the diamonds every Monday and Wednesday night.  The 8U baseball teams began their season on Tuesday, May 22nd, and they play Tuesdays and Thursdays.  The 6U teams began their season on Monday, May 21st and play Mondays and Wednesdays with some games being played at Dells Nursing and Rehab Center.  The Dell Rapids 12U, 10U, 8U, and 6U softball teams began their season on Tuesday, May 22nd.  Their games on are Tuesday and Thursday nights.

One new feature has been added to one of the youth fields for this summer.  Eagle Scout Jack Prasek put together a manual scoreboard and installed it on Field F for the Dell Rapids Baseball and Softball leagues as part of his Eagle Scout project.  The new scoreboard has been a great addition to the field.

Diamonds will be full of baseball games and softball games almost every night of the week through the early part of July.  Head down to the fields and catch some exciting games all summer long!

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Dept of SD Veterans of Foreign Wars Announces First Ever Youth Baseball Grant Results

Dell Rapids Baseball Association Receives Grant Dollars from SD VFW

SDVFWBaseballLogoSioux Falls (May 4, 2018) – Department of SD VFW Baseball Chairman, Danny Frisby-Griffin, released the results of the program’s first Youth Baseball Grant Results. Drawing upon the initial set-aside funds and a generous donation from the Frisby-Griffin family, VFW Baseball was able to provide a total of $2500 divided among the following three grant applications: Selby Teeners, Dell Rapids Baseball Association and Webster Youth Baseball Association.

The new grant program was created to help ensure youth across South Dakota have an opportunity to participate in baseball. In addition to the grant program, the Department of SD VFW Baseball also created a Youth Baseball Community of the Year Award (monetary) and established a Veterans Program Donation process to allow VFW Baseball to donate to various VFW Veterans programs and initiatives.

Webster Youth Baseball Association plan on utilizing their funding to build a batting cage for the 8U, 10U and 12U baseball teams as well as their youth softball teams. Dell Rapids Baseball Association are also utilizing their grant to add an outdoor batting cage serving over 200 players. Selby Teeners are purchasing new uniforms in addition to other equipment required to provide play safe youth baseball.

“This is an awesome opportunity for the Department of SD VFW Baseball program to give back to the future leaders of our nation,“ said Frisby-Griffin. “And who knows, there may be a future major league player out there that just needed a bit of support to keep playing.”

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization.
Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.VFW.org or www.sdvfw.org.

CONTACT: Danny Frisby-Griffin, 402.332.7423, danny.frisby-griffin@outlook.com

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City Approves New Batting Cage

NewBattingCageA new batting cage will be constructed next to Field E in Dell Rapids after the city council gave its approval.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved the request by the Dell Rapids Baseball Association during the regular meeting on Monday, February 5th.

The Dell Rapids Baseball Association in partnership with the Dell Rapids Softball Association are working on a project to construct a new batting cage along the right field side of Field E.  The start of the project will be this spring in hopes of completing the project early into the baseball and softball seasons this summer, if not sooner.

“As you guys are probably aware, our numbers keep increasing, increasing, increasing, and we have one batting cage right now and that’s up by Rickeman Field.  So really, the youth fields don’t have any batting cages.  We would like to put a cage to start with, one single cage, down the right field line of Field E,” said Dell Rapids Baseball Association board member Jeff Holm.  Holm presented the project during the council meeting.

The Dell Rapids Baseball Association has been in contact with local companies and contractors to provide the materials for the project.  The goal is to try to get most of the materials and work volunteered or at cost to keep the price of the project as low as possible.  The baseball and softball associations did not request any city funding for the project.  Any costs associated with this project will be paid by the Dell Rapids Baseball Association.

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Dell Rapids City Council Approves Scoreboard Eagle Scout Project

ManualScoreboardThe Dell Rapids City Council gave the green light for an Eagle Scout project that will place manual scoreboards on two baseball fields at Dell Rapids City Park.  The approval was given during the council’s regular meeting on Monday, October 16th.

Jack Prasek presented plans to the council for a manual scoreboard to be given to the Dell Rapids Baseball association that he will build for his Eagle Scout project.  The scoreboard is planned to be placed on Field F on the south side of the river once completed.

“It will mostly be a simple scoreboard with a home score, guest score, and an inning.  We plan on having brothers or sisters doing the scoring at the games,” said Prasek during his presentation.

The manual scoreboard will start five feet off the ground and go to a height of ten feet.  The width of the scoreboard will be five feet.  Also included on the structure will be a walkway platform about two feet off the ground to be used to reach placing the scores.  There will be hooks placed on the scoreboard to hang numbers for the home score, guest score, and inning.  A lock box will also be built on the structure to store the numbers. DellRapidsFieldF

The cost of the project is estimated to be about $375-400.  Dell Rapids Lumber was chosen as the lumber company to purchase materials for the project.  The Dell Rapids Baseball Association will be paying for all the costs associated with the project.

None of the baseball fields have scoreboards at this point.  The hope is these manual scoreboards will be a benefit to the players and fans, and possibly these manual scoreboards will lead into digital boards sometime in the future.

 

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