The Canova Gang ended the tournament run for the Dell Rapids Mudcats on Friday, August 16th in Mitchell. Canova advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 South Dakota Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament with a 7-0 win over the Mudcats.
The game was scoreless through the first four innings of the game. The Gang scored all seven of their runs in the bottom of the fifth on six hits and one Mudcat error in the inning. Dell Rapids was held to just three total hits in the game. Josh Roemen had two of the hits while Grant Olson picked up the other hit.
Brett Mogen, a Dell Rapids PBR pickup player for Canova, earned the win for the Gang on the mound. He pitched a complete game with three hits allowed along with two walks and 10 strikeouts. Blake Svoboda took the loss for the Mudcats pitching four and 1/3 innings giving up seven runs, four earned, on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts. John Spaeth pitched the final three and 2/3 innings giving up three hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Canova lost in the semifinal round to Garretson 5-0. The game lasted into the early morning hours of Sunday, August 18th due to the storms that rolled across South Dakota on Saturday evening. Alexandria then defeated Garretson 2-0 to claim the Class B title on Sunday afternoon.