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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Dell Rapids Post 65 Baseball Earns Postseason Awards

DellsBaseballLogoDell Rapids Post 65 was crowned champion of the East River Baseball League with a perfect 10-0 record. Other teams included McCook/Minor (9-1), Garretson (4-4), Volga (4-5), Humboldt/Hartford (3-5), Lennox (3-4), Madison (3-7) and Colton (0-10).

Multiple Dell Rapids Post 65 Legion baseball players received postseason recognition due their contributions during the season.

Brett Mogen was named MVP for the East River League. Mogen had a .480 batting average and 11 RBI. He also was 3-0 as a pitcher with 29 strikeouts. He had an ERA of .98 in 18 1/3 innings.

Nate McKee earned the Silver Slugger batting award given to the top hitter. McKee led the league with a .581 batting average and drove in 18 runs.

Cole Gassman from McCook/Miner earned the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the league. He had a 2-0 pitching record in 20 1/3 innings while striking out 37 hitters. His ERA was 0.34.

Three Dell Rapids players participated in the State American Legion Baseball All-Star game August 1 in Clark, SD. Mogen, McKee and Josh Roemen were selected from nominations across the state as All-State players. Eric Klein and Casey Hansen were chosen as Honorable Mention All-State players.

Dell Rapids finished the season with a 20-4 record. Team members included Brett Mogen, Nate McKee, Josh Roemen, Keegan Miller, Eric Klein, Seth Andersen, Casey Hansen, Carter Gullickson, Elijah Story, Adrian Juba, Ethan Brobjorg, Logan Ruesink, Matt Gillogly, Tyson Dahler and Lealand Randel.

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Dell Rapids Legion Season Ends at State Tournament

DellsBaseballLogoThe Dell Rapids Legion baseball team had their season come to an end on Sunday, July 23rd, at the 2017 Legion State B Tournament in Winner.  Dell Rapids went 1-2 in the tournament.

Dell Rapids opened the tournament with a hard-fought 10-inning game against Platte/Geddes.  Neither team scored until Dell Rapids scored a run in the top of the fifth inning.  Dell Rapids then scored three more in the top of the sixth for a 4-0 lead.  Platte/Geddes answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3.  Platte/Geddes would tie the game in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.  Dell Rapids was able to score two times in the top of the 10th and held on for a 6-4 win.

In the second game of the tournament, Dell Rapids again had to play extra innings.  This time it was against Vermillion.  Vermillion scored in the bottom of the first inning for an early 1-0 lead.  Dell Rapids tied the game in the top of the third.  Dell Rapids would get the lead in the top of the fifth.  Vermillion, however, would score the game-tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game 2-2.  Neither team scored in the eighth inning.  Vermillion got the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a steal of home win with the game 3-2.

The loss to Vermillion force Dell Rapids into an elimination game against McCook/Miner on Sunday, July 23rd.  McCook/Miner put the pressure on early scoring five times in the top of the first inning for an early 5-0 lead.  They added two more runs in the top of the sixth.  Dell Rapids was able to score three times to cut the lead to 7-3.  Both teams scored one run in the seventh inning, and McCook/Miner advanced with an 8-4 win over Dell Rapids.

Dell Rapids finished their season with a 20-4 overall record.

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Dell Rapids Legion Headed to State

The Dell Rapids Legion baseball team is headed to the 2017 Class B State Tournament in Winner on Friday, July 21st, through Tuesday, July 25th.  Dell Rapids claimed the District 2B title on Saturday, July 15th, in Volga.

Dell Rapids started the District 2B tournament with a 10-0 win over Madison on Tuesday, July 11th.  Dell Rapids scored seven runs in the third inning, two more in the fourth, and a run in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule.  Brett Mogen, Casey Hansen, Elijah Story, Carter Gullickson, and Seth Anderson all had hits in the game.  Gullickson finished with three RBIs, Story had two RBIs, and Anderson also drove home a run.  Mogen pitched four innings giving up just two hits while striking out six batters.  Gullickson worked one inning giving up one walk and struck out one batter.

Dell Rapids then defeated Volga 15-4 on Wednesday, July 12th, in the semifinals of the district tournament.  The game was tied 2-2 after two complete innings, and Dell Rapids led 4-3 after the third inning.  Dell Rapids, however, would score 11 times in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away for the win.  Eight Dell Rapids hitters collected hits in the game.  Nate McKee, Mogen, and Gullickson had two hits each.  Mogen and Gullickson drove in four runs each, while McKee added three RBIs.  Josh Roemen pitched a complete game giving up four runs, two earned, on nine hits while walking two batters and striking out seven.

Dell Rapids defeated Volga for a second time, this time in the championship game on Saturday, July 15th.  Dell Rapids used a seven-run second inning to propel them to a 9-4 victory and secure their spot in the state tournament.  Volga cut the lead to 7-4 after their half of the fourth inning, but Dell Rapids scored two times in the fifth inning to pull away for the win.  Roemen collected three hits for Dell Rapids, while Eric Klein, Miller, and Hansen each had two hits.  Klein also finished with two RBIs in the game.  Mogen pitched all seven innings for the win and collected 14 strikeouts in the game.

Dell Rapids will now head to Winner for the State B Tournament.  They will face Platte/Geddes (District 4B Champ) on Friday, July 21st, at 5:00 p.m. in the opening round of the tournament.

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Back Row (from left) – Bruce Mogen, Brett Mogen, Eric Klein, Eddie Price, Tyson Dahler, Ethan Brobjorg, Keegan Miller, Elijah Story, Adrian Juba, Greg Gullickson

Front Row (from left) – Logan Ruesink, Casey Hansen, Nate McKee, Carter Gullickson, Seth Andersen, Jay Holm, Josh Roemen, Lealand Randel, Dan Miller

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Dell Rapids Legion Baseball Goes 5-1 in 5 Day Stretch

DellsBaseballLogoThe Dell Rapids Legion baseball team played six games in a five day stretch and finished with a 5-1 record over that time.  The six games included a home game against Hartford/Humboldt, and away game at McCook/Montrose, and then four games at the Milt Simons Tournament at Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls.

Dell Rapids started the string of games with a 13-3 win over Hartford/Humboldt at Rickeman Field on Wednesday, June 28th.  Prior to the game, the team hosted the first ever “Veteran’s Day at the Ballpark”.  On the next night, Dell Rapids traveled to McCook/Montrose and earned a 7-3 victory.  The win ended a 15-game winning streak for McCook/Montrose.

Dell Rapids then took their 12-0 record to Sioux Falls for the Milt Simons Tournament on Friday, June 30th, through Sunday, July 2nd.  Dell Rapids picked up a 2-0 win on Friday in the opening round of pool play against Sioux Falls Post 15 West.  They followed that with another pool-play win against Winner/Colome by a score of 6-1 on Saturday.  Dell Rapids also won their third pool play game to finish with a 3-0 record.  The final win came against Aberdeen by a score of 19-12 on Saturday.  The 3-0 pool play record put Dell Rapids into the semifinals on Sunday morning.  West Central handed Dell Rapids their first loss of the season by a score of 6-3.

Dell Rapids (14-1) will host Tabor in a double-header on Monday, July 3rd, at Rickeman Field.

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Dell Rapids Legion Baseball Team Hosts Veteran’s Night at the Ballpark

VeteransNightatBallpark_2017The Dell Rapids Legion baseball team hosted the first ever Veteran’s Night at the Ballpark prior to their game against Hartford/Humboldt on Wednesday, June 28th, at Rickeman Field in Dell Rapids.

“Tonight is a special night as we honor our veterans with our first Veteran’s Night at the Ballpark,” said Dane Stone.

Prior to the game, veterans were treated to a free meal of hamburgers or brats.  There was also a table of veteran resources available provided by 211 Helpline Center.  Steve Enos from Community Action for Veterans was also present and shared with the veterans.  The veterans were then honored with a short program prior to the start of the game and received free admission to the game.

Dell Rapids went on to defeat Hartford/Humboldt 13-3.

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Dell Rapids Legion Moves to 9-0

DellsBaseballLogoThe Dell Rapids Legion baseball team is enjoying a great start to their season.  Dell Rapids now is 9-0 on the year after a 6-2 win at Aurora on Thursday, June 22nd.

Dell Rapids scored three times in the top of the first inning highlighted by a triple by Brett Mogen.  Aurora got one run back in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 3-1 after the first inning.  Aurora scored a second run in the bottom of the third to close the gap to 3-2.  Dell Rapids then scored a run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings for the win.

Nate McKee picked up two hits for Dell Rapids in the game.  Casey Hansen, Mogen, Elijah Story, and Adrian Juba all had a hit.  Mogen had two RBIs, and Story and Seth Andersen each had an RBI.

Mogen pitched the complete game giving up two runs, both unearned, on three hits while striking out 13 batters in the game.

Dell Rapids will host Hartford/Humboldt on Wednesday, June 28th.  Prior to the game will be “Veteran’s Night at the Ballpark”.

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Dell Rapids Legion Baseball Remains Undefeated

DellsBaseballLogoAfter trailing 4-2 in the second inning, the Dell Rapids Legion baseball team scored the final 12 runs of the game to earn a 14-4 win over Madison on Monday, June 19th, to move to 7-0 on the season.

Both teams scored a run in the first, but Madison struck for three runs in the second inning take take a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.  Dell Rapids scored one run in the second to cut the lead to 4-2.  Dell Rapids then scored three runs in the third, three more runs in the fifth, and then six runs in the sixth inning to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Nate McKee and Brett Mogen both finished the game 3-3 at the plate with an RBI.  Eric Klein had two doubles in the game and drove in four runs.  Matt Gillogly had a three-run home run, his second home run of the season.  Josh Roemen, Keegan Miller, Ethan Brobjorg, and Carter Gullickson all had hits in the game as well.

Elijah Story started the game on the mound for Dell Rapids.  Story pitched two innings giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits while walking two and striking out one.  Gullickson pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while only giving up one hit and striking out four batters.  Mogen pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up just one hit and struck out one batter.

Dell Rapids will host Lennox on Wednesday, June 21st, and then travel to Aurora on Thursday, June 22nd.

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