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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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”.

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.

Dell Rapids Legion Opens Season with Two Wins

DellsBaseballLogoThe Dell Rapids Legion baseball team opened their 2017 season with two wins in Madison on Thursday, June 1st.  Dell Rapids won the first game 9-1.  They then beat Madison in the second game 14-2 in just five innings.

Dell Rapids scored two runs in the third inning, five in the fourth, and then two more in the sixth in the opening game win.  Carter Gullickson finished the game 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.  Josh Roemen was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Nate McKee and Brett Mogen also had hits.  McKee had three RBIs, and Mogen finished with two RBIs.  Mogen also earned the win in the first game throwing all seven innings giving up just one run on two hits while striking out 10 batters.

A six-run top of the fifth inning closed out the win in the second game.  Dell Rapids led 3-2 after the first inning.  They then scored three more runs in the second inning and two more in the third before the six-run fifth inning.  Lealand Randel was 2-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.  Mogen, Casey Hansen, Roemen, and Ethan Brobjorg all had hits.  Hansen and Mogen both finished with two RBIs.  McKee, Roemen, and Keegan Miller also had RBIs.  Elijah Story started the game for Dell Rapids giving up two runs on four hits while striking out two in three innings of work.

Dell Rapids (2-0) will play in Baltic on Monday, June 5th.