PBR and Mudcats Headed to State Amateur Tournament

PBRLogoDell Rapids PBR and Dell Rapids Mudcats are both headed to the 2017 State B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Mitchell August 2nd through 13th.  Dell Rapids PBR earned the final spot from District 4B with an 8-6 win over Colman on Saturday, July 30th.  Dell Rapids Mudcats claimed the District 4B title with a 13-12 win over Madison.

PBR took an early 4-o lead over Colman after the first two innings of play, but the Colman A’s scored five times in the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead.  PBR, however, answered with three runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good on their way to the 8-6 win.

The Mudcats won in a three-run ninth inning in a high-scoring back-and-forth game against Madison.  The Mudcats had an early MudcatsLogo5-2 lead after the first two innings.  Madison tied the game in the fourth inning at 5-5, and then held a 7-6 lead after five innings of play.  Both teams scored in the sixth inning and the game was tied 9-9.  Madison took the lead in the top of the eighth, but the Mudcats answered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 10-10.  Madison’s Matt Burpee hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give Madison a 12-10 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.  The Mudcats loaded the bases, and Grant Olson drove in two runs with a double to tie the game.  Jimmy Bauer had the game-winning RBI single to give the Mudcats the win.

Dell Rapids PBR will kick off the state tournament against Winner/Colome on Wednesday, August 2nd, at 5:30 p.m.  The Mudcats will play on Saturday, August 5th, at 1:00 p.m. against Dimock/Emery.

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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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Mudcats Beat PBR at ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats beat Dell Rapids PBR 7-3 at the annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” night at Rickeman Field on Friday, June 23rd.  The annual game between the two Dell Rapids amateur teams kicks off the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce Quarry Days celebration.

The Mudcats scored first on an RBI double by Nate Henry to score Jimmy Bauer.  Henry later scored on a wild pitch to give the Mudcats a 2-0 lead they wouldn’t lose.  The Mudcats scored three more times to lead 5-0 after four innings.  PBR got on the board when Ryan Geraets scored on an error.  PBR was able to cut the lead to 5-2 after the top of the fifth inning.  Mark Houck hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 7-2.  Beau Behrend had an RBI single for PBR in the top of the ninth. PBRLogo

Colin Karst earned the win for the Mudcats pitching all nine innings.  Karst gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out four.  Houck was 2-3 in the game with the home run and two runs scored.  Jared Hegdahl had an RBI hit as well in the game for the Mudcats.  Zane Schumacher went 2-4 for PBR.

The Mudcats travel to Madison on Tuesday, June 27th.  Dell Rapids PBR will play Flandreau on Sunday, June 25th and then Salem on Wednesday, June 28th.

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Mudcats Win Cornbelt Opener

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats opened up the Cornbelt League season with a 3-2 win over Flandreau on Thursday, May 18th, at Rickeman Field in Dell Rapids.

Flandreau scored the first two runs of the game.  The first run came in the first inning on a throwing error.  Flandreau added to their lead at 2-0 after an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning.  The Mudcats got on the board after a Chad Hunt RBI sacrifice fly.  Aaron Johnson drove home the next two runs on a single to give Dell Rapids the lead.

Colin Karst started the game for the Mudcats, giving up two runs, but just one of them earned.  Nate Alfson pitched four innings in relief allowing just one hit while striking out seven.  Jimmy Bauer had two hits, including a double.

The Mudcats are scheduled to host the Sioux Falls Squirrels, but the Dell Rapids High School baseball team will be hosting the Region 2B “Super Regional” tournament games on Tuesday.  The Mudcats will host Renner on Thursday, May 25th.  The next Cornbelt League game for Dell Rapids is on Thursday, June 1st, in Humboldt.

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Mudcats Advance, PBR Season Ends at State B Tournament

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats advanced to the next round of the 2016 State B Amateur baseball tournament with a 3-1 win over Dimock-Emery on Sunday, August 7th, in Mitchell.

The Mudcats scored their first run in the second inning, and then neither team scored until the seventh inning.  The Mudcats scored another run in the seventh when Travis Peters singled to score Kris King.  Dimock-Emery was able to push across a run in the eighth, but the Mudcats answered in the bottom half of the inning for the 3-1 win.  Jared Donahue pitched a complete game for the Mudcats giving up just the one run on six hits while striking out twelve.

Dell Rapids PBR, meanwhile, saw their season come to an end on Monday, August 8th, in a 7-1 loss to the Garretson Blue Jays.  Garretson score two runs to in the top half of the first inning, and then added five more in the top of the third.  Cody Collier drove in the lone PBR run and also had two hits.  Brian Miller collected two hits, and Matt Burpee and Preston Davis each had a hit.

The Mudcats will play the Parkston Mudcats on Thursday, August 11th, at 6:00 p.m.

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Dell Rapids Mudcats and PBR Advance in State Tournament

Both the Dell Rapids Mudcats and Dell Rapids PBR baseball teams advanced to the second round of the 2016 State B Amateur baseball tournament in Mitchell by scoring enough runs in the first winning for their wins.

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats played the second game of the tournament on Wednesday, August 3rd, against Menno.  The Mudcats earned a 2-0 win.  The Mudcats scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Jimmy Bauer scored on a wild pitch.  The second run for Dell Rapids didn’t come until the sixth inning when Nate Henry drove home Travis Peters on a two-out RBI single.  Mudcat starting pitcher Drew Sweeter pitched 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball scattering four hits while striking out seven to earn the win.  The Mudcats will play Dimock-Emery on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Dell Rapids PBR picked up a 4-2 win over Larchwood in their opening round game on Thursday, August 4th.  PBRLogoThe first inning saw the majority of the scoring.  Larchwood started off the game scoring two runs in the top of the first.  PBR, however, answered with three runs in the bottom half of the first inning.  Dell Rapids would pick up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Cody Collier singled to center to score Weston Hansen.  Brett Mogen earned the win for PBR pitching six innings giving up two runs while striking out four.  Garrison Collier pitched the final three innings for the save.  PBR will play Garretson on Monday at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Jr Mudcats Finish 3rd at 10U State Tournament

The Dell Rapids Jr Mudcats (10U) placed third at the 10U State VFW Tournament on Friday, July 15th, through Sunday, July 16th, in Humboldt.

Dell Rapids started the tournament with a win over the Madison Bulldogs on Friday night.  Dell Rapids scored the first run of the game in the second inning.  Madison answered with a run in the fourth inning, but Dell Rapids scored three times in the fifth inning.  Madison scored another run in the sixth inning, but Dell Rapids hung on for the 4-2 win.

The Mudcats then faced West Central on Saturday morning.  Dell Rapids scored the first run of the game in the second inning on a bases-loaded RBI walk.  The Mudcats added another run in the fifth inning.  West Central scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.  Dell Rapids scored two times in the top of the sixth inning, but West Central scored three times for the 5-4 win over the Mudcats.

Dell Rapids rallied later in the day with a win against Dakota Valley 8-6.  Dakota Valley led Dell Rapids 5-2 after the first inning.  The Mudcats, however, scored six unanswered runs in the game to take the lead 8-5, allowing only one more run to Dakota Valley for the win.  Dell Rapids finished pool play with a 2-1 record and the number one seed.

The Mudcats faced Vermillion on Sunday in the championship bracket.  Vermillion took an early 4-0 lead after the first two innings, but Dell Rapids would cut the lead in half on a two-run triple in the fourth inning to make the game 4-2.  The Mudcats would rally in the sixth by adding another run to cut the lead to 4-3, but the rally fell short as Vermillion hung on for the win.

In the final game of the tournament, Dell Rapids played against Lennox.  The Mudcats scored four times in the bottom of the first inning for an early 4-0 lead.  Lennox answered with a run in the top of the second and another run in the top of the third to cut the Dell Rapids lead to 4-2.  The Mudcats were able to add another run in the bottom of the third and hung on for a 5-2 win to finished the tournament in 3rd place.

Riley Schultz finished the tournament 4-11 from the plate with five RBIs, Lincoln Fersdahl went 5-11 with six runs scored, and Tad Tjaden had eight innings pitched giving up just one run while striking out 15 batters. Tjaden had one win and two saves for the tournament.
Mudcats 3rd Place

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Mudcats Beat PBR at Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Dell Rapids Mudcats defeated Dell Rapids PBR during the annual “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Friday, June 24th at Rickeman Field.  The game was one of the events that kicked off the Quarry Days weekend in Dell Rapids.

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The Mudcats got on the board in the first inning after Aaron Johnson drove home Jimmy Bauer.  Bauer then drove in the next Mudcat run in the second inning with an RBI single driving in Colin Karst.  Nate Henry hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 4-0.  The Mudcats would add two more runs in the seventh and went on to win 6-0.

Karst earned the win pitching seven innings of shut out baseball.  Karst only gave up two hits in his seven innings while striking out five batters.  Bauer and Johnson each had three hits.  Henry had two hits, and Grant Olson, Mark Houck, and Karst each had one hit.  Bo Behrend, Kevin Krull, and Zane Schumacher had hits for PBR.  Preston Davis took the loss.

The Mudcats earned another win over the weekend by defeating Humboldt 8-0 on Sunday, June 26th.  The Mudcats are currently in second place in the Cornbelt League standings with a 7-2 league record.  PBR dropped another game on Sunday, losing 7-1 to Canova.  PBR is still looking for its first league win.

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Dell Rapids Mudcats Heading Back to State

MudcatsLogoA four-run seventh inning lifted the Dell Rapids Mudcats over the Madison Broncos 4-3 at the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Flandreau on Thursday, July 30th.  The win qualified the Mudcats for the State B Tournament in Mitchell August 5-15.

Madison jumped on Matt Wilbur and the Mudcats right away in the first inning.  The Broncos scored three times on four hits and two Mudcat errors.  Madison would leave the bases loaded, but took an early 3-0 lead.  The Mudcats struggled to find their offense as they were only able to get two total hits through the first six innings.

Madison, meanwhile, threatened to add to their lead in just about every inning.  The Broncos had at least one hit in every inning through the first six innings, but were unable to push across any more runs.  The momentum seemed to shift Dell Rapids way in the top of the sixth inning.  Madison had three hits in the inning, but had a runner thrown out at home, and they again left the bases loaded.

The Mudcats finally got to Brandon Burg in the seventh inning.  Joe Lewellen reached on a one-out single.  Jimmy Bauer hit a two-out double to put runners on second and third.  Travis Peters drove in the Mudcats’ first run with an RBI single.  Kris King drew a walk, and the Mudcats had the bases loaded with two outs.  Madison made a pitching change bringing in Chris Brozik to face Nate Henry.  Henry drove a double off the base of the wall to drive in three runs to give Dell Rapids a 4-3 lead.

Wilbur got through the final two innings to get the complete-game win and send Dell Rapids to the state tournament. Wilbur gave up three runs, two earned, on 11 hits while striking out 10 and walking four.  He was able to pitch Dell Rapids through a rough night in the field as the Mudcats committed five errors.

Henry finished 1-3 with a double and three RBI.  Peters was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Bauer, King and Lewellen also collected hits for Dell Rapids.

The Mudcats will enter the state tournament as the District 4B #2 rep.  Pairings for the state tournament will be released after the conclusion of all the district tournaments.

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Dell Rapids Mudcats Reach Semifinals

MudcatsLogoThe Dell Rapids Mudcats opened up the District 4B Amateur Baseball Tournament in Flandreau with a 4-1 win over Hartford/Humboldt.  10 total hits and three RBIs by 2nd baseman Nate Henry was all the run-support starting pitcher Jared Donahue needed to pick up his third win against H/H.  Donahue gave up one run on three hits while fanning 15.

“He pitched real well for us today,” said Manager Jim Wilber. “It was real important to get this first win, and Jared did that.  The lineup he faced was a very tough line-up and they hit the ball very well.  Jared was great.”

The last time these two teams met, H/H scored 11 runs, however this time they were only able squeeze out one run.

The Mudcats started the scoring early in the bottom of the 1st inning.  With one out Grant Olson doubled over the left fielders head.  Kris King moved Olson over on a error by the H/H right fielder’s dropped ball.  With runners on first and third, Henry drove in Olson on a fielders choice to second base.

The pitching duel continued as both teams made good plays out in the field, and both pitchers were able to locate the pitches they wanted.  In the fourth inning, Donahue gave up a run.  That would be the closest thing to a struggle for Donahue in the game.   H/H scored after Rob Lind worked a one-out walk, only Donahue’s second walk of the game.  After Danny Flahiee grounded out and moved Lind to second, H/H’s Cole Rockefellow reached on an error with two outs scoring Lind.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Mudcats put the only crooked number up on the scoreboard.  Jimmy Bauer led off the inning with his second single of the game.  Bauer stole second base.  Olson then popped up to short, which then brought up King.  King singled and drove in Bauer, which turned out to be the game-winning run.  Henry came to the plate and lined a base hit to right field.  When the throw to third came up wild, King was able to come home for another run.

The Mudcats added another run in the 7th when Henry drove in King again with a single after King singled and stole second base.

Donahue pitched a complete game with 15 strikeouts, only walking two. The run he gave up was unearned.

Bauer, King, Henry and Aaron Johnson each had two hits.  Olson and Colin Karst each had a double.

The Mudcats will play Tuesday, July 28th, at 8:00 p.m. in Flandreau.

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