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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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 Ace Hardware Softball 2nd at IYSA Tournament

The 14U/16U Dell Rapids Ace Hardware softball team placed second in the Interlakes Youth Softball Association tournament held July 18th through July 20th.  On Tuesday, July 18th, Ace Hardware defeated Volga 13-1 and Watertown 7-6.  On Wednesday, July 19th, Ace Hardware lost to Madison Rage in the semi-finals of the tournament.  They then went on to defeat Brookings in the loser bracket 14-0 to make it to the championship game.  The championship game was played on Thursday, July 20th.  Ace Hardware was defeated by Madison Rage 5-7 for a second place over all finish.


Back Row L to R: Head Coach Ashley Currey, Assistant Coach Connie Currey, Cassie Geraets, Hannah Sims, Ellie Schultz, Assistant coach Jess Schultz, Sydney Johnson, Zoe Mortrude, Assistant Coach Matt Brue

Front Row L to R:  Sam Price, Hannah Heiberger, Jordan Eining, Zoey Curl, Olivia Stelzer

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Dell Rapids 10U Softball 3rd at State Tournament

​​The Dell Rapids 10U softball team took third place in the C division at the State Softball Tournament held in Sioux Falls Friday, July 14th, through Sunday, July 16th.  There were a total of 17 teams that played in the C division.

On Friday Dell Rapids defeated Yankton 12-6 and Brookings Blast 15-3.  On Saturday Dell Rapids defeated Brookings Blue 10-9 to put them in the semifinal game on Sunday.   Dell Rapids was then defeated by Dakota Valley 14-3 in the semifinal game on Sunday.  In the championship game of the losers bracket, Dell Rapids lost 13-5 to Lennox for a third place overall finish.

10U State third place 2017

Back row L to R:  Head Coach Melissa Hanson, Assistant Coach Matt Hanson, and Assistant Coach Robert O’Meara.
Middle Row L to R: Makaylah O’Meara, Aubrey Hubers, Addison Van’t Hof, Avery Destigter
Front Row L to R: Katie Kvigne, Madala Hanson, Paige Trewin, Rylee Bird, Kayleigh Gilette

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Softball Clinic to Benefit Daily Bread Food Pantry

By:  Steph Bittner

Growing up in a small town is quite often taken for granted!   As young children we grow up thinking how annoying it is that our parents know everyone, and everyone knows who we are, but as we get older, we realize how wonderful our small town is.  This really hit home this past year for a group of softball players I coach.  We participated in a tournament in Brookings where two younger Dell Rapids teams were also playing.  As my team played their first game on Sunday, all the girls noticed the younger Dells teams watching them play!  The younger girls were cheering for them, and knew most of their names.  My players, seeing all the young talent and excitement for softball, decided they wanted to do something to give back to these young players.   We decided to team up with the Daily Bread Food Panty and help their “still new” Back to School Program!  Last year, they supplied 51 local kids with all the school supplies they needed.  The girls feel this is a great cause and would like to help!

A softball clinic will be held Tuesday, July 25th, with registration beginning at 6:00 pm and clinic from 6:30-8:00 pm.  The clinic is for all girls who play softball from U6-U12 age groups.  It will be held on Fields A and B at Dell Rapids City Park.  The “cost” for the clinic is two donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Back to School Program.  Feel free to donate anything on the school supply list for all ages!

If you have any questions or would like to help with the clinic, feel free to call or text Steph Bittner (605) 212-5946, Ryan Rinehart (605) 951-1211, or Amber Fountain (605) 359-4530.


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Dell Rapids 14U Softball 2nd in League Tournament

The weekend of July 7th, Sioux Empire Fast Pitch Softball Association held their annual league tournament. The girls played through a long, hot weekend, and Dell Rapids took 2nd place in the U14 division. Kylie Bittner led Dell Rapids with 24 strikeouts in 12 innings of pitching.  Autumn Tomes added five strikeouts in four innings of work.  The top batting averages for the weekend were Kylie Bittner with .750, Kenzie Garry with .727, Haileigh Barnhart with .636, Makayla Duinkerken with .538, and Cara Rice, Leigh Lacey, and Audi Uriqujo with .545.


Top row (left to right): Coach Ryan Rinehart, Coach Amber Fountain, Kenzie Garry, Mallory Krempkes, Rylee Rinehart, Autumn Tomes, and Coach Steph Bittner
Bottom row (left to right): Leigh Lacey, Cara Rice, Audi Uriqujo, Haileigh Barnhart, Makayla Duinkerken, and Kylie Bittner

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Dell Rapids 14U Softball Wins Tony Tournament

On Sunday, June 25th, the Dell Rapids 14U softball team traveled to Lake Benton for the 7th Annual Tony Tournament.  The tournament for U14 was set up as a true round robin tournament.  Dell Rapids played a series of three games.  The tournament was compiled of wins, losses, and points scored.   At the end of the rainy day, Dell Rapids took first place!  Kylie Bittner lead the team in pitching with 17 strikeouts and only one walk in the tournament.  Top batting averages were Makayla Duinkerken and Bittner with an .833 average.  Kenize Garry, Cora Alderson, and Autumn Tomes all had an .800 average, and Leigha Lacey finished with a .667 batting average. Tony Awards were given to one girl each game for the following:  Garry for her outstanding skills at 1st base, Autumn Tomes for her two triples she hit in one game, and Lacey for some great plays she made playing catcher.


Top row (left to right): Kylie Bittner, Mallory Krempges, Leigha Lacey, Rylee Rinehart, Autumn Tomes, Cora Alderson, Kenzie Garry
Bottom row (left to right): Haileigh Barnhart, Audi Urquijo, Makayla Duinkerken, and Cara Rice.

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Dell Rapids 14U Softball 2nd in Last Two Tournaments

The past two weekends have been very busy for the U14 DR Quarriers softball team. They played in the Denny Sanford Memorial Day Tournament the weekend of June 2nd in Sioux Falls, and took 2nd place! They also played in the Brookings Softball Tournament on June 9th weekend and took 2nd place. Kylie Bittner led the team with pitching a total of 370 pitches over the weekends. She pitched a total of 288 stikes, and 82 balls; she struck out 25 batters and walked six. The MVP’s picked by the opposing teams were Kylie Bittner (for her pitching), Haileigh Barnhart (for her amazing diving catch in left field), and Leigha Lacey (for her outstanding catcher abilities) in the Denny Sanford Tourney. The MVP’s from the Brookings tournament were Cara Rice (for her awesome team spirit), Leigha Lacey (for her hustle at catcher), Kenzie Garry (for her long stride at 1st base), Autumn Tomes (for her glove playing 3rd base), and Kylie Bittner (for her pitching).

The DR Quarriers bats were on fire these weekends! The leaders were Kenzie Garry and Kylie Bittner with a .818 batting average on the weekends. Leigha Lacey, Autum Tomes, and Cora Alderson had a .727 batting averages; Cara Rice had a .636 batting average!


Top Row: (left to right) Coach Ryan Rinehart, Coach Steph Bittner, Rylee Rinehart, Mallory Krempges, Cora Alderson, Kenzie Garry, Cara Rice, and Coach Amber Fountain.
Bottom Row: (left to right) Autumn Tomes, Makayla Duinkerken, Audi Urquijo, Leigha Lacey, Haileigh Barnhart, and Kylie Bittner.

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12U Softball First in Brookings, 10U Places 3rd

The Dells Electric 12U fast pitch team and the Dell Rapids 10U team played in a tournament in Brookings on Saturday, June 10th, and Sunday, June 11th.  The Dells Electric team won the 12U tournament while the Dell Rapids 10U team placed third in their tournament.

Dells Electric played four straight games in pool play on Saturday. In the opening game, Brookings Red defeated Dells Electric 11-10.  Dells Electric bounced back in the second game defeating Brookings Blue 14-5.  Dells Electric earned another victory in their third game by defeating Jackson, MN 22-15.  In the final game of the day, Tea defeated Dells Electric 8-2.  Dells Electric finished pool play with a 2-2 record and were the number three seed in bracket play on Sunday.

For the first game of bracket play on Sunday, Dells Electric was matched up again with Tea.  This time Dells Electric got the win 8-2 moving them into the championship game against Brookings Red.  Dells Electric found themselves trailing 6-0 heading into the second inning.  They were able to close the game to 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning and then scored three more runs for the 8-6 come-from-behind win in the championship game for the title.

The Dell Rapids 10U team also played in games on Saturday and Sunday.  Dell Rapids split their pool play games on Saturday.  They defeated Brookings Black 15-1, but lost to Brookings White 11-10.  The final pool play game for Dell Rapids was on Sunday, and they defeated Jackson, MN 15-4 to finish 2-1 in pool play.  Dell Rapids won their quarterfinal game against Brookings Blue 13-2.  Brookings Red handed Dell Rapids an 8-5 loss sending Dell Rapids to the 3rd/4th place game.  In that game, Dell Rapids defeated Brookings Black for the second time in the tournament, this time 13-7 for third place.

SONY DSCDells Electric 12 Championship Team – Front row:  Maya Heinitz, Liz Price, Aubrey Hansen, Ashlynn Trewin, Alessandra Swartwout
Back Row:  Head Coach Molly Scherff, Manager Alexyss La Deaux, Emma Molkness, Maya Lee, Shay Hatting, Katie Scherff, Madison Carpenter, Assistant Coach Bart Swartwout



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