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.

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.

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.

Dell Rapids PBR Season Comes to an End

PBRLogoIn an elimination game on Saturday, July 25th, Dell Rapids PBR fell to Salem 12-0 in seven innings ending their 2015 season.  This is the second year in a row that Dell Rapids PBR has failed to qualify for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament.

Salem opened up the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, one of those runs coming on a steal of home.  The Cubs added another run in the second inning and had an early 3-0 lead.  Salem did not slow down as they added three more runs in the third.  The big blow came in the top of the 7th inning when Salem scored five times to push their lead to 12-0.

The Dell Rapids PBR offense could not get anything going throughout the game.  Salem kept PBR off the bases in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings retiring 15 PBR hitters in a row.

Dell Rapids PBR Drops Opening Game of Districts

PBRLogoFour errors by the Dell Rapids PBR defense and 15 hits by Lennox Only One proved to be too much for PBR to overcome in the opening round of the District 4B Amateur baseball tournament in Flandreau on Friday, July 24th.  Lennox defeated PBR 12-7.  PBR is just one loss away from not qualifying for the State B Amateur Baseball Tournament for the second year in a row.

Lennox got on the board early with an unearned run in the top half of the first inning.  Dell Rapids PBR answered back with two in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.  PBR added another run in the second inning to extend the lead to 3-1.  Lennox, however, tied the game up in the third inning with two runs.  It was the first of three innings in a row that Lennox would score two runs.  They added two runs in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead.

PBR pulled within three by scoring in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 7-4.  Lennox again would add a run in the seventh and another run in the eighth to extend their lead to 9-4.  PBR would not go away quietly as they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs.  PBR, however, left the based loaded, and the momentum shifted back to Lennox.  Lennox added three more runs in the top of the ninth for the win.

Kevin Krull picked up four hits for Dell Rapids PBR.  Cody Colliet and Drew Eldeen each had two RBIs.  Nate Alfson took the loss for PBR.  He struck out six in the game.  Jared Hegdahl earned the win for Lennox.

Dell Rapids PBR will play at 7:30 on Saturday, July 25th, in an elimination game.

Colman Wins District 4B Tournament

The Colman A’s defeated Dell Rapids PBR in the championship game of the District 4B Amateur Baseball tournament in Dell Rapids on Saturday, August 3rd, by a score of 8-7 in 11 innings.  Colman grabbed an early lead scoring six runs in the first inning and 1/3 off of PBR starter Kevin Krull.  Dell Rapids scored a run in the third inning, and then used a five-run sixth to tie the game.  Neither team would score again through the ninth inning.

Dell Rapids scored the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth on an RBI single by Travis Peters.  But with two outs and two strikes, Chris Meyers hit a bloop single into right field to drive in Austin Ross to tie the game at 7-7.  Colman would score the game-winning run on an RBI single by Aaron Entringer.

Peters was 3-5 for Dell Rapids with a double and two RBIs.  Dan Conrad went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI.  Blake Harms was 3-5 with two runs scored.  Scott LeBrun also had two hits for Dell Rapids.  Billy Stitz was 3-6 for Colman with a triple and an RBI.  Entringer finished 2-5 with three RBIs.  Adam Fritz also had two hits for Colman.

PBR starting pitcher Krull gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.  Dale Solberg pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief giving up no runs on three hits while striking out two and walking one.  Nate Alfson took the loss pitching 3 1/3 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking three.

Colman starting pitcher John Roesler pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits while striking out two and walking one.  Deon Entringer picked up the win pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six and walking one.

Deon Entringer was named the tournament MVP.
Garrett Gassman of Canova was named the batting champion going 10-14 (.714) in the tournament.