Their only game on Saturday, April 17th was against Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central, and they earned an 8-2 victory. Dell Rapids scored two runs in the top of the first and held a 6-0 lead after they were done batting in the top of the fourth inning. W/WS/SC scored two in the bottom of the fourth, but Dell Rapids got a run in the fifth and seventh inning to secure the victory.
Aiden Boechler had a double and two RBIs. Brayden Pankonen had a hit and two RBIs. Kaeden Eastman finished with a double and an RBI. Brady Larson had a hit and an RBI. Landon Ruesink, Will Jaton, and Treyse Eastman all had a hit in the game. Jack Henry pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two and striking out seven. Larson pitched the final two innings giving up just one hit while striking out six batters.
The second game of the weekend was against Hamlin on Sunday, April 18th. Hamlin survived an exciting Dell Rapids comeback to earn a 9-5 win in extra innings.
Hamlin scored a run right away in the top of the first inning, but Dell Rapids responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 2-1 lead. Hamlin took advantage of a walk, hit batter, and two errors by Dell Rapids in the top of third inning and scored four runs for a 5-2 lead. Dell Rapids added a run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3. Dell Rapids scored two times with two outs on a fielding error in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game 5-5 and force extra innings. Hamlin scored four times in the top of the ninth inning on two hits and two errors by Dell Rapids and held on for the 9-5 win.
Austin Henry had the only RBI for Dell Rapids in the game. Ruesink, Pankonen, Jaton, Larson, Boechler, and J. Henry each had a hit. CJ Smith pitched three innings giving up five runs, two earned, on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. T. Eastman pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up four runs, one earned, on four hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts. Ruesink pitched the final 1/3 of an inning earning a strikeout.
Dell Rapids bounced back in their next game and defeated Madison 8-4 on Sunday.
Dell Rapids scored two in the top of the first inning only to see Madison score three in the bottom of the first for a 3-2 lead. Dell Rapids then shut down the Madison offense until the sixth inning. Dell Rapids added two more runs in the top of the second, one in the top of the third, and another in the top of the six for a 6-3 lead. Madison scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 6-4, but Dell Rapids scored two more times in the top of the seventh for the win.
T. Eastman finished with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs in the game. Boechler and A. Henry both had two hits and an RBI. K. Eastman and CJ Smith both had a hit with an RBI. Ruesink collected two hits, and J. Henry added a double. Pankonen pitched five innings giving up three earned runs on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts. A. Henry pitched the final two innings giving up an unearned run on no hits while walking two and striking out six batters.
Dell Rapids (5-4) will travel to Garretson on Friday, April 23rd.