Dell Rapids finished 2-2 and in third place in the age 13/14 South Dakota VFW Region 4A tournament held in Madison this week. Eight teams competed for two spots in the State VFW Tournament to be held in Humboldt July 27-29. Madison and Big Stone City/Ortonville qualified for the state tournament.
Big Stone City/Ortonville 4, Dell Rapids 3
BSC/Ortonville scored the winning run with two outs in the final inning after Dell Rapids had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead. The loss eliminated Dell Rapids from the tournament and awarded BSC/Ortonville a spot in the state tournament.
Trey Randel pitched the first four innings for Dell Rapids and held BSC/Ortonville to two unearned runs on four hits and two strike-outs. Brett Mogen relieved Randel in the fifth with runners at first and second and no outs. Catcher Joel Brust had a hand in all three outs by starting two pick-off plays and catching a pop-up to end the threat. Mogen pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up three hits and two unearned runs. Ty Hoglund recorded the final out of the seventh inning.
Dell Rapids scored one run in the fourth when Hoglund singled, stole second, reached third on a sacrifice fly and scored on a passed ball. Dell Rapids took its first lead of the game 3-2 in the sixth. Hoglund singled, stole second, and scored on Casey Hansen’s single. With two outs Seth Andersen singled home Hansen for the go-ahead run.
Dell Rapids was unable to hold the lead. Mogen recorded two outs on strike-outs but a single, stolen base and error put the tying run on third. BSC/Ortonville capitalized on another error and tied the game. Two more singles gave them the win and state tournament bid.
Madison 14’s 11, Dell Rapids 2
Hunter Jamison pitched a complete game for Madison and held Dell Rapids to five hits.
Mogen singled and doubled. Trevor Pulscher had two singles. Hoglund added a single.
Mogen took the loss with 3 1/3 innings giving up five hits and three runs. Hoglund pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief. He allowed five hits and four runs while striking out five. Casey Hansen pitched the final inning.
The win by Madison put them into the championship game and into the state tournament.
Dell Rapids 14, Castlewood 0
Tanner Heim pitched a one-hit seven inning game for Dell Rapids to gain a win in the second round.
Heim’s bid for a no-hitter was broken up with a single in the seventh inning. He struck out 12 and walked five.
Nine players contributed to the Dell Rapids 11-hit attack. Heim tripled and singled. Mogen singled twice. Hoglund, Hansen, Brust, Trevor Pulscher, Eric Klein, Nick Hoffman and Randel all added hits.
Dell Rapids 7, Gary/Canby 3
Four runs in the first two innings gave Dell Rapids the lead and pushed them to a 7-3 first round win over Gary/Canby.
Hoglund led the offense with a double, single and two stolen bases. Mogen, Brust, Randel, Pulscher and Hunter Hansen each added a hit.
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