The Dell Rapids baseball team hosted Yankton in a double-header on Monday, April 26th at Rickeman Field. Dell Rapids won the first game 5-3, but Yankton used a big seventh-inning rally to win the second game 12-8.
Dell Rapids had five runs on eight hits in the game. They scored the first three runs of the game in the first two innings and never trailed in the game. Yankton tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but Dell Rapids got a run in the fifth and one more in the sixth inning.
Dell Rapids had six of their eight hits in the first game come from Austin Henry and Treyse Eastman. Both Henry and T. Eastman were 3-for-3 in the game. Henry had two home runs and two RBIs. T. Eastman also had two RBIs. Kaeden Eastman and Aiden Boechler each had a hit in the game.
A. Henry pitched the first four innings giving up two runs on two hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. Brayden Pankonen pitched the final three innings giving up one earned run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Yankton held an early 1-0 lead in the second game after scoring a run in the top of the second inning. Dell Rapids scored three times in the bottom of the second. Yankton got another run in the top of the third to trail 3-2. Dell Rapids then had a big five-run inning in the bottom of the fourth for an 8-2 lead. Yankton added a run in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-3. Things looked great for Dell Rapids leading 8-3 heading into the final inning, but Yankton exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh. They took advantage of four walks, a hit batter, and three Dell Rapids errors. Yankton added three hits in the inning as well and ended their half of the inning leading 12-8.
Pankonen had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs in the second game to lead Dell Rapids. Jack Henry had two hits, one a double, with two RBIs. K. Eastman also had two hits, one a double, with an RBI. T. Eastman had a double with three RBIs. Will Jaton also had a hit.
T. Eastman pitched six innings giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. CJ Smith pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up five runs on a walk. Jaton pitched the final 2/3 of an inning giving up two runs on a hit with two walks and a strikeout.
Dell Rapids (8-5 overall, 7-2 vs Class B, 5-0 vs Region 3B) will host Baltic on Friday, April 30th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media with first pitch at 5:30 p.m.