Austin Henry put together a dominate pitching performance against Sioux Falls Christian on Monday, May 3rd at Rickeman Field. A. Henry threw six shutout innings allowing just one hit and four walks while striking out 16 batters.
The first inning offense was more than enough. A. Henry helped himself with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Kaeden Eastman added an RBI sacrifice fly, and A. Henry later scored after Jack Henry got into a rundown between first and second base. Dell Rapids led 3-0 after the first inning.
Dell Rapids added another run in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Brayden Pankonen. The score remained 4-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Dylan Mathis scored a run on an error. Braden Fersdahl scored on an RBI groundout by Treyse Eastman, and Pankonen had another RBI single to push the lead to 7-0. Pankonen pitched the bottom of the seventh inning, striking out one batter, to finish the game.
Pankonen was 3-4 in the game two two RBIs. T. Eastman had two hits, including a double, with an RBI. A. Henry and K. Eastman both had a hit and RBI. Josh DeKnikker, J. Henry, and CJ Smith all had a hit as well.
Dell Rapids (10-5) will travel to Vermillion on Friday, May 7th.