A ninth-inning rally by the Dell Rapids Mudcats fell just short as the Larchwood Diamonds snapped the Mudcat winning streak with a 10-9 win on Tuesday, June 22nd.
Larchwood scored two times in the top of the second inning, while the Mudcats plated one run. The same scenario played out in the third inning, and the Diamonds took a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning.
Neither team scored in the fourth, but the Mudcats took the lead in the bottom of the third with three runs. The Diamonds regained the lead again in the top of the sixth inning with two runs. Both teams had a big eighth inning scoring four times each. Larchwood led 10-9 heading into the ninth inning.
Dell Rapids was able to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but a line drive off the bat of Grant Olson was caught at third base for the final out of the game, leaving the tying run just ninety feet away.
Trevor Freudenthal had two hits and two RBIs in the game. Dalton Allen had two hits. Chad Hunt had a double and RBI. Mark Abrahamson and Kris Regas both had doubles. Josh Roemen, Dalton Lehnen, and Jimmy Bauer all had singles.
Abrahamson pitched six innings, allowing six runs and five hits with six strikeouts. Roemen pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts. John Spaeth pitched two innings with four runs and three hits. Trevor Reinke went the distance as the winning pitcher for Larchwood.