The Dell Rapids Mudcats have kept their 2022 season alive by winning two games at the 2022 South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association Class B Tournament in Mitchell. They defeated Northville in their first game 7-0 on Saturday, August 6th. The Mudcats then got an 8-6 win over Larchwood on Tuesday, August 9th.
Dell Rapids Mudcats 7, Northville 0
The Mudcats scored in four innings and held Northville to just two hits in their 7-0 opening round victory on Saturday. Neither team scored in the first inning, and the Mudcats broke the scoreless tie with a run in the top of the second. Weston Hanson reached on an error that scored Kris Regas.
Two more runs came home in the top of the third. Regas had an RBI ground out, and Trevor Freudenthal drew a bases loaded walk. The Mudcats got two more runs in the top of the fifth. Travis Peters had an RBI single, and Hanson had an RBI sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead. The score remained 5-0 until the top of the ninth. Frudenthal had an RBI double, and Logan Stone had an RBI ground out.
Freudenthal had two hits, one a double, and two RBIs. Chad Hunt also had two hits. Peters finished with a hit and an RBI. Grant Olson finished with a single. Regas, Hanson, and Stone all had one RBI. Dalton Allen pitched six innings and allowed one hit and three walks with five strikeouts. Dalton Lehnen pitched three innings and allowed one hit with seven strikeouts.
Dell Rapids Mudcats 8, Larchwood 6
The Mudcats scored the first seven runs of the game and then held off Larchwood as they scored the final five runs of the game. Dell Rapids advanced to the quarterfinals with an 8-6 win on Tuesday night.
Mark Abrahamson reached on an error that scored Ty Hoglund, and Hanson had an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. Abrahamson launched a three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning to push the lead to 5-0. Stone scored on a wild pitch, and Freudenthal had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-0 lead.
Larchwood got one run in the top of the sixth inning, and the Mudcats responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Lehnen had an RBI sacrifice fly scoring Hunt for an 8-1 score. Larchwood then put together a five-run rally. They scored four times in the top of the seventh inning and one more in the top of the eighth to make the score 8-6. Larchwood had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the ninth, but Lehnen struck out the next two batters to save the game.
Abrahamson finished with a home run and three RBIs. Hanson and Freudenthal both had a single and an RBI. Hoglund and Hunt each finished with a single. Lehnen added an RBI. Regas pitched seven innings and allowed five runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts. John Spaeth pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed an earned run on four hits with three strikeouts. Lehnen got the final two outs on strikeouts to earn the save.