The Dell Rapids Mudcats claimed the 2021 South Dakota Class B Amateur Baseball state title for the first time since 2008 with a 16-1 win over Flandreau in the title game on Sunday, August 15th at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. Prior to the title game, the Mudcats had a 7-1 win over Larchwood and a 6-0 win over Winner/Colome.
The Mudcats scored first in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Burpee, pickup player from Madison, reached on an error scoring Chad Hunt. Flandreau tied the game in the top of the second on a home run by Brett Severtson, but the game then belonged to the Mudcats.
Dell Rapids had a four-run bottom of the third inning. Josh Roemen had a two-run double. Trevor Freudenthal added an RBI single, and Dalton Lehnen had an RBI double to give the Mudcats a 5-1 lead. The Mudcats delivered the big blow in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hunt scored after Mark Abrahamson reached on a catcher’s interference call. Freudenthal added an RBI single, and then Lehnen hit a grand slam home run to push the lead to 11-1.
The Mudcats continued to pour on the runs. Abrahamson had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 14-1. The game ended in the bottom of the sixth inning on the 15-run rule after Ty Hoglund had an RBI ground out and Hunt had an RBI single.
Lehnen finished with three hits, including a home run and double, and five RBIs. Roemen had two hits, one a double, and two RBIs. Freudenthal also had two hits and two RBIs. Hunt had two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Abrahamson had a home run and four RBIs. Hoglund had a hit and an RBI, and Dalton Allen and Grant Olson both had a hit. Kris Regas pitched all six innings allowing one earned run on six hits with eight strikeouts.
Lehnen and Regas were named Co-MVPs of the tournament.
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