In a typical Cornbelt League season, the Dell Rapids Mudcats and Dell Rapids PBR teams would play against each other two times, with one of those games being the Friday night before the Dell Rapid Chamber’s Quarry Day celebration. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things are a bit different this year. Quarry Days was moved to August, and the Cornbelt League had a slightly abbreviated season this year resulting in only one game against PBR and the Mudcats.
This year’s game ended a great 4th of July weekend in the Dell Rapids area. With plenty of sunshine and fireworks over the weekend, the Mudcats and PBR capped off the weekend with an exciting, close game on Sunday, July 5th at Rickeman Field.
PBR got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning when Weston Hanson provided a few fireworks. Hanson hit a 2-run homerun to centerfield to give PBR an early 2-0 lead. PBR added to their lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI groundout by Riley Hoffman to lead 3-0 after two innings of play.
The Mudcats were able to scratch across a run in the top of the fourth when Josh Roemen scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 3-1. The sixth inning proved to be the difference in the game when the Mudcats scored three times. Mark Abrahamson hit a two-run double to left field to tie the game at 3-3. Kris King followed that at-bat with an RBI single scoring Mark Houck to give the Mudcats a 4-3 lead. PBR looked to have a rally brewing in the bottom of the ninth when Hoffman hit a one-out double, but Dalton Allen was able to get a strikeout and a groundout to strand Hoffman at second and secure the 4-3 victory for the Mudcats.
Houck and Grant Olson had two hits each for the Mudcats. Abrahamson had a hit with two RBIs. King had a hit with an RBI. Jimmy Bauer and Trevor Freudeuntheul also had a hit. Hanson finished the game with one hit and two RBIs for PBR. Hoffman had a hit and an RBI. Tanner Solberg, Matt Gillogly, Aaron Hansen, Beau Behrend, Teigen Lindner, and Trey Randel all had hits for PBR.
Allen earned the win for the Mudcats pitching all nine innings giving up three earned runs on eight eights with four walks and nine strikeouts. Brett Mogen took the loss for PBR pitching six innings giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. Tanner Olmstead pitched the final three innings for PBR giving up two hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Mudcats (7-3) will travel to Flandreau on Thursday, July 9th. PBR (6-5) will be at Salem also on Thursday, July 9th.