The Dell Rapids Mudcats and Dell Rapids PBR played their first of two regularly scheduled league games against one another at Rickeman Field on Thursday, June 3rd. The Mudcats, as the visiting team, won 14-0 in seven innings.
Neither team scored in the opening inning, but the Mudcats then scored three times in the top of the second inning. Grant Olson had an RBI double, and Ty Hoglund had an RBI single to give the Mudcats a 3-0 lead. They would add four more runs in the top of the fourth. Olson brought home two runs on his second double of the game. Nate Henry plated two more with a single for a 7-0 lead. Jimmy Bauer scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth inning to add to the Mudcat lead.
PBR didn’t get their first base runner and hit of the game until the bottom of the fifth inning. Jake Rechtenbaugh had a one-out single, but only made it as far as second base. PBR finished with just three hits in the game as they got two more hits in the bottom of the seventh inning by Carter Gullickson and Riley Hoffman.
The Mudcats added six more runs in the top of the seventh. Olson had an RBI single, Chad Hunt had a two-run double, and Josh Roemen had an RBI double. The Mudcats finished with a total of 14 hits.
Dalton Lehnen pitched four innings for the Mudcats giving up no hits and strikeout nine batters. Dalton Allen pitched two innings allowing one hit and two strikeouts. John Spaeth pitched the final inning allowing two hits with three strikeouts. Hoffman took the loss for PBR pitching four innings giving up seven runs on nine hits while recording three strikeouts. David Kirby pitched two innings allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Tanner Solberg pitched one inning giving up six runs on five hits.