An early five-game winning streak for the Dell Rapids High School club baseball team was snapped on Wednesday, April 27th. Parkston scored seven of their eight runs in two innings and held Dell Rapids to just four runs in an 8-4 win at Rickeman Field.
Dell Rapids grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after an RBI single by Dylan Mathis that scored courtesy runner Cole Ruesink. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the third. Parkston tied the game 1-1 after a run scored on a Dell Rapids error.
Aiden Boechler gave the lead back to Dell Rapids, 2-1, after a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Parkston’s first big inning was in the top of the fourth. They scored three times in the inning on two hits, a walk, and an error. Brayden Pankonen scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 4-3 in favor of Parkston. The next big inning for Parkston came in the top of the fifth inning. They scored four times, all with two outs, on four hits, a walk, and an error. Boechler added another solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning for the final run of the game.
Boechler finished with three hits, two of them home runs, and two RBIs. Mathis had a single and an RBI. Landon Ruesink and Sutton Williams both had singles. Ruesink took the loss pitching 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Pankonen pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing three runs, none of them earned, on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.