The Dell Rapids Mudcats repeated as the South Dakota Class B Amateur Baseball champions with three more wins in the State B Tournament in Mitchell Friday, August 12th through Sunday, August 14th. Dell Rapids claimed wins over Dimock-Emery, Winner/Colome, and Garretson.
Dell Rapids Mudcats 2, Dimock-Emery Raptors 1
The Mudcats needed extra innings, but got the 2-1 win over the Raptors on Friday to advance to the semifinals. Dell Rapids broke a 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Dalton Lehnen. Dimock-Emery tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The two teams stayed locked at 1-1 until the top of the 10th. Ty Hoglund had a two-out RBI single scoring Trevor Freudenthal to give the Mudcats a 2-1 lead. The Raptors got a two-out walk in the bottom of the 10th, but Lehnen got a strikeout to end the game.
Lehnen had two hits and an RBI. Hoglund finished with a hit and an RBI. Weston Hanson had two hits. Mark Abrahamson, Kris Regas, and Grant Olson all had a single. Lehnen pitched all 10 innings allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts.
Dell Rapids Mudcats 7, Winner/Colome 2
Dell Rapids earned a trip to the title game after a 7-2 win over the Pheasants on Saturday. The Mudcats built a 5-0 lead over the first two innings. Lehnen had an RBI double in the top of the first inning after a two-out triple by Hanson for an early 1-0 lead. Dell Rapids then added four more runs in the top of the second. Olson had an RBI single, Dalton Allen followed with a two-run double, and Hoglund had an RBI double to push the lead to 5-0.
Winner/Colome got one run in the bottom of the second inning and one more in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead to 5-2. Dell Rapids put the game away with two runs in the top of the ninth. Chad Hunt had an RBI single and then later scored on a wild pitch.
Hoglund finished with two hits, one a double, and an RBI. Hanson also had two hits, including a triple. Allen had a double and two RBIs. Lehnen finished with a double and an RBI. Hunt and Olson each added a single with an RBI. Travis Peters also had a hit. Regas pitched nine innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.
Dell Rapids Mudcats 5, Garretson 2
A four-run sixth inning was key to the Mudcats victory in the championship game against the Blue Jays on Sunday. Garretson broke a 0-0 tie with two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the first lead of the game.
Dell Rapids, however, scored four times in the bottom of the sixth. Lehnen had a two-run single to cut the lead in half. Hanson followed with an RBI ground ball and then scored on a ball in play by Freudenthal. Dell Rapids added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. Hunt scored Olson on an RBI single for a 5-2 advantage.
Lehnen finished with two hits and two RBIs. Hunt also had two hits and an RBI. Freudenthal added a single and RBI. Hoglund, Regas, and Olson all had a single. Hanson added an RBI. Allen pitched four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with six strikeouts. Lehnen pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed six hits with six strikeouts. Regas pitched 2/3 of an inning.
Lehnen was named the tournament MVP.