The Dell Rapids High School baseball team dropped their first game of the year to Sioux Falls Lincoln by a score of 6-5 at Rickeman Field on Tuesday, March 28th.
SF Lincoln scored four times in the top of the first inning on just one hit to start the game. Dell Rapids pushed across a run in the bottom half of the inning on a SF Lincoln error, and SF Lincoln led 4-1 after the first inning. Neither team scored in the second inning, and then SF Lincoln pushed across two more runs in the top of third on a single and error to take a 6-1 lead. Matt Gillogly had an RBI single in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 6-2. Gillogly again had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning as Dell Rapids cut the lead in half at 6-3.
Dell Rapids put together a rally in the bottom half of the seventh inning. After a lead off pop-out, Austin Ellingson and Carter Gullickson received back-to-back walks with one out. Gillogly went down swinging for the second out, but Nate McKee followed with a two-run double over the head of the left fielder to pull Dell Rapids within a run at 6-5. Elijah Story followed with a walk to put the winning run on first base with two outs. However, SF Lincoln was able to get a strike out of Keegan Miller to end the game and preserve the win.
Gillogly finished 2-3 for Dell Rapids with two RBIs. McKee, Gullickson, and Ellingson all had doubles in the game. Story also had a hit for Dell Rapids.
Ellingson took the loss for Dell Rapids giving up four runs, all earned, while walking four. Trevor Pulscher pitched four innings giving up two runs, both unearned, on two hits while walking three and striking out two. Josh Roemen pitched three innings giving up two hits while striking out four and walking two.
Dell Rapids (0-1) will travel to Sioux Falls to play Sioux Falls O’Gorman on Thursday, March 30th.