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Bruhn & Ronning Lead Dent Over Millerville
Friday's game was originally scheduled to be a Hi-10 v. Countryside matchup between NYM and Dent but NYM had to cancel Wednesday night so that left Dent looking for a game on Friday. Millerville from the Resorters League stepped up to fill the void and came to Jake Wolford Field for an 8 pm game. Dent displayed some pop and excitement early when Beau Bruhn roped a 1-2 curveball over the left field fence for the Wildcats 1st HR of the season and put them ahead 1-0. After adding a single run in the 2nd, Bruhn would strike again. This time it was a 1st pitch hanging curveball that he would drive into the Minnesota night sky for a majestic blast. That was more than enough for Dent starter Jeff Ronning who would cruise to his 2nd victory of the season. Ronning would not allow a runner to reach 3rd base at all until the 7th inning and finished with his 1st complete-game shutout of the season. The Dent bats would bust things open in the 6th inning when they batted around and plated 5 runs on 6 hits and a HBP. Final score of the game: 10-0.
Offensively, almost every Wildcats player finished with a hit (they had 16 collectively as a team) but they were led by Beau Bruhn who finished the night 2 for 3 with 2 HR, 2 runs scored, 1 BB, and 2 RBIs. In addition, Isaac Stoll, Shane Miller, and Pete Guck finished perfect on the night going 3 for 3, 2 for 2, and 2 for 2 respectively. On the mound, Jeff Ronning mowed through the Millers almost every inning. It only took him 73 pitches to complete the shutout while giving up 0 runs, striking out 4, and scattering 4 hits. The Wildcats finish off this early home stand and try to keep this streak going when they host the DL Angels next Friday, May 27th at 7:30 pm in Dent.
Dent Downs Rival Vergas
For their 2016 Countryside and home opener, the Dent Wildcats played host to their long-time rival: the Vergas Loons. This Loons team was revamped over the winter months but so were the Wildcats. And today, Dent would ride the backs of two of their offseason pickups. Wildcats starter Taylor Doll was locked in from the very beginning and faced the minimum through 3 innings. Dent threatened in both the 1st and the 3rd innings when they put two guys on each inning but were unable to come up with that clutch hit to drive them in. Doll was able to wiggle out of a small jam in the 4th and again, the Wildcats put 2 guys on and were unable to collect a timely hit. Pitching was the name of the game the rest of the way as Doll would cruise through 7 innings (only needing 78 pitches). It was after Doll was replaced on the mound when the Wildcats would finally cash in. with 2 outs in the 8th, 1st baseman Beau Bruhn turned an inside fastball around for a scorching liner down the left field line to drive in the game winning run. Pete Guck would follow that double with a line-drive single of his own to drive Bruhn in and give Dent some breathing room heading to the 9th, where Brock Collins used only 3 pitches to set the Loons down in order. The Wildcats moved to 2-0 (1-0 in the Countryside) on the 2016 season.
On the mound, the Wildcats were lead by a brilliant effort by Taylor Doll who went 7 scoreless innings scattering 5 hits and striking out 8 while walking none. Isaac Stoll collects the win in relief and Collins slams the door in the 9th for the save. Offensively, Dexter Brown continues to impress at the plate as he reached base 3 more times (he has now reached base in 7 out of 10 plate aperiances). Bruhn would be the hero on the day though with his GW RBI double in the 8th. He finished the day 1 for 3 with 1 2B, 1 run scored, 1 RBI, and 1 BB. Dent continues their early homestand next Friday, May 20th, as they welcome the New York Mills Millers to Jake Wolford Field for a 7:30 pm game.
Wildcats Cut Down the Lumberbats in Opener
The 2016 season finally arrived on Sunday for Dent when they travelled down to Staples for an exhibition game against the Staples Lumberbats from the Lake and Pine league. The Wildcats did not waste any time when they plated 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning, all of which were scored with 2 outs. The opportunistic 'Cats used 5 walks, 1 HBP, and 2 hits to push those early runs across. But the rout did not stop there. After giving a run back in the bottom of the 1st inning, Dent went right back at the Staples pitcher and used 4 straight hits by Isaac Stoll, Andy Kratzke, Jeff Ronning, and Beau Bruhn and a walk by Pete Guck to plate 3 more runs in the 2nd inning and take a commanding 8-1 lead. That early lead was more than enough for Wildcats starter Taylor Doll who picked up his shaky defense and mowed through 4 innings only giving up 1 earned run. The Wildcats would pick up a single run in the 5th and 2 more in the 8th to cap the scoring for the day and Dent's pitching shut down the Lumberbats for only 1 more hit through the last 6 innings allowing Dent to capture their first victory of the season: 11-3.
It was a pretty good day at the plate for the Wildcats as a whole but leading them today was Jeff Ronning who finished a perfect 3 for 3 with 3 singles, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI, and 2 HBP. In addition, Dexter Brown added 4 walks out of the leadoff spot and Andy Kratzke finished 3 for 5. All-together, Dent had 12 hits, 11 walks, and 2 HBP; so the bases were full of Dent players all day. On the bump, Dent pitchers all threw extremely well for their 1st outing of the year. Collectively they only allowed 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. The pitching staff was led by Jeff Ronning who threw 4 innings of 1-hit relief. Dent is next in action this Sunday when they play host to their long-time rivals: Vergas Loons. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 pm at Jake Wolford Field.
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