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Dent Splits DH

After a change of venue, the Frazee Flames came to Dent on a balmy afternoon for a twin bill against the Dent Wildcats.  Dent would be the home team on the scoreboard for game 1 and their offense wore out the Flames pitchers on a regular basis.  They would use 2 huge innings in the 4th and 5th to pull away.  In the 4th inning, Dent would score 5 runs on 2 outs to pad their 2-1 lead going into the 5th inning.  In the 5th, Dent would score 4 runs on 4 hits to end the game virtue of the 10-run rule: 11-1.  Leading the way for the Wildcats offensively was Matt Richter who ended game 1 3 for 4 out of the lead-off spot and scored 2 runs.  On the mound, Isaac Stoll collected the win by going 4 innings and only gave up 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 3.

 

In the 2nd game of the day, the tables would be turned on the Wildcats and it was the Flames bats that would wear out the pitchers of Dent.  After the Wildcats scored in the top of the 1st, it was all Frazee for the next 3 innings.  They would score 3 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, and 1 in the 3rd to take a 6-1 lead.  Dent would attempt to climb back into the game in the 4th inning when they combined 1 hit, 2 walks, and an interference call to push 2 runs across and cut the lead to 6-3.  But in the bottom of the 5th inning, Frazee would put another 2-out rally together to score 2 runs and put the game out of reach.  Dent ended out dropping game 2 by a final score of 8-5.  Leading the way offensively in game 2 for the Wildcats was Andy Kratzke who ended the game 2 for 3 with 1 double, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI's.  It was a tough game for the Wildcats pitchers but Brandon Fritz did provide 1 perfect inning in relief while tallying 1 K.  This ends Dent's early home-stand and they next hit the road when they travel to Vergas for a 1:30 pm game next Sunday.

Ronning's Complete Game Leads Cats

On a beautiful Friday night, Dent welcomed the Bertha Blazers to Jake Wolford Field for a match-up of Countryside - Hi-10 teams.  The Blazers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on a piece of clutch 2-out hitting.  The Wildcats would answer right back with 3 straight hits in the bottom of the 1st inning on 3 straight hits by the middle of the order.  Bertha would knot the game up at 3 in the top of the 3rd with 2 sacrifices but after that, Dent's starter Jeff Ronning would settle in and control the Blazer lineup for the remainder of the game.  Dent's offense would come to the support of Ronning as well.  They would take the lead in the 3rd for good when again, the middle of the order stringed together 3 straight hits to plate 1 run.  In the bottom of the 6th, it was the bottom of the order's turn to do the damage.  They would put together a small rally using only 1 hit which would eventually come around to score.  That was all the support the Dent starter would need; to finish the game Ronning set down 7 straight batters for the complete game 5-3 victory.

 

Leading the way offensively for the Wildcats was Isaac Stoll who ended the night 3 for 4 with 1 double and 2 runs scored.  In addition, Brandon Fritz added 2 hits and 2 RBI's in the winning effort.  On the bump, Jeff Ronning tossed a spectacular game, scattering 5 hits and allowing only 3 runs while striking out 5 and walking 0.  Next up for the Wildcats will be a Countryside doubleheader on Sunday in Dent v. the Frazee Flames.  1st pitch is scheduled for 1:30 pm.

Dent Sinks Rivals

With the butt kicking from Friday fresh in everyone's memory, the Wildcats looked to prove, if to no one other than themselves, that they were better than the 23-0 score showed.  And they would not waste any time in doing that.  After Jeff Ronning gunned down a runner at home to end the top of the 1st inning, Dent would string together a walk, a double, and a single to take an early 1-0 lead.  Wildcats starter Matt Richter would find his groove for the next couple innings holding the Pirates at bay.  But Perham would finally break through in the 4th inning for 1 run to tie the game at 1.  Again, the Pirates mounted a threat in the 5th inning putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out.  They would take a 2-1 lead with a sac fly to left.  But they did not stop there and scored 2 more runs after a costly throwing error kept the inning alive.  Perham's starter would shut down the Wildcats until the 8th inning when the 1st 3 hitters of the 8th inning all reached base and they would score 2 runs to cut the Pirates lead to 4-3 heading to the 9th.  After setting the Perham batters down in order the stage was set for Dent's comeback.  Jaden Meyer led off the inning with a booming double that bounced up against the fence in center.  After a sac bunt moved the pinch runner Jesse Grover over the 3rd, a wild pitch would plate the tying run and send the game to extras.  Perham would bite back with 1 run in their half of the 10th inning but the Wildcats would have have all 4 of the 1st batters reach base to tie the game at 5.  After a ground out, Dylan Ellingson strode to the plate and promptly stroked a single to left to walk off against the Pirates 6-5!

 

The pitching for the Wildcats was solid all the way around.  Starter Matt Richter went 6 strong inning only yielding 2 earned runs and Jeff Ronning would pick up his 2nd W on the year with 4 innings of 1-run relief.  Leading the way for the Wildcats offensively was Andy Kratzke who ended the game 2 for 5 with 1 double and 2 RBIs.  Dent is next in action at home next Friday against the Bertha Blazers at 7:30 pm.

Wildcats Gain Social Media

As the calendar flips from 2014 to 2015 the Wildcats are looking to increase their following via social media.  After holding back for years from joining the growing online MN baseball community, the Dent Wildcats opened a Facebook page and Twitter account.  

To follow the Wildcats Facebook page just search for the team on Facebook and "like" the team (you cannot friend them because the page is not a personal page but a community organization page but the "like" does the same thing as "friending" does).  

 

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*Any current or former members of the Wildcats/Ramblers/HasBeens or any fans or family of former teams/players please post any photos you have of former teams or players on our Facebook page under the "Old Dent Baseball Photos" album.  Or you can tweet them at us.  Dent has a long history of quality baseball teams/players dating all the way back to 1906 so please share any photos you may have so we may all remember and honor those that paved the way and making Dent baseball what it is today.*