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2014 Season Recap

After a solid showing in the 2013 region tournament, the Dent Wildcats had set some lofty expectations for the 2014 season.  They received the bid to host the 2014 region tournament and had hopes of playing in front of their home fans in August.  In addition, Dent was glad to welcome back some familiar faces to Jake Wolford Field.  Matt Richter, Brock Collins, and Matt Wagner all made their return to the Wildcats in 2014.  Dent also welcomed new faces Dylan Ellingson and Alec Meyer to the team.  The 2014 team would struggle to find consistency in all aspects of the game.  Some games they would pitch well and not hit, others they would hit well and not pitch; and yet others their defense would be their achilles heel, or they would struggle to get more than 9 guys to the game.  But through it all, they managed to finish the regular season 11-9 overall and 6-6 in league play.  Highlights from some of their games included a 13-1 drubbing of their region nemesis the Midway Snurdbirds.  In the rout, Brock Collins sacrificed his body to rob Zach Etter of a homerun.  At the beginning of June, Dent participated in the Angels Tournament in Detroit Lakes where they finished runner-up to their league rivals Pelican Rapids.  When the Wildcats hosted the Crookston Reds in an exhibition in late June there was massive drama.  Down 1 run heading into the bottom of the 9th and 2 outs, 2nd baseman Luke Burgau crushed a walk-off 3 run bomb to give the Wildcats the win.  The Wildcats were also able to reclaim bragging rights from the rivals the Perham Pirates in the annual 4th of July game when they fended off a late-inning rally for the 7-6 victory.


Leading the Wildcats this year offensively was Isaac Stoll who finished the season batting .386 with 18 runs scored, 5 2B, 14 RBI, 15 walks, 2 HBP, 1 stolen base, and an OPS of .963.  3 other players for Dent hit over .300 (Andy Kratzke, Brandon Fritz, and Brock Collins.


On the mound, Dent was led by relievers Brock Collins and Eric Weller.  Each had a sub-2.00 ERA and struck-out at least 1 batter per inning pitched.  Matt Richter provided great efforts out of the starting pitching position where he would consistently go 6 or more innings giving the 'Cats a chance to win.  Jeff Ronning would end out logging 28 innings on the mound and turned into 1 of the more reliable starters on the Wildcats staff.


Heading into the 2015 season, Dent will try to regain their region form from a year ago and build on the successes they have had in the past.  In order to make a return to the state tournament they need to cut down on their k's at the plate, walks issued on the mound, and sure-up their defense in the field.  All of these things are easy to remedy and if they are improved, the Countryside had better look out in 2015 and beyond.


We would like to thank our 2014 sponsors:

Dent Lions

Dent Fire Department

Dougout Bar & Grill


Winkels Carpet Center

Kratzke Swings

Stoll's Bait

Steve's Sanitation

Esser's Plumbing and Heating


Metalcraft by K

Victroy Home Sales, Inc.

Triple Play Liquors

Lakes Area Cooperative

KLN Enterprises

Ottertail Power Company

Comeback Ends Wildcats Season

With their backs against the wall, the Wildcats played host to the Lakers for game 2 of their best-of-3 playoff series.  Just like they did on Friday, Dent jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when again the bottom of their order came up clutch and drove in 1 run on 3 hits.  That lead would hold up until the 5th inning when starter Jeff Ronning would run into a bit of trouble.  Pelican Rapids would use 2 hits and 2 walks to score 3 runs and take a 3-1 lead.  Dent answered right back by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th on only 1 hit and 1 walk and 2 costly Laker errors.  Both teams would go to the bullpen for relief help and it became a game of who would blink first.  In the top of the 8th inning, Pelican would put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs but it looked like the Wildcats would wriggle out of the jam but the ground ball had some nasty spin on it which gave the runner just enough time to beat the throw and allowed the eventual game winning run to score.  The Lakers would add an insurance run in the 9th inning just to ensure the victory.  They advanced to the Countryside championship game and the Region 16C tournament with a 5-3 win over the Wildcats.


Leading the way for Dent was Isaac Stoll who finished the day 1 for 2 with 1 run scored and 3 walks.  In addition Brandon Fritz would add 2 hits and a run out of the 6th spot in the lineup.  On the mound, starter Jeff Ronning provided 5 strong innings yielding only 3 hits and striking out 2 and reliever Brock Collins gave Dent his longest outing in recent memory going 4 innings and striking out 4 and giving up 0 earned runs.

Dent Drops Back-And-Forth Game

Hoping the rain would hold off long enough for a game, the Dent Wildcats traveled to Pelican Rapids to face the #2 seeded Lakers in the opening round of the Countryside playoffs.  Dent would get on the board 1st in the top of the 2nd using great situational hitting by the bottom of their order.  Brock Collins would lead off with a double and move up to 3rd on a Brandon Fritz single.  Jeff Ronning would collect the RBI with a blast to deep center that was some how run down.  The Wildcats would hold a brief 1-0 lead until the bottom of the 3rd when the Lakers would plate 3 runs, aided by 1 Dent error.  Dent would be playing catch-up the remainder of the night.  They scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th to cut the deficit to 1 run but the Wildcats pitchers were unable to keep the Lakers at bay.  They would score 4 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th inning to take a 10-4 lead into the 8th inning.  Again, the bottom of the Dent order would start the charge when they put both their 1st 2 batters on base but they were only able to scratch 1 run across in the inning.  But in the 9th, Dent would mount 1 of their best threats of the night; they loaded the bases with 1 out.  After a sac fly from Ronning, Jaden Meyer walked to the plate and turned around a fastball off the centerfield fence to score 2 more runs.  But that is as close as Dent would come, falling by a final score of 10-8.


Several Wildcats registered multiple hits on the night but they were all lead by Brandon Fritz who finished the game 2 for 3 with 1 run scored, 1 2B, 2 walks, and 1 RBI.  Dent looks to keep their season alive when they host Pelican Rapids on Sunday for game 2 of this best-of-3 playoff series.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 pm at Jake Wolford Field.

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