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Offensive Explosion Ends Game Early
Riding high after a BIG win against the Fergas Falls Hurricanes on Friday, Dent rolled into Vergas on Sunday trying to avoid any letdowns. They accomplished this in a big way! The Wildcats would be on the base paths each and every inning making the day a long one for the Loons pitchers. Dent first cashed in in the 2nd inning when they batted around and scored 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. They would add another run in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th before dealing the final blow. In the top of the 7th inning, Dent's 1st 3 runners would all reach base (1 HBP and 2 hits) and all 3 would score giving the Wildcats a 10-0 lead. Dent's pitching staff would continue their rock solid season and toss yet another shutout (their 6th of the season). The Wildcats would win by the 10-run rule after 7 innings and take the season series from their rivals winning both games.
Dent was led on the bump by starter Isaac Stoll who would go 6 strong innings yielding only 4 hits, 0 runs, and striking out 2. Tyler Doll would come in in the 7th and end the game by striking out the side. At the plate, the Wildcats were led by Pete Guck who finished the day 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored and 2 walks. Dent returns home next Sunday to host a double-header against the Frazee Flames from the Countryside league. First pitch of game 1 is scheduled for 1:30 pm.
Wildcats Remain Unbeaten in League Play
In a change of pace for Dent, the weather when they traveled to Fergus Falls on Friday was quite comfortable (compared with the usual scorching heat of De Lagoon Field). Instead of the weather bringing the heat, it was the Wildcats bats. Dent would load the bases in 2 out of the first 3 innings but failed to provide that clutch hit to break the game open. Dent's starter Taylor Doll would hold the Hurricanes in check though waiting for his offense to back him up. But in the 5th inning, Fergus Falls would score first using the bottom of their order to do most of the damage. They would push 2 runs across on 3 hits (all from the bottom of their order). It would take a few innings to rebound from that blow but rebound the Wildcats would. In the top of the 7th inning, Dent would string together 4 straight hits (2 doubles and 2 singles) from Jeff Ronning, Isaac Stoll, Andy Kratzke, and Beau Bruhn to start the inning and plate 3 runs to take the late lead. Although they relinquished the lead late, Dent would not be denied. After a lead off double and a sac bunt moving the runner to 3rd in the 9th, Brock Collins would cash in with a drive to deep center for a triple and the game winning RBI. Dent would add 1 more in the 9th and win by a final score of 5-3 pushing their league record to 7-0 (9-2 overall).
Offensively, Dent pounded out 11 hits (4 extra base hits). They were led by Brock Collins who finished the day 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 3B, 1 walk, and 1 RBI. Dent also had 3 other players collect 2 hits a piece. On the mound, Taylor Doll battled through 8 good innings of work to collect his 3 win of the season. He struck out 7 and walked only 2. Pete Guck got the save pitching a scoreless 9th. Dent will take their unbeaten record on the road again on Sunday when they face their rivals, the Vergas Loons, in Vergas at 1:30 pm.
Dent Moves to 5-0 League Record
Dent improved their league record to 5-0 on Saturday when they collected a forfeit from New York Mills. Next weekend Dent hits the road for 2 Countryside games:
Friday in Fergus Falls @ 7:30pm
Sunday in Vergas @ 1:30 pm
Pitching Leads Wildcats to Victory
The theme for the 2016 season for the Wildcats has been pitching and defense and that did not change on Friday night when Pelican Rapids came to Jake Wolford Field for the first of the seasons 2 Countryside matchups between the 2 teams. Dent starter Jeff Ronning would set the Lakers down in order in the 1st inning and Dent would put a guy on and threaten in the their half of the 1st but would come up empty. Ronning would face his only threat in the 2nd when Pelican would put runners on the corners with only 1 out but he would wriggle out of the jam by inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Dent would not stop threatening as they put a runner on in every inning but it took until the 6th inning to finally cash in. With 1 out, Brandon Fritz would walk and Brock Collins would double down the right field line to put runners at 2nd and 3rd for Pete Guck. Guck would drill a deep fly ball that would have scored Fritz easily but when the centerfielder dropped the ball it allowed Collins to trot home as well. Dent would add to their lead in the 7th when they strung together 1 walk and 5 straight hits to start the inning and plate 3 insurance runs. The 5 run lead was more than enough for Ronning as he faced the minimum batters from innings 3-8. Collins would come in in relief in the 9th and strike 2 straight guys out to end the game and preserve Dent's undefeated league record. Final score: 5-0.
The leader for the Wildcats today was the pitching staff which was led by starter Jeff Ronning who would go 8 1/3 brilliant innings scattering just 3 hits and not allowing any runs while striking out 3. Offensively, Dent was led by Pete Guck (2 for 3 with 1 RBI) and Brock Collins (2 for 4 with 1 run scored, 1 2B, and 1 RBI). Dent is next in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the New York Mills Millers at 1:30 pm.
Doll Tosses Complete Game 2-Hitter to Lead Dent
Struggling a little offensively, Dent got back to league play on Sunday when they travelled over to Bluffton to face off in yet another Hi-10 v. Countryside game. Today though, Dent starter Taylor Doll would put the team on his back and carry them. Doll would only allow a base runner to reach 2nd or 3rd 1 time (8th inning). And in the 4th inning, the Wildcats would back Doll's strong effort when they did a bit of 2-out hitting. Andy Kratzke would line a single up the middle and then Beau Bruhn would club his 3rd HR of the season right after putting the Wildcats up 2-0. Dent would add 3 more runs in the 6th inning with 4 hits. That was plenty for Doll as he rolled through the Bluffton lineup time-and-time again. After 1 more insurance run, Dent would claim a 6-0 victory and push their league record to 3-0.
The star of today's game was definitely Taylor Doll who tossed the team's 1st complete game of the season. And to top things off, it was a complete game, 2 hit, shutout. Doll would also set down 7 Bluffton batters by way of the K. Offensively, Dent was paced by multiple people with multi-hit games but Shane Miller finished the day 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Beau Bruhn also finished the day 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, 1 HR, and 2 RBI's. The Wildcats get back to Countryside play next week Friday when they play host to the Pelican Rapids Lakers at 7:30 pm at Jake Wolford Field.
Pirates Pitchers Stifle Wildcats Bats
In the first of 2 matchups between rivals Perham and Dent, the Pirates would travel to Jake Wolford Field for an exhibition game with the league game to be played on July 4th in Perham. But on this night, Dent would struggle to get anything going offensively against Perham's starter Jack Stigman. Perham would strike first in the 5th inning off Dent starter Isaac Stoll using 3 hits and an error to score 2 runs and take a 2-0 advantage in the game. The Pirates would add 1 more in the 6th inning before Dent would threaten. Down 3, the Wildcats got guys to 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs but were unable to come up with that timely hit. Again in the 8th, Dent would get a guy to 3rd with 2 outs but would strand him there and fall by a final score of 3-0.
The 2 Wildcats hits were collected by the same guy, Tyler Doll. He finished the night 2 for 4. Pitcher tonight for the Wildcats was solid, as it has been all year. Isaac Stoll would go 6 strong innings as the starter only giving up 3 runs while striking out 2 and scattering 4 hits. Tyler Doll would relieve him and pitch 3 scoreless innings of relief striking out 2 and giving up only 1 hit. Dent looks to right the ship on Sunday when they get back to league play against Bluffton. Game time is slated for 1:30 pm over in Bluffton.
Snurdbirds Snap Wildcats Streak
The annual Memorial Day game took Dent up to Midway to face the 2010 Class C State Champion Snurdbirds. These 2 teams are very familiar with each other as they have faced off several times in the past either in the regular season, the region tournament, or both. The pitchers were both rolling through 4 innings when the home team, Midway, would strike first. They would use a series of hits, sac bunts, and miscommunication on the part of Dent to plate 2 runs and take a 2-0 lead through 5. The Wildcats would answer right back in the top of the 6th when they used 2 walks and a sac fly to cut the lead in half at 2-1. But that would be as close as they would get and Midway would put the game on ice with 3 more runs in the 7th inning. Final score: 5-1.
At the plate, Dent would manage only 5 hits (each from a different player) and 4 walks. Jeff Ronning would take the loss on the mound although he provided a gutsy effort going 6 2/3 innings with 2 K's. The Wildcats will look to get back into the win column next Friday when they welcome the Perham Pirates to Jake Wolford Field for an exhibition game between the close rivals. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
Pitching and Timely Hitting Carry Wildcats
Getting back to league play, the Dent Wildcats hosted the Detroit Lakes Angels on Friday evening in another Hi-10 v. Countryside battle. Pitching was the name of the game for both sides tonight as both teams combine for only 11 hits. Toeing the rubber for the Wildcats was Taylor Doll and he was sharp from pitch number 1. He did not allow a single runner to reach 3rd base until the 6th inning. But DL starter Mason Swedgarden was just as sharp through 4 innings but in the 5th, Dent would strike first. Pete Guck would lead off the inning with a walk and when Taylor Doll laid down a sac bunt the Angels booted the ball putting runners on 1st and 2nd. After another error, and a clutch hit by Jeff Ronning the Wildcats were up 2-0 heading into the 6th inning. That is more than Dent's starter Taylor Doll needed wiggling out of his only jam of the night in the 7th. Dent would add 3 more insurance runs in the 7th and win by a final score of 5-0 pushing their overall record to 4-0 and league record to 2-0.
The star of the game was Taylor Doll who tossed 8 innings of magnificent ball yielding only 5 hits, 0 runs, and striking out 4. At the plate the Wildcats were led by Jeff Ronning who finished the night 2 for 5 with a clutch RBI single out of the leadoff spot. Beau Bruhn continued to provide timely hitting when he drove a 2-out, 2-RBI double down the left field line. The Wildcats are next in action on Memorial Day when they travel up to Midway for a 1:30 pm game.
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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