Mudcats catch a break late, beat Redfield in extras
The Parkston Mudcats were held at bay at the plate for most of their first-round game against Redfield DQ in the South Dakota Class B state amateur baseball tournament Friday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
Tied at 1 going into the top of the 11th inning, Parkston picked up four runs to pull away for a 5-1 win over Redfield to advance to the second round. Parkston faces Harrisburg at 6 p.m. Tuesday, while Redfield DQ (19-4) is eliminated.
After a bases-loaded walk scored the first run of the 11th inning, Trevor Freudenthal drove in three more with a base hit to give the Mudcats some cushion.
"The whole game it felt like we just couldn't catch a break, and finally we got a couple of bloop singles and we needed it," Parkston pitcher Brady Nolz said.
After a steal of second base that was argued by Redfield manager Dallas Bohle by Parkston's Spencer Freudenthal, Matt Malloy hit a single to right field. Freudenthal did not advance as he waited to see if the ball would be caught with one out. The Mudcats got caught again on the bases, when Malloy was thrown out at second after the ball dropped in front of the right fielder.
After an intentional walk to Jeff Harris, Parkston took the lead with an RBI walk from Jeff Fish. The next batter, Trevor Freudenthal, singled home two more runs and a third scored on a throwing error.
Nolz closed the door for Parkston in the bottom of the 11th. Nolz relieved starter Tom Murtha, who left the game in the seventh inning after injuring his elbow. Parkston manager Dave Roth said Nolz will be ready to go for Parkston's second-round game Tuesday. Roth was unsure of Murtha's availability.
Nolz entered the game with the bases loaded, two outs and a three-ball two-strike count on Redfield's Brent Osborn in the seventh. Nolz threw one pitch and struck Benson out.
"All I was thinking was throw a strike," Nolz said of the situation he found himself in. "If he hits it, he hits it, but I wasn't going to walk him."
Nolz finished with 4 1/3 innings pitched and allowed one run on two hits, while striking out nine.
"He is probably the hardest thrower we have seen all year," Bohle said.
Murtha pitched 6 2/3 innings before leaving the game, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out six.
Redfield starter Justin Downes matched the Parkston pitchers inning for inning. After allowing a run in the second, Downes shut the Mudcats down. He pitched nine innings, allowing one run on six hits and striking out three.
"He has pitched strong for us all year," Bohle said. "We just didn't hit the ball like I thought we would, but we had our chances."
Parkston finished with 10 hits and one error. Spencer Freudenthal was 3-for-5 including an RBI triple in the second inning, while Trevor Freudenthal finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
"Lately we have been struggling to hit the ball and (Friday) we did again, but we got the big hit when we needed it for once," Parkston manager Dave Roth said. "It's always nice to get a win in the state tournament and we just have to keep it rolling I guess."
Redfield had six hits and four errors, with Clayton Nutting finishing 2-for-4 with a walk.