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Dimock/Emery tops Colman 3-2 in extras

Dimock/Emery catcher Jeremy Zens tags out Colman’s Paul Clark at the plate after receiving a throw from right fielder Audie Kuipers, a pick-up player from Platte, during a second-round Class B state amateur baseball tournament game Monday in Sioux Falls. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS — There was no one hero for the Dimock/Emery baseball team in the second round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament.

“It was everyone,” Raptors manager Brad Bartscher said after his team defeated the Colman A’s 3-2 in 13 innings Monday at Sioux Falls Stadium to advance to the quarterfinal round. Dimock/Emery will play Dell Rapids PBR at 8 p.m. Thursday.

There were impressive pitching performances, strong defensive plays and a pair of solo home runs.

But the Raptors’ Sam Pischke scored the final, go-ahead run in the top of the 13th on a wild pitch when pick-up player Audie Kuipers, of Platte, was at the plate, trailing in the count 1-2. Then, Jason Schmidt pitched his fourth, final inning in the bottom of the 13th.

“This game was unbelievable,” said Schmidt, who got Dimock/Emery out of a bases-loaded 10th-inning jam. “Neither team deserved to lose.”

In a game that ran 3 hours, 22 minutes, the Raptors got a strong pitching performance from starter Josh Engquist, who threw nine innings but took the no decision. He also hit a fifth-inning, solo homer that looked to be the only run of the game until Colman tied it in the bottom of the ninth on a one-out sacrifice fly.

After putting up eight zeros through eight innings, he returned to the mound in the bottom of the ninth, trying to record a complete-game shutout. He struck out the first batter and then gave up back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. A sacrifice fly to mid-center field tied the game at 1. It was the only run Engquist allowed.

“He was lights out,” said Schmidt, who earned the win, striking out five and allowing two hits.

In the top of the 10th, Phil Johnson hit a solo homer to right field, putting the Raptors back on top. They led 2-1 going into the bottom of the 10th, which was when Rich Wiese relieved Engquist. Wiese walked the first batter he faced on five pitches, then gave up a double to deep left field after the ball bounced off the glove of Pischke, who was sprinting to track the ball. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Schmidt came in with no outs to strike out three of the four batters he faced. Schmidt, who hit 88 mph on the radar gun early, threw all fastballs in his first inning of work. The only time he didn’t record an out, Colman’s Adam Fritz hit a chopper up the middle that went off Schmidt’s glove for an infield single to tie the game at 2.

The Raptors’ defense turned double plays in the 11th and 12th innings to keep the game on edge, including an impressive, perhaps lucky play by Schmidt when he fielded the ball on the mound behind his back in the 12th. From left field, Tyson Kayser also threw out Colman’s Derek Entringer at the plate in the 11th for the first out of the inning.

“That was the one play that really stuck out in my mind,” Bartscher said. “Coming fresh off the bench and throwing a ball like that for the out, that was huge.”

Dimock/Emery threw out another Colman runner earlier in the game. In the bottom of the first, Kuipers, from right field, kept Colman off the scoreboard. Kuipers fielded a single and fired to Raptors catcher Jeremy Zens to throw out Rob Lind trying to score from second. It was the second out of the inning, and Engquist got the third out on a routine grounder.

Leading Dimock/Emery at the plate was Johnson, who was 3-for-4. He also walked three times. Kuipers, Engquist and Zens had two hits for the Raptors.

For Colman, Billy Stitz was 3-for-6 and Deon Entringer, who threw nine innings of relief, took the loss. He came in relief of John Roesler.