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Raptors fall to Cardinals

Dimock/Emery's Chase Hetland (Mount Vernon pickup player) fires to first base to complete a double play as Flandreau's Jake Patterson slides into second base on Wednesday at Ronken Field. (Ryan Deal / The Republic)

SIOUX FALLS—The Dimock/Emery Raptors couldn't slow down the high-scoring Flandreau Cardinals on Wednesday.

One game after erupting for a 15-0 win over Four Corners, Flandreau was at it again with a 13-2 win over Dimock/Emery in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Ronken Field.

With the score knotted at 2-2, the Cardinals erupted for 10 runs on nine hits in the fifth inning to seize control of the game.

Flandreau's Mitch Foster and Keith Cutler had back-to-back RBIs to give Flandreau a 4-2 advantage. Then things really got away from the Raptors, who gave up eight straight runs with two outs.

The Cardinals chased Dimock/Emery starter Jed Schmidt, who lasted 4 2/3 innings, gave up 10 hits, nine runs (seven earned) and struck out five batters.

The fifth inning spelled the beginning of the end for the Raptors, who finish the season 16-12 and qualified for their 12th straight state tournament.

"All we can ask for is to give ourselves a chance and in the middle of the season we had a lot of adversity and injuries and little things like that," Dimock/Emery manager Brad Bartscher said. "But we actually found our stride and made the most out of our season. It was a lot of fun."

Flandreau pounded out 18 hits. Jared Campbell finished with five hits and knocked in three runs. Foster, Riley Johnson, Nate Henry, Keith Cutler and Jake Patterson each had two hits. Bret Severtson earned the win, finishing with three hits, two runs and struck out one batter.

For Dimock/Emery, Schmidt, Doug Sudbeck and Tyson Kayser each finished with a hit.

The Cardinals play Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

"Flandreau is one heck of a team," Bartscher said. "They hit the heck out of the ball. They have great players. We couldn't have went out to a better team. They are a great team and I wish them the best of luck throughout this weekend."

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