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Grand slam pushes Dimock/Emery past Canton

SIOUX FALLS—It was an offensive outburst for Dimock/Emery on Sunday at Ronken Field.

The Raptors took down Canton, 9-1, in a Class B amateur baseball state tournament game.

While owning a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, Jed Schmidt, who recorded the final three outs on the mound, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. His at-bat ended with the ball flying over the right field fence for a grand slam.

"I was trying to go up the middle with it. I'd been hitting the ball hard all day," said Schmidt, who plays for Augustana University. "I got a ball up, and I got a barrel on it. ... That's my first game home run I've hit (at Ronken Field)."

Dimock/Emery's offense was hot from the start, scoring four runs in the first three innings.

Jason Schmidt hit a sacrifice fly, and Gene Kitchens hit an RBI groundout in the first inning. The Raptors added a couple of more runs in the third, thanks to an RBI groundout from Jared Schmidt and Phil Johnson scoring on a wild pitch to give the Raptors a 4-0 lead.

"We started off real hot, and give credit to (Jordan Sehr), he kind of cooled us off for a little bit," Johnson said. "We wanted to get base runners and get moving. That's kind of how we got up."

Johnson finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and held Canton to seven hits over his eight-inning start. He struck out eight and walked one, while throwing 124 pitches.

"Defense played really well. We got key outs when we needed them," Johnson said. "... It's always easier to pitch with the lead. You get to go out and fire at the strike zone and see what you can do, and let your defense play behind you."

Devin Skiles singled in Jordan Sehr in the fourth for Canton's only run. Johnson hit a seventh-inning RBI double for Dimock/Emery's other run.

At the plate for the Raptors, Jed Schmidt, Johnson and Chase Hetland all had two hits. Skiles and Tyler Maxwell each had two hits for Canton, while Sehr suffered the loss. He struck out six and allowed nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits and seven walks over 7 1/3 innings.

"It's awesome (to advance to the second round)," Johnson said. "No one likes to lose. We're excited and we're going to come out ready to play."