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Amateur baseball roundup: Mudcats clip Cubs in late-night thriller

Henry's walk-off single sends Dell Rapids into the state amateur baseball tournament.

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SALEM -- The Dell Rapids Mudcats went scoreless for five straight innings as Salem mounted a comeback and forced extra innings, but Nate Henry’s walk-off single capped a late-night District 4B thriller.

As a result, the Mudcats advance to the state amateur baseball tournament after the 9-8 victory in the bottom of the 12th inning over the Cubs. The contest finished around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Facing a 7-3 deficit, Salem scored four straight runs and forced extra innings on a Brian Duxbury solo home run in the top of the ninth inning.

Neither team scored again until 12th inning. Craig Cheeseman broke the tie with an RBI that plated Tyler Cleveland. In the bottom of the 12th, Henry’s walk-off single finally ended it.

The Cubs began their comeback in the top of the eighth. Salem plated three straight runs on a Kyle Tuschen RBI single, a Mudcats’ error and a Cleveland sacrifice fly.

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The Cubs committed a whopping 10 errors, while Dell Rapids had five errors.

Duxbury, Jon Forster and Isaac Anderson had two hits apiece for the Cubs. Elijah Story finished with two hits for the Mudcats.

Jared Donahue finished with 11 strikeouts for the Mudcats. He allowed two hits, three runs (one earned) and issued six walks in his six-inning start.

Salem’s Tyler Earls finished with four strikeouts and gave up five runs in his four-inning start.

Lennox plays Salem in a play-in game today.

Madison 13, Lennox 10

SALEM -- The Madison Broncos knocked off Lennox in a District 4B amateur baseball slugfest on Friday. Madison advanced to the Class B state amateur baseball tournament as a result.

Madison and Lennox both recorded 12 hits apiece, but the Broncos plated five combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the win.

Madison’s Mitch McGary finished 3-for-5 and drove in four runs to pace the offense. McGary’s two-run single put Madison ahead 11-10 in the seventh inning. Nick Bird and Brian Miller each had two hits. Brandon Burg picked up the win. He scattered six hits, allowed five earned runs and struck out two batters in his 5.1-inning start.

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For Lennox, Drew Sweeter finished 3-for-5 and knocked in two runs. Justin Reilly finished with three RBIs.

Lennox plays Salem in a play-in game today.

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