Mount Vernon Mustangs cruise to run-rule victory over Redfield Dairy Queen in amateur tournament first round

The Mustangs put up multiple runs in three of four innings to start, setting the tone for a seven-inning win over Redfield DQ.

Mount Vernon shortstop Briggs Havlik attempts to avoid the Redfield DQ baserunner while throwing to first for a double play as second baseman Koby Larson looks on during a Class B amateur baseball tournament first round contest on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Cadwell Park.
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MITCHELL — It was precisely the tournament start many teams look for, but not too many find, for the Mount Vernon Mustangs.

Behind an opening salvo that included scoring multiple runs in three of the first four innings, the Mustangs raced away from Redfield Dairy Queen to a 10-0 seven-inning victory to start Day 2 at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament.

A leadoff triple by Spencer Neugebauer set the tone in the first inning, and he was driven in almost immediately. Later in the inning, Deric Denning mashed a two-run home run over the 374-foot sign in left-center field.

Mount Vernon right fielder Deric Denning celebrates with his teammates after hitting a two-run home run during a Class B amateur baseball tournament first round contest against Redfield DQ on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Cadwell Park.
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In the second, the Mustangs loaded the bases with no outs, forcing a Redfield pitching change. But that didn’t prevent Mount Vernon from emptying those bases to double the advantage.

After an empty third frame, Neugebauer recorded his second RBI sacrifice fly to score Larson to start the fourth. Mount Vernon aaded an eighth run with two outs when Briggs Havlik singled to push Cameron Deinert across.


“When you put the ball in play, good things happen,” Neugebauer said. “We’ve had our struggles lately with not hitting the ball, but that’s been our focus.”

With the game already well under control, the Mustangs added one run in the fifth inning and another in the sixth. Redfield loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but a two-out strikeout ended the largest threat of the afternoon.

Bradley Dean got the start on the mound, where he began the day with four scoreless innings before being relieved by Kade Bialas, who carried on with two more scoreless frames. Blake Moke, a pickup player from Corsica-Stickney, finished off the contest on the hill by picking up the final three outs.

For the game, the Mustangs out-hit Redfield, 12 to 5. Kyle Stover was given the loss after going one full inning and accounting for the three runners on base in the second.

Mount Vernon (11-11) advances to play the Milbank Firechiefs on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Cadwell Park.

“We know the opportunity is there with our team,” Neugebauer said of carrying Thursday’s performance through the next round. “I think when we’re doing the good, fundamental things we come together pretty well, and everybody’s got the same thing in mind. We can make a pretty good run here and I think our confidence is there and the expectations are following right behind.”

Redfield DQ center fielder Bennett Osborn swings at a pitch during a Class B amateur baseball tournament first-round contest against Mount Vernon on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Cadwell Park.
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Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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