April 29, 2017
MADISON, S.D. – Presentation (S.D.) outscored Dakota State (S.D.) 49-18 Saturday afternoon to conclude the North Star Athletic Association Baseball regular-season with a doubleheader sweep at Flynn Field. The Saints won by the score of 25-10 in seven innings in the first game and closed out the regular-season schedule with a 24-8 victory.
Dakota State ended their 2017 season with an overall record of 2-30 and 2-22 record in North Star conference play. Presentation improved to 14-35 overall record and 6-18 NSS conference record. The Saints await for their fate for the upcoming North Star Baseball Postseason Tournament, where the remaining NSAA conference games are scheduled to complete Sunday.
Game 1 – Presentation (S.D.) 25, Dakota State (S.D.) 10 – FINAL/7 innings
Presentation stormed to a 25-1 lead through four-and-half innings of the nine-inning game before Dakota State scored the final nine runs of the game.
The Saints jumped to a three-run lead in the opening inning. Johnnie Morris struck out swinging, but advanced on a wild pitch by DSU. Josh Youngchild followed up with a double and advanced Morris to third base. Anthony Guzman was hit-by-pitch to set up a bases loaded situation for PC. A balk committed by the Trojans allowed Morris to score the first run of the game for PC 1-0 lead (both Youngchild and Guzman advanced one base).
Lane Hovde produce an RBI sacrifice fly to score Youngchild, while on the same play Morris advanced to home after the Trojans committed a defensive error (PC leads 3-0).
Dakota State answered with a run in the bottom half of the first inning. Jalen Boyd led off with a walk. A passed ball by the Saints allowed Boyd advanced to second base. After Smith Kemper's ground out to advance Boyd to third base, Connor Nagel hit an RBI single to score Boyd as the Trojans trailed 3-1 after the first inning.
PC plated five runs in the top second inning, highlighted by Kyle Angielski's 3-RBI base-clearing double for Saints' 8-1 lead.
Michael Cimino led off with a double in the top third inning for the Saints. Conor Taney followed up with a single to advance Cimino to third base. Presentation made it 9-1 after Youngchild hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Cimino.
The Saints added six more runs in the top fourth inning as their lead grew to 15-1. PC had six hits in the inning, including a single from Angielski, Jace Wyatt's RBI single, Cimino's 2-RBI double and a single from Morris.
Presentation exploded for 10 runs in the top fifth frame for the biggest lead of the game at 25-1. Dryden Kaczmar hit a grand slam in the inning for the Saints.
Dakota State answered back with five runs scored in the bottom fifth inning. Dyshawn Proudlove and Boyd were hit-by-pitch with one out. Zach Sutera drilled an RBI double to score Proudlove and advanced Boyd to third base. Boyd scored on PC's wild pitch to reduce DSU's deficit to 25-3.
After Smith Kemper reached on base by a walk, Nagel blasted a 3-run home run as DSU cut PC's lead to 25-6 in the bottom fifth frame.
The Trojans scored four more runs in the bottom seventh inning. Boyd led off with a triple. Sutera and Kemper recorded back-to-back walks. Nagel smashed a grand slam over the left field fence as DSU trimmed Saints' lead to 25-10. It was Nagel's third home run of the season for the Trojans.
DSU could not extend the game into eighth inning as PC secured the victory in seven innings.
Nagel was 3-of-4 at the plate with a pair of home run, single and drove in a game-high eight runs for Dakota State. Boyd added a triple, walk and scored three times. Garrett Mullins and Sutera each had a double. Kemper recorded a single and reached on base by a walk two times. Sutera, Kemper and Nagel each scored twice.
Cimino and Youngchild each had two doubles for the Saints. Kaczmar had a home run and collected four RBIs. Angielski had two hits and three RBIs. Wyatt had two singles and an RBI.
PC outhit DSU 14-7 in the game. The Trojans committed seven defensive error compared to the Saints one defensive error. Presentation left seven runners on base while Dakota State had three runners left on base.
Hayden Rainey (L, 0-6) took the loss on the pitching mound for DSU. He tossed four innings and allowed 15 runs (3 unearned) on 10 hits. Proudlove worked for one out in the fifth inning in relief. Boyd pitched for 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
Jake Bunjovac (W, 2-7) earned the victory after pitching five innings for PC. He allowed six runs on five hits. Henry Neils worked the final two innings, giving up four runs on two hits.
Game 2 – Presentation (S.D.) 24, Dakota State (S.D.) 8 – FINAL
Presentation scored at least a run in all seven innings in the regular-season finale game.
The Saints opened up with a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Angielski, Josh Tabor and Taney each had an RBI single, while the Saints added two more runs caused by DSU's defensive miscue.
Dakota State responded with two runs in the bottom first. Sutera hit a single with one out. Kemper followed up with a double to advance Sutera to third base. Nagel recorded an RBI sacrifice fly to score Sutera for DSU's first run of the game (PC leads 5-1).
The Trojans cut Saints' lead to 5-2 when Mullins hit an RBI single to score Kemper in the bottom first frame.
Presentation scored five times in the top second inning, highlighted by Wyatt's 3-run home run to put PC up 10-1.
Tabor recorded an RBI sacrifice fly in the top third inning to extend Saints' lead to 11-1.
PC plated six runs in the top fourth inning. Angielski hit a 3-run home run as Presentation's lead grew to 17-1.
DSU ended their scoring drought with four runs scored in the bottom fourth. Mullins led off with a single. Brad Frandsen followed up with a walk and advanced Mullins to third base. Trey Randel hit a single to set up a bases loaded situation for the Trojans.
Derek Hoefert recorded an RBI walk to score Mullins as the Trojans trailed 17-2. Proudlove added an RBI single to score Frandsen as DSU trimmed PC's lead to 17-3. Boyd hit an RBI double to score Hoefert, followed by Sutera's RBI single to score Boyd as Dakota State trailed 17-5 after four innings.
Youngchild hit a 2-run home run in the top fifth as Presentation's lead increased to 20-5.
The Trojans scored once in the bottom fifth. Nagel led off with a single and swiped to second base. Frandsen added a single to advance Nagel to third base. Randel recorded an RBI fielder's choice to score Nagel as the Trojans reduced their deficit to 20-6.
Presentation plated three runs in the top sixth inning for 23-6 lead. The Trojans scored once caused by PC's defensive error (PC leads 23-7).
Austin Kominek and Waytt each hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to complete the final score.
Kemper and Boyd each had a double in the game for Dakota State. Sutera added two singles and drove in two runs. Mullins had two hits and an RBI. Proudlove, Randel and Nagel each had a hit and an RBI. Frandsen had a single. Boyd and Hoefert each registered an RBI. Boyd, Sutera, Kemper, Nagel, Mullins, Frandsen, Hoefert and Proudlove each scored once. Nagel swiped one base.
Youngchild went 3-of-5 at the plate with a home run, double, single and tallied four RBIs for Presentation. He scored four times. Angielski was 3-of-3 at the plate and recorded four RBIs. Tabor was also 3-of-3 at the plate with three RBIs. Guzman added two hits and two RBIs. Wyatt had two hits and four RBIs.
The Saints registered 20 hits in the game compared to the Trojans 10 hits. DSU recorded six defensive miscues compared to PC one defensive error. Presentation had nine runners left on base while Dakota State had six runners left on base.
Mettling (L, 0-4) recorded the loss after tossing three innings on the pitching mound for Dakota State. He gave up 11 runs (6 unearned) on nine hits. Randel pitched the final four innings in relief, allowing 13 runs (3 unearned) on 11 hits. He recorded four strikeouts.
Joey Wollman (W, 2-2) earned the victory for Presentation. He pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. Giovanni Arieta worked for 1 1/3 innings in relief, giving up a run on three hits. Ryan Barker worked the sixth inning and gave up a run. Alex Lunneborg closed the game by pitching a shutout seventh inning.
It was the final career collegiate baseball game for DSU's Mullins.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director