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Schweitzer tosses no-hitter in Riders sweep

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson’s Brett Schweitzer pitches against Piedmont, S.D., Post 311 on Thursday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

Brett Schweitzer’s teammates made sure he knew his no-hitter was intact after the first inning.

They didn’t let Schweitzer forget it over the next four innings.

Schweitzer completed the five-inning no-hitter with four strikeouts in an 11-0 victory during the opening game against Piedmont, S.D., Post 311 on Thursday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

The Roughriders completed the sweep with a 3-1 win in the nightcap.

“Everyone started talking about it in the first inning,” Schweitzer said. “Every inning I would come in people would start saying, ‘Schweitzer you still have the no-hitter.’ It really never left my mind. I knew about it the whole time, but I didn’t focus on it. I just made my pitches and go outs.”

The right-handed starter didn’t have to worry about run support either. The Roughriders (15-5) piled on 11 runs in the first three innings — which included a five- and four-run second and third innings, respectively.

Schweitzer said after the run production, it was all about throwing strikes.

“When you have 11 runs through three innings and you are pitching with a lead, it makes it easy,” he said. “You don’t have to do as much. You just have to go out and win a ball game.”

Dickinson’s Michael McChesney led the charge in the first game going 2 for 3 with two doubles, three RBI and scored a run. Andrew Heckaman went a perfect 3 for 3, scored two runs and drove in one.

The scoring in the third inning was punctuated as McChesney ripped a two-run double to score Heckaman and Dylan Skabo. Mark Erickson drove in the games’ final run after he picked up a bases loaded walk to drive in Cole Anderson.

“We all had a really good approach and we all took that first-pitch fastball and drove it” McChesney said.

The smooth sailing in the first game wasn’t recreated in the nightcap.

Piedmont didn’t go away quietly. Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said the team was a little lackadaisical to start the night cap.

“We assume a lot,” he said. “We thought we were going to come out, blow the doors open and we didn’t do that. They hung around and hung around.”

Dickinson scored a run in the first inning when McChesney scored on a RBI groundout by Alex Huschka.

However, the Roughriders wouldn’t drive any more runs during the next four innings.

Luckily, Dickinson’s Kendall Jones didn’t allow many runs to cross the plate. Matt Steinlicht scored Piedmont’s lone run in the second game on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning.

The Roughriders answered in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs. Huschka opened the inning with a leadoff double to left field and scored on an error. Dylan Wallner reached and eventually scored on a pair of errors.

Dickinson and Piedmont return to the diamond to play one seven-inning game at noon today.

“We just need to realize that if we win one game, it’s not going to be the same the next game,” McChesney said. “We have to go 100 percent. We can’t stop working hard.”

Piedmont 000 00 — 0 0 1

Dickinson 254 0x — 11 10 1

Grady Grimshaw, Matt Steinlicht (3) and Conner Nedved. Brett Schweitzer and Andrew Heckaman.

W–Schweitzer. L–Grimshaw. HR–None.

Highlights: D, Schweitzer 5IP, 0H, 4K; Michael McChesney 2 for 3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, run; Heckaman 3 for 3, 2 runs, RBI; Dylan Skabo 1 for 2, 2 runs; Mark Erickson 1 for 2, RBI, run; Alex Huschka 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI; Cole Anderson 1 for 2, RBI, run; Lucas Jones 1 for 4, RBI, 2 runs; Dylan Wallner 2 runs; Luke Herauf RBI.

Piedmont 000 001 0 — 1 5 3

Dickinson 100 002 x — 3 3 0

Travis Mills and Conner Nedved. Kendall Jones and Mark Erickson.

W–Jones. L–Milles. HR–None.

Highlights: P, Mills 6IP, 3R, 3H, 6K; Matt Steinlicht 1 for 3, run; Nedved 1 for 3; Jake Henderson 1 for 3; Grady Grimshaw 1 for 3; Hunter Sluka 1 for 2. D, Jones 7IP, 5H, 1R, 7K; Michael McChesney 1 for 3, run; Alex Huschka 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, run; Brett Schweitzer 1 for 3; Dylan Wallner run.