Roughriders advance at Central Plains RegionalMINNETONKA, Minn. — Two and barbecue? Not this team.
MINNETONKA, Minn. — Two and barbecue?
Not this team.
The Dickinson Roughriders kept their season alive with an 8-1 victory over Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 in loser-out action at the Central Plains Regional Friday at Veterans Field.
Dickinson moves onto Day 3 and meets the loser of this morning’s contest between Dubuque Post 6 (Iowa) and Pittsburg (Kan.) Post 64, which couldn’t be played on Friday because of a six-hour morning rain delay that threw off the entire schedule. The Riders are tentatively scheduled to play at 5 p.m.
Dickinson coach Andy Emard said scoring four runs in the top of the first helped the Roughriders, immensely.
“It really helped relax the guys,” Emard said, “and get back to playing the same game we’ve played all year.”
A sizzling performance from left-hander Eric Seiler led the way. Seiler was brilliant, hurling a three-hitter and allowing just one run in the nine-inning effort.
“I’d say this is one of my stronger games,” Seiler said. “It seemed like everything was working for me. I had good control and was finding the zone. Everything felt like it was going right today.”
Seiler walked two and struck out four, giving up Rapid City’s only run in the fourth inning.
“He’s thrown well all year,” Emard said. “He kept his pitch count down better than he has all year. He did a good job down in the zone, changed speeds real well and put quite a bit of run on his fastball so they couldn’t lock down on one pitch.”
Seiler aided his own cause with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, scoring two runs and also reaching on a walk.
“When (the first) guy gets on, it’s a confidence thing,” Seiler said. “It’s contagious.”
Seiler led off the game with a single up the middle and was moved over when Stephen Laylock drew a walk. A wild pitch advanced both runners and Seiler eventually scored the game’s first run when Ben Herauf reached on an error. No. 5 hitter Tyler Steffan drove in Laylock on an RBI single and Michael Steve drilled a single to right field that scored two runs. Dickinson had a 4-0 lead when the first-inning damage was done, more than enough for Seiler.
“They were picking each other up,” Emard said. “When someone would have a lapse, someone else would pick them up.”
Seiler said nobody on the team is ready to go home.
“Nobody wants the season to end,” Seiler said. “We came out and gave it our all and it went the way we wanted it to.”
Dickinson took a 6-0 lead in the second when Ben Herauf had a two-RBI single to left field to plate Seiler and Laylock. The Riders added one more run in the third and another in the seventh. Though they did score eight runs, it could have been more as Dickinson stranded 11 runners. Seiler also got plenty of help from his defense, which turned four double plays in the game.
“My defense ended up getting some big double plays,” Seiler said. “They were helping me out and making big plays.”
Steve finished 3-for-3 with two walks while Steffan, Laylock and Tommy Peters all had two hits for Dickinson, which improved to 39-10.
Rapid City starter Dana Hill was relieved in the third inning after allowing six runs. Post 22 used five pitchers, was led at the plate by Kolton Emery’s double and ends its season at 43-21.
Dickinson 8, Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 1
Dickinson 421 000 100 — 8 13 0
Rapid City 000 100 000 — 1 3 2
Eric Seiler and Michael Steve. Dana Hill, Tanner Chleborud (3), Thane Lees (6), Brad Horan (7), Kyle Gorsuch (8) and Brock Thomas, Hill (3). W—Seiler. L—Hill.
Highlights: D, Seiler 9 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 0 HB, 4 K, 2-for-4, 2 runs, walk; Michael Steve 3-for-3, 2 walks, 2 RBI; Tyler Steffan 2-for-5, RBI, 2 runs; Stephen Laylock 2-for-4, 2B, 2 runs, HBP; Tommy Peters 2-for-4, run, walk; Ben Herauf 1-for-5, 2 RBI; Caleb Burgard 1-for-5, 2B. RC, Kolton Emery 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; Brock Thomas 1-for-2, 2B; Jarrett Jenson 1-for-3.