Jungling, Chiefs batter RoughridersReid Jungling hasn’t had many games like he had Friday night at Southside Municipal Ballpark. In fact, he doesn’t think he ever has.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Reid Jungling hasn’t had many games like he had Friday night at Southside Municipal Ballpark.
In fact, he doesn’t think he ever has.
The Mandan first baseman hit a grand slam, a three-run homer and tacked on a run with a sacrifice fly to finish with eight RBI and lead the state-standings leading Chiefs to a 21-8 victory over the Dickinson Roughriders in a statewide American Legion baseball game.
“I’ve had problems chasing pitches that weren’t mine,” Jungling said. “Tonight was a good job of sitting back and waiting for my pitch and getting a good swing off.”
Jungling hit his homer in the second inning, had the sacrifice fly in the sixth and crushed his grand slam to center field on the first pitch of his at-bat in the seventh.
His slam proved to be quite decisive as it helped the Chiefs close out the game in seven innings via the 10-run rule.
Dickinson made a small rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs off three hits and two walks, and would have stretched the game into the eighth if not for Jungling’s blast.
Grant Dvorak had a two-run double and Tevin Rettig-Papineau added a run on a sacrifice fly for Dickinson’s first out against reliever Trent Kruckenberg.
However, Mandan coach Ryne Jungling soon after pulled Kruckenberg for Aaron Janz, who faced three Dickinson batters and sent his team home two innings early.
“If you swing the bat, you’re going to hit the ball,” said Rettig-Papineau, who opened the scoring for Dickinson in the fourth with a two-run homer to straightaway center. “We can hit the ball as a team, really well, so anytime we start barreling it up, we’re going to score a lot of runs.”
Dickinson had eight hits. Dvorak was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Scott Gordon had two RBI, one of them on a bases-loaded walk.
Mandan, meanwhile, piled on 17 hits and got help from five Dickinson errors.
Reid Jungling’s three-run homer contributed to a five-run second inning while Jay Flaa added a three-run homer in the third and an RBI double during a five-run fourth.
“It’s nice when they get started early,” Ryne Jungling said. “It takes the pressure off the rest of the lineup. It was good to see the big guys in the middle do some damage today.”
Dickinson coach Andy Emard reiterated his belief that things will get better for his team as the season wears on.
The Roughriders (6-13, 1-5 state) have lost five in a row and host the Bismarck Governors at 7 p.m. today. They now have three weeks remaining in the regular season.
“We’ve got to get better every day at some facet of the game,” Emard said. “We got better at some facets of the game today. Our approaches at the plate were a lot better in the second half of the game.
“We’re going to be playing our best baseball at the end of the year, and that’s a solemn promise from me,” Emard said.
Mandan 153 503 3 — 21 17 2
Dickinson 000 220 4 — 8 8 5
Brett Bryan, Trent Kruckenberg (7), Aaron Janz (7) and Dwight Mack. Brodie Candrian, Grant Dvorak (4) and Brady Dutchak. W–Bryan. L–Candrian. HR–M, Reid Jungling 2; D, Tevin Rettig-Papineau.
Highlights: M, Jungling 2-for-4, HR, GS, 8 RBI, 3 runs; Jay Flaa 3-for-5, 4 RBI, 3 runs; Kruckenberg 3-for-5, RBI, 2 runs; Janz 2-for-6, 2 RBI; Mack 2-for-3, RBI, 2 runs; Bryan 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 7 K, 3 BB. D, Brett Braunagel 2-for-4, run; Sean Kelly 2-for-5, 2 runs; Taylor Thiel 1-for-4; Scott Gordon 1-for-3, 2 RBI, run; Grant Dvorak 2-for-3, 3 RBI, run; Rettig-Papineau 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI.
Records: Mandan 18-7, 8-1 state; Dickinson 6-13, 1-5 state.