Mandan shuts out Dickinson, wins in 7 inningsThe Dickinson Roughriders played five solids innings, giving them a chance to knock off division-leading Mandan.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson Roughriders played five solids innings, giving them a chance to knock off division-leading Mandan.
It wasn’t until the Chiefs came into the sixth inning that the runs started to pile up. Mandan defeated Dickinson 12-0 in seven innings of a scheduled nine-inning American Legion baseball game.
“Mandan’s a team were you can’t make mistakes,” Dickinson head coach Andy Emard said. “They’re number one in the standings for a reason. I thought for five innings we played well.”
After winning five of six on their recent rode trip the Roughriders (11-16, 6-8 statewide) were hoping for a different outcome.
“The three-game road trip, I thought we played the way we should,” Emard said. “Those were definitely teams that we can compete against.”
Scott Gordon took the mound for the Roughriders, throwing four innings allowing two runs, while striking out three.
Jay Flaa tossed 6Xc innings allowing just three hits and striking out nine batters. Jacob Friesz got the final out securing the Mandan victory.
“This is probably Jay’s best outing of the year,” Mandan head coach Ryne Jungling said. “He threw strikes and mixed it up a lot and that really helped him command the game.”
The Chiefs (28-11, 14-2 statewide) tallied 14 hits, while Dickinson came up with three. It was a spotless defensive day for Mandan. The Chiefs had no errors compared to the Roughriders’ four.
“Just to be able to take advantage of those errors, that’s big,” Jungling said. “Sometimes you’re not going to take advantage of that and to be able to take advantage was big.”
Both pitchers each had one-two-three innings to start the game. Gordon continued to shut down batters in the second picked up two of his three strikeouts.
Dickinson’s Taylor Thiel and Sean Kelly had the game’s opening hits in the second inning with a pair of singles. However, the threat was quickly ended when Aaron Berg struck out.
Flaa reached third base in the third inning but was held up when Dickinson got out of the inning.
He took out his frustrations on the Roughriders, striking out two consecutive batters and collected a ground out to end the inning.
“The velocity was just overmatching right off the bat,” Emard said. “If our hitters are trying to be on time with four different pitches, with his velocity, we will be overmatched.”
Mandan’s Brett Bryan opened the fourth by ripping a double down the third base line and scored on Aaron Janz’s RBI double. Dwight Mack launched a RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Reid Jungling, who singled after Bryan’s double.
“Our goal was to get on top of them early,” Ryne Jungling said. “It took us a few innings to do it. It would have been nice to score in the first three innings, but when we did score we were able to score in bunches.”
Dickinson went quietly in the fourth and both teams didn’t find any offense in the fifth as Berg came into pitch for Gordon.
Mandan found its offensive groove in the sixth, scoring five runs. Reid Jungling started the inning off with a double to left. Mack drove in Jungling on a RBI single, following another single by Trevor Huck.
The error bug hit the Roughriders at an inopportune time on back-to-back fly balls to left. The Chiefs made those errors count.
Tanner Schaf, Mandan’s No. 9 hitter, ripped a two-run single just past the first baseman. Brett Stoltz drove in the final run of the sixth on a RBI single to left.
Dickinson appeared to have threat in the sixth, but Flaa stuck out Grant Dvorak to end the inning with two on base.
In the seventh, Berg took a comebacker from Mack off the shin to score Janz, who reached on an error. The Dickinson pitcher finished out the game.
A three-run home run by Friesz highlighted the Chiefs’ seventh inning. Reid Jungling drove in the final run with a RBI single to center.
For the Chiefs, Jungling had three hits including one RBI and scoring two runs. Friesz scored two runs on one hit and three RBIs.
Dickinson is off until Monday, when they host Miles City, Mont., for a nonconference doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
Mandan 000 205 5 — 12 14 0
Dickinson 000 000 0 — 0 3 4
Scott Gordon and Jay Flaa. Aaron Berg and Jacob Friesz. W–Flaa. L–Gordon. HR–Friesz.
Highlights: M, Brett Bryan 2B; Aaron Janz 2B; Reid Jungling 2B.