Huschka, Midgets slow SaintsDickinson High’s Alex Huschka was cool, calm and collected on the mound throughout Tuesday’s entire game.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Dickinson High’s Alex Huschka was cool, calm and collected on the mound throughout Tuesday’s entire game.
The junior led the Dickinson High baseball team to a West Region conference win over Bismarck St. Mary’s 6-1 at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Midgets went for the sweep winning the nonconference game 3-2.
“I just felt in control,” Huschka said. “I just tried to slow everything down and hit my spots.”
The Midgets (11-7, 6-3 West) got back to their winnings ways after taking a tough 5-2 loss against West Region top-seed Bismarck Century on Saturday. Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said it’s a matter now of fixing mistakes from previous game experiences.
“We’re halfway through the season now,” he said. “We’re seeing teams for the second time. Now is where we take the mistakes we’ve made and lessons we learned and we improve on it.”
Huschka threw seven innings, allowing one run and striking out seven. The junior didn’t falter with runners on base. He threw two big strikeouts to end the fourth and sixth innings with runners on base.
“This is second outing in a row that he’s looked really good,” Dobitz said. “He threw up in Williston and didn’t make it seven innings up there, but he wanted it here. In the dugout, we were talking about pitch count and he said he wanted to close it out in the seventh.”
Just like The Beatles, Huschka had a little help from his friends.
D.J. Wiseman and Korey Kallenbach each had diving catches in the outfield that would have resulted in extra bases. Brett Braunagel, who normally plays left field, but was in right because Huschka was on the mound, said the outfielders pride themselves on errorless innings.
“I don’t think we have any errors all year besides throwing,” Braunagel said. “We get good reads and our outfield is one of our strong points.”
Braunagel had a key single to right field that drove in two runs in the third inning.
The Midgets scored four runs in the third and that was the only hiccup for opposing pitcher Preston Tescher. Dickinson’s Mason Schiff and Huschka both drove in runs during the inning.
“I was seeing the ball really well today,” Braunagel said. “The weather was really nice and there was no wind, so there wasn’t really anything else to worry about.”
The Saints’ senior pitcher threw six innings, allowing five runs and striking out four. Jacob Brucker came on in relief to throw the final inning for St. Mary’s (6-12, 3-6 West).
“It just took him (Tescher) a little too long to find the strike zone,” St. Mary’s head coach Reid Flaagan said. “Sometimes he gets a little too hyped up and it takes him a little while to settle down.”
The Midgets scored one run in the first inning and added an insurance run in the sixth after junior Brady Dutchak ripped a triple to the right-field fence. He later scored on a wild pitch by Brucker.
In the second game, Dickinson scored three runs in the second inning and that’s all pitchers Austin Fitterer and Kevin Breen needed. The two combined to give up two runs over five innings.
Taylor Kraenzel led the offensive attack, going 2-for-2 with a double. Taylor Thiel and Mark Erickson each tallied a hit.
For the Saints, Tate Barnhart threw five innings and allowed three runs. Trent Bohan and Will Renner each supplied a RBI.
The Midgets now hit the road, taking on West Region opponent Jamestown at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
“I think we just have to keep working harder to get to the top of the WDA and that’s our goal,” Huschka said.
St. Mary’s 000 001 0 — 1 3 0
Dickinson 104 001 x — 6 4 2
Preston Tescher, Jacob Brucker (7) and Brandt Haskell and Tescher. Alex Huschka and Brady Dutchak. W–Hushka (2-0). L–Tescher. HR–None.
Highlights: SM, Brucker 1-for-3, run; Trent Boham 1-for-4, 2B; Tyler Famias 1-for-3. D, Brett Braunagel 1-for-3, 2 RBI; James Kary 1-for-3, run; Dutchak 1-for-2, 3B, run; Mason Schiff 0-for-1, 2 runs; 2 RBI; Taylor Thiel 1-for-4, run; Dylan Skabo 0-for-1, 3BB, 2 runs, RBI.
St. Mary’s 002 00 — 2 4 0
Dickinson 030 0x — 3 6 1
Tate Barnhart and Haskell. Austin Fitterer, Kevin Breen (4) and Mark Erickson. W–Fitterer. L–Barnhart. HR–None.
Highlights: SM, Bohan 1-for-3, RBI; Will Renner 1-for-2, RBI; Cody Feist 1-for-2. D, Thiel 1-for-2; Taylor Kranzel 2-for-2, 2B; Erickson 1-for-2, 2B.
Records: D 11-7, 6-3 West; SM 6-12, 3-6 West.