Dickinson had two solid pitching performances as bats came alive during nightcapThe Dickinson Roughriders had two solid pitching performances, but the bats didn’t wake up until the nightcap.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson Roughriders had two solid pitching performances, but the bats didn’t wake up until the nightcap.
The Roughriders dropped the opening game against Jamestown Post 14 2-0 and finished the day with a 5-1 win in an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Friday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark.
“I’m real happy with the pitchers,” Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. “My basic focus is pitching, defense and timely hits. We couldn’t get any timely hits in the first game. It’s just a baseball thing, it happens.”
In the opener, Korey Kallenbach took the mound for the first time this season for Dickinson (1-3). He threw seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs. Kallenbach said he was pleased with his performance.
“My control was pretty good, but in the middle innings I let up a couple runs. I didn’t have all my control,” Kallenbach said. “I was able to throw my curveball for most of the game. I was feeling pretty good for my first outing.”
Jamestown’s Kasey Gengler was opposite on the mound and grabbed the win, throwing five innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.
“I was just basically trying to throw a lot of strikes,” Gengler said. “I wanted to make them put the ball in play and just let the defense do their job.”
Gengler’s run support started in the second inning with a Riley Schafer RBI single to score Ben Walz. Jamestown added its second run in the third inning as Tyler Ukestad shot a single to center field past diving shortstop Taylor Kraenzel to score a run.
On the flipside, the Roughriders weren’t able to get that key base hit to drive in a run. Dickinson had bases loaded with no outs in the fourth inning when Brady Dutchak grounded into a double play. Gengler gave credit to the defensive effort.
“They played great,” Gengler said. “They made all the plays, I trust them.”
Kallenbach knew the bats were going to come alive at some point in time and that showed in the second game.
“We had a couple of solid hits that were right to people,” Kallenbach said. “Hopefully that will turn around for us and get some hits later in big situations.”
The Roughriders scored three runs in the first inning of the second game. Kallenbach, Kraenzel and James Kary all crossed home plate in the inning.
That was all the run support Aaron Berg needed. Berg threw seven innings, allowing one run and striking out five.
“Aaron Berg did the exact same thing and followed up right where Korey left off,” Hansen said. “He was hitting his spots and his placement was good.”
Jake Stilwell took the loss for the Jamestown (1-3). Danny Fischer made his second relief appearance of the day as he also came in to relieve Gengler in the opener.
Dickinson added two more runs in the third inning, while Jamestown scored its lone run of the game on a Landon Weiser RBI single in the fifth.
“The one thing I’ve tried to stress is getting good jumps,” Shane Shoeneberg said. “I thought we did a pretty good job at that. We only had three hits, but it’s still early in the season. It’s an adjustment switching from wood bats to metal bats.”
The Roughriders got in the win column and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. They travel to West Fargo for a doubleheader against West Fargo starting at 12 p.m. today. West Fargo won the Class A high school state championship last weekend.
“We’re in for a ball game or two there,” Hansen said. “We’ve got some young guys that are going to go on the mound. Hopefully we’re throwing strikes and we’re not getting ourselves in a pitch or it could be a long day.”
James. 011 000 0 — 2 5 3
Dickinson 000 000 0 — 0 4 4
Kasey Gengler, Danny Fischer (6) and Joey Gebhardt. Korey Kallenbach and Brady Dutchak. W–Gengler (1-0). L–Kallenbach (0-1). HR–None.
Highlights: J, Ben Walz 1-for-3, run; Riley Schafer 1-for-3, RBI; Jake Stilwell 1-for-3, BB, run; Tyler Ukestad 1-for-3, RBI; Brady Anderson 1-for-4, 2 SB. D, Tanner Hopfauf 1-for-1, 2B; Aaron Berg 1-for-2; Brett Schweitzer 1-for-3; Cole Anderson 1-for-3.
James. 000 010 0 — 1 3 2
Dickinson 302 000 x — 5 8 2
Stilwell, Fischer (5) and Brett Mayer. Berg and Mark Erickson. W–Berg (1-0). L–Stilwell (0-1). HR–None.
Highlights: J, Fischer 1-for-4; Landon Weiser 1-for-3, RBI, BB; Schafer 1-for-3, run. D, James Kary 1-2-for-4, 2 runs; Alex Huschka 0-for-2, RBI, run; Cole Anderson 1-for-4, RBI; Kallenbach 1-for-3, run, BB; Taylor Kraenzel 1-for-2, 2 BB, run; Hopfauf 1-for-4.
Records: J 1-3 D 1-3