Roughriders split in Miles City, will play for championship SundayMILES CITY, Mont. — The Dickinson Roughriders’ best attribute this season has been their ability to stick around.
MILES CITY, Mont. — The Dickinson Roughriders’ best attribute this season has been their ability to stick around.
Dickinson dropped its opening game Saturday 7-3 against Glasgow, Mont., but followed it up with a 2-1 win over Regina, Sask., at Harry Griffith Wood Bat Classic on.
“I thought we bounced back well in the second game,” Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. “These guys kind of redeemed themselves.
“We’ve been in every game that we’ve played. We always have a chance to win, but we don’t always come out with it. We’re a scary team if you let us hang around.”
The Roughriders (7-14) didn’t have a solid pitching performance in the opening game giving up 10 walks and hit four batters.
Dickinson’s Dylan Skabo had an unusual feat, hitting an inside-the-park home run.
However, in the second game in the words of Hansen, “Aaron Berg pitched a gem.”
Berg allowed one run on a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning and didn’t walk a batter.
“He hit his spots well,” Hansen said. “He got some key strikeouts. We didn’t walk anybody today, which was big.”
In turn, the offense was patient at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning as Dickinson won on a bases-loaded walk.
“Luke Herauf gave us a key hit up the middle in the fourth to give us a 1-0 lead,” Hansen said. “These guys hung in there.”
The Roughriders finished 3-1 in pool play and will play in the championship game Sunday.
“We ended up with a No. 2 seed and we’ll be playing in the championship,” Hansen said.