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Tough welcome home: Roughriders rally to win opener, drops nightcap against Jamestown

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson starting pitcher Brett Schweitzer, right, throws a pitch to Jamestown’s Ben Walz during the first game of an American Legion doubleheader on Tuesday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.1 / 2
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Cole Anderson, right, shakes hands with Roughriders head coach Cory Hansen after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning during the first game of an American Legion doubleheader on Tuesday at Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.2 / 2

After spending the last two and half weeks away from its home ballpark, the Dickinson Roughriders received a rude awakening from the Jamestown Post 14 Eagles.

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The Roughriders needed a late-inning rally to win the opening game 5-4 on Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark and Astoria Field.

Dickinson’s first five batters in the fifth inning crossed the plate as Cole Anderson scored the final run after hitting a two-run home run as the Roughriders won the opener over Jamestown. The Eagles managed to hold off Dickinson’s rallied in the nightcap winning 7-6.

“We started slow that first game and then when it came to later innings we definitely picked it up,” Anderson said. “We started slow, but ended strong.”

Brett Schweitzer, who went the distance on the mound for the win, allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out five. Schweitzer had three one-two-three innings during the first, third and seventh. He closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts.

However, during the the fourth and fifth innings, the Eagles scored four runs including RBI singles from Joey Gebhart and Nick Soulis. Gebhart led the Eagles going 2 for 3 and scored a pair of runs.

“I had confidence in all my pitches and the curveball wasn’t working how I expected to,” Schweitzer said. “I trusted it and put my faith into it. I just made pitches, go outs and relied on my defense.”

The Roughriders’ bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning as Lucas Jones, Tanner Ouellette and Tanner Hopfauf hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles. Ouellette and Alex Huschka were the only two batters with more than one hit. Anderson’s two-run home run — his first of the season — was the team’s lone extra-base hit.

“It’s nice to have a big inning like that and see guys get going,” Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. “We need to get a little more consistent throughout the game.”

During the second game, the Eagles scored a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the 7-6 win. Dickinson’s Dylan Wallner was tagged with the loss, while Jamestown’s Cody Horn picked up the win.

The Roughriders attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs. Anderson ripped a two-run single to left field to close the gap to 7-6, but with the bases loaded Dickinson couldn’t scratch across the game-tying or game-winning runs.

Over the next six days, the Roughriders have four home doubleheaders.

Dickinson continues its homestand with Williston at 5:30 p.m. today.

“It definitely nice having those home games, because we’ve been traveling so much lately,” Anderson said. “We get some rest. We get to sleep in a little bit, relax and rest our bodies up.”

Schweitzer signs to play for the Mystics

Schweitzer can’t remember how many times people have asked where he’s going to school in the fall.

He finally has a concrete answer.

Schweitzer signed to play baseball at Bismarck State College. The other schools Schweitzer was considering was Dickinson State, University of Jamestown and North Central University in Minneapolis.

“The playing time is what did it,” Schweitzer said about signing with BSC. “they need pitching and I feel like I can play at that next level. I’m glad that BSC gave that opportunity to do that.

“BSC was the fit for me and I’m glad that I made that decision.”

In the spring, Schweitzer finished with a 3-3 record and a 2.471 earned run average over 28 1/3 innings during his senior year with the Dickinson High baseball team. At the plate in the spring, he posted a team-best .400 average with five doubles, one home run, 18 RBI and scored 12 runs. He also picked up 16 walks and four hit by pitches for a .530 on-base percentage.

By going to BSC, Schweitzer will get to play baseball away from Dickinson, but still be close enough to home to come back.

“I wanted to get away from Dickinson and I want to experience life somewhere else,” he said. “Bismarck is a great town and I thought it would be a fun place to go for a couple years to play some ball.”

Jamestown 000 130 0 — 4 5 1

Dickinson 000 050 x — 5 9 1

Landon Weiser, Cody Horn (6) and Shaun Hogan, Joey Gebhart (6). Brett Schweitzer and Andrew Heckaman.

W–Schweitzer. L–Weiser. HR–D, Cole Anderson.

Highlights: J, Gebhart 2 for 4, RBI, 2 runs; Ben Walz 1 for 4; Tyler Ukestad 1 for 2, 2B; Tanner Lunsman 1 for 3, run; Weiser run. D, Anderson 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI, run; Tanner Ouellette 2 for 3, RBI; Alex Huschka 2 for 3; Tanner Hopfauf 1 for 3, RBI, run; Kendall Jones 1 for 3, run; Lucas Jones 1 for 4, RBI, run; Andrew Heckaman run.

Jamestown 111 002 2 — 7 6 1

Dickinson 100 300 2 — 6 6 3

Tyler Ukestad, Cody Horn (5), Nick Fuchs (6) and Joey Gebhart. Lucas Jones, Dylan Wallner (3), Tanner Ouellette (7) and Cole Anderson.

W–Horn. L–Wallner. HR–None.

Highlights: J, Tanner Lunsman 2 for 4; Ben Walz 1 for 2, 2 runs, 3 BB; Gebhart 1 for 4, 2 RBI; Ukestad 1 for 2, run; 2 BB; Horn 2 RBI. D, Anderson 2 for 4, 2 RBI, run; Tanner Hopfauf 1 for 3; Brett Schweitzer 1 for 3, RBI; Kendall Jones 1 for 3; Dylan Skabo 2 runs.