Roughriders sweep Blue Devils, outscoring them 25-14
In the first game of an American Legion doubleheader against the Glendive Blue Devils, the Dickinson Roughriders created their own opportunities while capitalizing on their opponent's mishaps.
Dickinson made the visitors from Montana pay for committing several errors, capturing an 8-2 victory.
Runs were not at a premium in the nightcap as the two teams traded runs of a back and forth, high-scoring affair. The Roughriders scored at least two runs in every inning, collecting the sweep following a 17-12 win on Tuesday, July 10 from the Dakota Community Bank and Trust.
"Just really proud of the boys right now," Dickinson head coach Stephen Greenwood said. "At the beginning of the year, we told them that it was going to be a process, it's going to be a grind because we needed to be a lot better than we were. We don't have the talent, but we can do some different stuff to give us the edge. I said 'trust the process,' and it's starting to come around and they are reaping the benefits right now."
In the opener, the Roughriders lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning.
Joseph Pavek led off the frame with a sharp line drive to right field. Blue Devils right fielder Zach Harris booted the ball, allowing Pavek to reach third base. Colton Jones next flied out to right, but Harris' throw to home, which initially kept Pavek from tagging, reached the backstop. Without anyone backing up home plate, Pavek scored the game's first run with ease.
Three batters later, starting pitcher Sam England added to the lead with a bouncing ground ball RBI single, scoring Justin Berger from second.
Highlighted by an infield double off the bat of first baseman Jayden Holley, Glendive tied the game in the top of the second, but the deadlock was short-lived as Dickinson managed to manufacture more offense.
Tristen Brunk and Kobe Krenz singled to begin the bottom of the second. Nick Deschamp moved the runners over with a sound sacrifice bunt.
With the top of the order back at the plate, the Roughriders regained the lead on a Pavek RBI groundout. Dickinson was later gifted a run during Jones' second plate appearance when a toss from Glendive catcher Cade Dockter back to the mound was off-target. Krenz, standing at third, alertly raced toward home and barely beat Dockter's tag.
Dickinson would put the game away in the fifth, bringing nine batters to the plate and scoring four runs with the help of three Glendive errors.
That run support was more than England and reliever Jaren Hugelen needed as the duo snatched control in the middle innings. England retired the last six batters he faced, giving way to Hugelen to start the fifth.
Aided by a terrific diving stop by Krenz at second in the top of the sixth, Hugelen sat down the first five hitters he faced before Blue Devils shortstop Tyler Clapp reached with a walk.
The Dickinson arms struggled to find any command in game two.
Starting pitcher Isaac Gjerde faced ten batters, allowing three runs before handing the ball to Berger with a man on in the top of the second. Berger only lasted into the third as Glendive plated five.
Trailing 10-6 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Roughriders rocketed ahead with seven runs on only one base hit. Landon Aman gave the home team the lead, scoring on a wild pitch. Krenz and Pavek padded the lead, crossing the plate on back-to-back errors.
Dickinson Roughriders 8, Glendive Blue Devils (Mont.) 2
GBD 020 000 0 — 2
DR 220 040 x — 8
Dickinson Roughriders 17, Glendive Blue Devils (Mont.) 12
GBD 305 202 0 — 12
DR 222 722 x — 17
Full stats weren't available at press time.