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DSU piles on runs to defeat Presentation

VALLEY CITY — Facing elimination and still burning from Friday’s walk-off loss, the Dickinson State baseball team opened the offensive flood gates to move forward in the Unaffiliated/ North Star-Frontier Conference Tournament.

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The Blue Hawks put a beating on Presentation College (S.D.) winning 14-2 on Saturday which featured a strong pitching performance from Eric Contreras.

Contreras threw a complete game with two runs on eight hits and walked three batters and struck out three.

Tied 1-1 in after the first inning, DSU broke away with a five-run second inning which included a two-run home run by Jordan Tescher. The third baseman went 3 for 5 with a homer, a double, three RBI and two runs.

Left fielder Chris Mjelstad also went 3 for 5 and added two runs and a RBI, while shortstop Joe Binstock and second baseman Jake Coyle each were 3 for 4 at the plate and combined for four runs and three RBI.

DSU wasn’t finished after the second inning and had two four-run innings in the fifth and eighth. The Blue Hawks capped off the game with a RBI single by Contreras, a double to left-center by Mjelstad which brought in Miles O’Donnell and a two-RBI single by Austin Taft.

The Saints two runs came in the first and eighth innings. In the first inning, starting pitcher Ryan Baldonado singled to bring in center fielder Chad Ellingson. Stephen Yant completed the scoring in the eighth with a RBI double.

Baldonado was 1 for 2 on the day with a run and RBI and Ellingson went 1 for 3 with a run. First baseman Tony Hofman was the only Saint with a multi-hit day, going 2 for 3 with a double.

Though he drove in one of Presentation’s runs, Baldonado didn’t have it easy on the pitching mound. He was taken out of the game after six runs on seven hits and three walks in two innings.

Brett Temme came in for relief and lasted five innings with five hits, four runs, four strikeouts and a walk. Four total pitchers were used and the last, Kyle McLean, was the only one not to allow any runs and gave up one hit in 2/3 innings of work.

DSU will play or Valley City State at 2 p.m. today.

DSU 150 040 04 — 14 17 0

PC 100 000 01 — 2 8 1

DSU, Eric Contreras and Ryan Risse. PC, Ryan Baldonado, Brett Temme (3), Jake Bunjovac (8), Kyle McLean (8) and Albert Castro.

W–Contreras. L–Baldonado. HR–DSU, Jordan Tescher.

Highlights: DSU, Tescher 3 for 5, HR, 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Chris Mjelstad 3 for 5, 2 runs, 2B, RBI; Joe Binstock 3 for 4, 3 runs, RBI, SB; Jake Coyle 3 for 4, 2 FRBI, run; Contreras 1 for 4, 2 RBI; Austin Taft 2 for 5, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Eric Seiler 1 for 2, run; Miles O’Donnell run. PC, Chad Ellingson 1 for 3, run; Baldonado 1 for 2, RBI; Ryan Wolf 1 for 1, run, 2B; Tony Hofman 2 for 3; Stephen Yant 1 for 1, RBI; Lane Hovde 1 for 3.