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Midgets cruise, then gather themselves in sweep of Bismarck

Dickinson's Austin Boswell delivers a pitch Thursday at Astoria Field against Bismarck High. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

There were six runs on two hits with 10 batters sent to the plate, plus four wild pitches, two passed balls and an error all in the bottom of the first.

Then, in the second frame, there were 14 batters, five hits and eight runs.

Then it was over.

In what was slated to be a five inning affair — the first leg of a doubleheader against Bismarck High School on Thursday at Astoria Field — the 10-run rule was put in effect after just three innings, and the final ended up being 14-0.

That's the kind of quick work Dickinson and head coach Pete Dobitz made of Bismarck.

The second game wasn't quite as neat, and it lasted a disproportionate two and a half hours, but it was still a victory for the Midgets, this one an 11-9 holdoff of the Demons after DHS jumped ahead 7-0 in the first two innings.

Perhaps the best part, at least in the first game for Dobitz, was that he saved a slew of pitching for today, when Dickinson heads to Minot for a doubleheader.

"It really helps us, because tomorrow we have to go to Minot, a big couple of games, and now Cam will have the ability to start for us. It really worked out on the pitching side," said Dobitz. "The attitude was, 'Let's get done with that game and move on to the second game."

Cam Jorda started the first game, and threw a 10-pitch, three groundball out, 1-2-3 first inning. He didn't see the mound again, as Austin Boswell came in to toss the next two, allowing one hit and two baserunners. His final putout ended the contest at one hour and eight minutes, less than half the time of the second game.

He finished with the victory.

The Demons, who started Nick Carter, actually got the first out of the first inning, when Lucas Jones grounded to second base. But the Midgets put the next five on base, four by bases on balls.

Boswell, hitting in the seven hole, drove in a run by a fielder's choice; Shawn Steffan followed that up with a two-run triple, Kendall Jones reached on an error, and the inning finally ended when Lucas Jones grounded out again.

BHS' Carter pitched into the second, but walked one, hit one and then gave up a single before getting the hook.

Kayden Glatt relieved him but found similar trouble with the Midget starting lineup, facing 11 batters before finally getting that third out.

"I was a little surprised I got pulled so early, but under the circumstances, it was right," Jorda said. "Our bats were firing, no reason to waste an arm."

Jorda went 3 for 3 in the first game, collecting two RBI. He finished with four hits, two RBI and 10 pitches thrown.

He also made the final out of the day—a sharply hit grounder to third, which he fielded, then won a sprint to third base to force out the Demon on second.

That ended a much sloppier game, in which Dickinson nearly blew an early 7-0 lead.

"The boys kind of hit the coast button," Dobitz said. "They maybe tried to cruise, but tip your hat to Bismarck, they hit the ball, made it tighter."

BHS got one back in the third, then three in the fourth and five in the sixth.

Tanner Ouellette started for DHS, going 5 ⅓ innings for the eventual win, leaving with the bases loaded. Colton Jones relieved him and had his own struggles, finally forcing a pop up to end the inning with a 10-9 edge.

The Midgets added another insurance run in the sixth, before Dawson Dutchak came on to close the game at 11-9.

"Dawson does that, he throws balls around the zone," Dobitz said. "He's going to let his defense work."

Dickinson High 14, Bismarck High 0

BHS 000 — 0 1 0

DHS 68X — 14 8 0

Nicolas Carter (1.0), Kayden Glatt (1.0) and Walker Berg and Shane Siverson. Cam Jorda (1.0), Austin Boswell (2.0) and Chase Ballard.

W—Boswell. L—Carter. HR—None.

Highlights: BHS, Carter 1-1, 1 IP, 4 H, 9 R (9 ER), 0 K, 5 BB; Glatt 1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (5 ER), 0 K, 4 BB. DHS, Jorda 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R; Tanner Ouellette 1-1, 3 R, 2 RBI; Boswell 1-2, 2 R, 3 RBI; Shawn Steffan 1-1, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI.

Dickinson High 11, Bismarck High 9

BHS 001 305 0 — 9 12 4

DHS 250 211 X — 11 7 3

Alexander Krug (1.2), Elias McCloud (4.0), Nathaniel Burkhardsmeier (0.1) and Walker Berg. Tanner Ouellette (5.1), Colton Jones (.2), Dawson Dutchak (1.0) and Chase Ballard.

W—Ouellette. L—Krug. HR—None.

Highlights: BHS, Andrew Feist 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Will Madler 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI; Berg 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; Glatt 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI; McCloud 2-4, 2 R. DHS, Shawn Stoltz 1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Eli Jung 2-4, 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI; Cam Jorda 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI; Treven Hopfauf 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI; Ouellette 5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 7 R (5 ER), 7 K, 1 BB.

Samuel Evers

Sam covers Dickinson State athletics for The Press. He is a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, where former President Barack Obama once lived, and is a 2015 graduate of Emerson College in Boston. He likes basketball, newspapers, Gil Scott Heron and sneakers, among a few other things.  Before The Press, he worked as an assistant in the sports department at The Boston Globe.

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