Dickinson Legion starting pitcher Carson Weiler was in a jam.
In the top of the sixth, Newcastle, Wyo. loaded the bases with one out. After second baseman Aiden Haich caught a routine fly, the Roughriders were one out away from keeping the visitors off the board. With shortstop Cade Ostensen at the plate, Weiler struck out his seventh batter of the ball game, escaping the jam and maintaining the shutout.
"Have my confidence and throw the pitch I knew was working well," Weiler said of his approach against Ostensen. "(The catcher) actually gave me a fastball, but I shook it off and said let me throw a curveball. It worked and we struck him out."
Weiler threw all six innings in the Roughriders 10-0 victory. It was the second straight game Dickinson has won by a 10-run rule. Game two was more competitive, but Dickinson still came out on top, defeating the Longhorns 7-4.
In game two, starter Isaac Gjerde threw into the fifth, and considering Dickinson's jam-packed schedule, head coach Tyler Frenzel was glad his pitchers lasted as long as they did.
"We got a lot of games coming up in a short amount of days. We needed Carson and Isaac both to have good performances and they did," Frenzel said. "That was big for us."
The three base runners in the sixth were the most Newcastle generated in any inning during game one. Weiler walked catcher Luke Harris to start the frame, and following a fly out to center, he gave up back-to-back singles to load the bags.
Second baseman Zach Provience singled to the small gap between second, shortstop and center, while third baseman Cameron Williams blooped the ball to shallow right center.
The Roughriders plated six runs in the sixth to initiate the 10-run rule.
Landon Aman led things off with a single, but was thrown out at second while first baseman Isaac Daley reached on a fielder's choice. Dawson Dassinger and Cody Maier singled to load the bases for Troy Berg, who was beaned to bring in a run. Nathaniel Jilek singled on a line drive past the shortstop, bumping the score to 6-0. After Newcastle starting pitcher Peyton Tystad walked Haich, he was pulled and relieved by Josh Stevens.
Stevens allowed a runner to come in on a passed ball before a Kobe Krenz single scored the ninth run of the game.
When a fly ball by Weiler got by right fielder Nolan Turner, the 10th and final run of the game reached home.
In game two, the Roughriders struck first in the bottom of the fourth. Weiler led off with a single and Jilek drew a walk. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Haich brought them both home.
Newcastle took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth, though. Gjerde allowed a lead-off single before walking three straight batters to push a run in.
Kobe Krenz took over on the mound, and he too walked a run in before RBIs from Ostensen and Sawyer Robertson extended the advantage to 4-3.
"It was everything. Being smart, taking pitches, it often leads to scoring runs," Newcastle head coach Schane Man said. "We've been having a tough time all day finding holes and hitting the ball. We started to find some holes, I think. When you get ahead in the count, good things can happen."
The Roughriders came back in the bottom of the frame. Berg and Jilek put up back-to-back singles and scored on a stand-up double from Haich. The second baseman finished the game with four RBI, as he drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to bring in the go-ahead run.
"Aiden is a stud," Frenzel said. "I saw him this winter and I was so impressed with him. I couldn't wait to have him this summer and I slotted him in right away. He's a guy we can rely on and count on. He's already moved up into our clean-up spot."
Dickinson 10, Newcastle (Wyo.) 0 (F/6)
N 000 000 X - 0 3 1
D 201 106 X - 10 10 1
N, Payton Tysted (6.1) Josh Stevens (0.2) and Luke Harris. D, Carson Weiler and Troy Berg.
W-Weiler. L-Tysted. HR-None.
Highlights: Payton Tysted 5 ⅓ 10 R (10 ER), 7 H. D, Weiler 6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 1-4, RBI; Maier 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, Berg 1-2, RBI, 3 R; Krenz 2-3, RBI; Dassinger H, 2R; Aman H.
Dickinson 7, Newcastle, Wyo. 4
N 000 040 0 - 4 3 0
D 002 023 X - 7 10 0
N, Cade Ostensen (5) Sawyer Roberson (1) and Luke Harris. Isaac Gjerde (4 ⅓), Krenz (1 ⅔), Berg (1) and Logan Bentz.
W-Krenz. L-Ostensen. HR-None.
Highlights: N, Ostensen 5 IP, 4 K, 4 BB. D, Haich 1-3, 2B, 4 RBI; Maier 2-4; Berg 3-4; Gjerde 4 ⅓ IP, 4 K, 4 BB.