In their home finale, the Dickinson Roughriders fell in both of their games in a doubleheader to the West Fargo Patriots on Friday, July 19th at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark. West Fargo took game one convincingly by a score of 14-4, while game two was a 5-2 Patriot win that came down to the final two innings.
West Fargo (22-16) knocked Dickinson starter Carson Weiler around to begin game one. The visitors scored five runs on five hits in the top of the first. They batted around the lineup in the inning and leadoff hitter Quade Peters even stepped up to the plate twice in the inning.
The Roughriders (19-20) showed resilience as they battled back to put two runs on the board in the bottom half of the frame. Right fielder Aiden Haich drove in third baseman Troy Berg and second baseman Cody Meier with a single. However, as Dickinson threatened to score more Haich was picked off at second base to end the inning.
Dickinson had difficulty mustering much offense afterwards, sending only three batters to the box through three of the next four innings. In the sixth, Tristen Brunk, who didn’t start the game, doubled to score relief pitcher Isaac Daly and Haich.
West Fargo kept adding runs until they put the game away in the top half of the seventh. First baseman Ryan Reynolds singled with the bases loaded, bringing home shortstop Alex Urlaub and right fielder Carter Dodd. Two more runs were added on before the frame ended.
In the second game of the afternoon, Jaren Hugelen for the Roughriders and Dustin Mertz for the Patriots both pitched fantastic.
“Jaren threw great and kept us in the game,” Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “We just need to get timely hits. For whatever reason, we have been struggling to get timely hits with runners in scoring position.”
After Hugelen drove in a run in the first and Mertz drove in a run in the third, the game remained knotted at 1-1 until the sixth inning. Forced to come out two runners on base, Hugelen was replaced by Logan Bentz, who relinquished three consecutive RBI hits, making the score 5-1 in favor of the Patriots.
In the bottom half of the inning, Mertz was pulled in similar situation as Hugelen. The bases were loaded, but relief pitcher Addison Krank was able to mitigate Roughrider damage. Meier recorded a sacrifice fly to close the deficit to 5-2, but Hugelen fanned with the bags full to end the scoring threat.
“We were in a good position,” said Frenzel. “We had Berg and Meier up (at the plate) and timely hits would get us right back in that game.”
In their final half inning, Dickinson went three up, three down to end the game.
The Roughriders are back in action on Sunday afternoon. With a chance to qualify for the state tournament, they will travel to Fargo Post 2 for their final regular season games of the summer. If unsuccessful on the road, Dickinson will likely need a victory in the state play-in game slated for Monday.
WFP: 522 100 4 (14)(14)0
DRR: 200 002 0 451
W— Brayden Jacobson L— Carson Weiler HR— Lance Oster
DRR: Aiden Haich 2-2, 2RBI, R; Logan Bentz 1-2, BB, SB; Carson Weiler 3+IP, 9H 8ER, 10R, K, 4BB; Jaren Hugelen 2IP, 2H, HBP; Isaac Daly 2IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, K, 2BB, 2HBP. WFP: Quade Peters 2-5, R; Lance Oster 2-3, 2RBI, HBP, R, BB,HR; Carter Dodd 1-4, 2RBI, BB; Brayden Jacobson 5 ⅔ IP, 3H 4R, 4ER, 4BB, 6K, Abe Hestdalen 1 ⅓ IP, 2H, 2K.
WFP: 001 004 0 5(10)0
DRR: 100 001 0 261
W— Dustin Mertz L— Jaren Hugelen S— Addison Krank
DRR: Aiden Haich 2-2, BB; Cody Meier 0-3, R, RBI; Jaren Hugelen 1-3, RBI, 5 ⅓ IP, 3R, 3ER, 7H, K, BB, 2HBP; Logan Bentz 1 ⅔ IP, 2R, 2ER, 3H, K. WFP:Ryan Froemke 2-3, RBI, R, Nolan Dodds 1-2, 2RBI, HBP, Dustin Mertz 5 ⅔ IP, 5H 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K, Addison Krank 1 ⅓ IP, K.