In what Belfield/South Heart Knights head coach Kurt Silbernagel said was the first time ever, the Class AA Dickinson Roughriders traveled 20 miles west to face off with the Class B Knights.
Dickinson came out swinging early and Belfield/South Heart had no answers in the seven inning contest en route to a 14-2 victory for the Roughriders.
“It is beneficial for both teams… We get to see quality pitching, hitting and all the way around,” Silbernagel said. “They get to play some kids that maybe don’t get to play as many innings… It is good on both ends. It is so close and it makes a lot of sense to play. I hope we can continue this. I know they have nothing to gain and we have nothing to lose, but hopefully if we can do this year after year our kids won’t be so intimidated going in and we can make a little bit better game of it.”
Isaac Daley started off the scoring, driving in Kobe Krenz and Carson Weiler as the Roughriders took a 4-0 lead after one frame and they then added three runs in the second and four more in the third to make the score 11-0.
Dickinson had a combined no-hitter going until the fifth frame when Cade Wyant singled on a grounder to right field driving in Tanner Obrigewitch who was the Knights first run of the game.
Xander Krump recorded a sacrifice fly scoring Preston Walter making the score 12-2.
Jaren Hugelen drove in two runs in the sixth frame and Daley plated another run to end the scoring in the contest.
“This is the first time we have ever played them and I don’t know if there is a solution to (nerves),” Silbernagel said. “I told our guys that these guys we are facing are all 16, 17, 18 years old like us. That doesn’t always sink in and they look at Dickinson and the AA and how well they have been doing this year. We came in a little bit tight and intimidated.”
Wyant, Krump and Shay Olson all recorded one hit each for the Knights, while Walter went the first four innings on the mound for them.
He gave up nine hits, 11 runs, eight of which were earned and struck out four.
Ian Silbernagel relieved him striking out three in two innings of work on the mound.
“The non-conference games are good because it gives us a chance to give some guys some looks at different positions,” Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “It gives us some extra at-bats too.”
For Dickinson, nine players had hits led by Hugelen who had three.
Daley and Hugelen had three RBI each, and Kobe Krenz and Nick Deschamp drove in two runs each.
Aiden Haich, Riley Odonnell, Reese Mack and Nathaniel Jilek all toed the rubber in the win for Dickinson.
“It was good to get out and play. Belfield is close by and it is good for us to play them and a different opponent,” Frenzel said. “It was a good warm up before conference games tomorrow.”
Dickinson plays at West Fargo on Thursday for two crucial conference games and this was Belfield/South Heart’s final tune up before the district tournament next week.