After a long road stretch, the Midgets finally got to cross their own home plate — which they did over and over and over again.
DHS (4-2, Conf.) stand fourth in the WDA conference after taking two wins from their home double header against Jamestown (1-7, Conf.). The first game began at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and for all intent and purposes the first inning was all they needed as the Midgets raked in 5 runs in a lead that they would never give up.
Bunting, coupled with speed, helped the Midgets crush Jamestown in an unusually short game. One hour and 15 minutes is all it took for DHS to chew up the Blue Jays in game one — a game that saw Issac Daley and Troy Berg tie in RBIs at three a piece, while Nathaniel Jilek brought two home and led DHS in doubles with two.
“We always talk about how speed kills and we like to do it with our legs and that puts pressure on defenses,” Head Coach Pete Dobitz said. “We worked our tail off the last couple of days on bunting and you saw in the first game some of those bunts paid off for us. Put pressure on their defense, they threw one away; they didn't have a proper fielding procedure and we got a base hit out of it.”
Aiden Haich held the Blue Jays offense in check only allowing 1 run through the entire game.
Jamestown's sole run was from Jakob Schempp, and it did not come until the fifth and final inning.
“I would like to mention Aiden Haich, he threw a great game that first game, he was one out away from a no hitter,” Dobitz said. “He kept his composure and he pitched really well.”
Game began very different than the opening contest, as Jamestown collected a quick 2 runs unearned after an error. DHS didn’t take long to regain the lead in the bottom of the first, however, and the Midget offense deviously displayed their speed stealing four bases, mostly coming from errors by the Blue Jays.
Jamestown did eventually catch on and pitcher Jacoby Nold made sure to keep an eye on first and second base, but it was just too little too late.
The final score for the second game was 12-5.
“We played some small ball, we have the ability to pound the gaps too, but we are going to play small ball; steal bases, and get some runs using our bunting technique too,” said Dobitz.
The Dickinson team would have four pitchers come into the second game. Keagan Wardner, who struck out two players from Jamestown would give a solid three outings before a wild pitch would bring in Jadon Bast to close the game. Bast racked up three strikeouts, clearing the side.
“Jason Basse did a good job too with his stick in that first game and here at the end… he threw pretty hard and closed out the game pretty well for us at the end there so I was happy with him,” Dobitz said. “Nathanal Jilek did a good job, he knocked a couple to the fence, came up with guys on second and third and knocked them in. Pretty much an all around effort amongst all the guys and I told the guys when you are having fun, and you are kind of screwing around a little, you play a lot better— you play loose.”
Dobitz did give credit to the oppositions saying that the Blue Jays never gave up, right up to the end they were battling.
The Midgets' time at home did not last long as they are scheduled for a road trip to face Williston in a non-conference game before heading to Bismarck for their next conference game scheduled for 4 p.m., on May 4, against Bismarck Century.
“It's nice to be home. We have been on the road wearing our orange jerseys alot, it's nice to be in our home whites,” Dobitz said. “I think the excitement of being on their home field really showed tonight. Been hitting the ball well, driving runs in and that's the big thing.”