After a season-opening split in Grand Forks, the Roughriders traveled to Sioux Falls for the Dakota Classic tournament, where they would play four games over the weekend and look to build on their season opener from June 15.
First up was a matchup with Eden Prairie out of Minnesota on Friday night as the Roughriders looked toward a weekend filled with baseball.
However, their weekend would get off to a slow start as they dropped their first game 5-0, struggling to create any offense.
Credit Eden Prairie pitcher Brock Anderson for keeping Dickinson in check as he pitched all seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
“He kept us off balance all day,” Tyler Frenzel, Dickinson’s head coach, said. “He had good velocity (on his pitches) and didn’t walk us. We had our chances early in the game when we had runners on second and third with one out. We couldn’t get it done.”
Eden Prairie scored in each of the first three innings to give Anderson a comfortable 4-0 lead to work with.
“Against teams like that you have to get it done. You have to scratch a couple across,” said Frenzel.
It was the second time in the three games of the season that Dickinson was held scoreless.
The next game was on Saturday against Lincoln North, where the Roughriders looked to bounce back after a slow start.
It was a similar result against Lincoln North as they failed to score runs yet again and lost 8-0. Dickinson was only able to muster up two hits.
“We need better approaches at the plate,” Frenzel said after the Eden Prairie loss. “We’re seeing better pitching here and we’re not putting balls in play; we’re striking out a lot.”
Once again, the opposition scored in each of the first three innings, including five in the second to take an 8-0 lead, enough for the victory.
Isaac Daley, Landon Olson and Carson Weiler took the mound in the first game, while Kaden Krieg and Aiden Haich split the pitching duties in the next game.
Frenzel remained optimistic about his side despite the string of poor results.
“We’re playing solid baseball,” Frenzel said. “We have to clean up some walks. It was a good game, but we need to put balls in play.”
So far, the Roughriders have a 1-3 record and have allowed 20 runs, scoring only five.
Dickinson will look for more offense in their last two games of the weekend against Renner and Yankton Post 12.