For the first time this season, the Roughriders were able to play in the comfort of their own backyard as they hosted the Mandan Chiefs in a doubleheader Tuesday night at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
After an 0-4 weekend at the Dakota Classic tournament in Sioux Falls, Dickinson were looking to right the ship and get their season back on track.
Like their first doubleheader of the summer in Grand Forks, they would split this series with Mandan to put their record at 2-6 so far.
Game one featured a couple standout performances for Dickinson. On the mound, Carson Weiler went the distance, pitching all seven innings allowing three runs, and striking out three. He also added two hits and scored a run.
Riley O’Donnell had a solo home run in the second inning to give the Roughriders a 1-0 lead. Isaac Daley’s two-run single in the third extended their lead 3-1 after Mandan tacked on a run of their own in the top of the inning.
Weiler and Nick Deschamp would both score one run apiece for a 5-1 lead in the fourth.
“We executed and got our timely hits,” head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “We turned three or four double plays, threw strikes, all around a good game.”
The Roughriders would win by a score of 5-3 and looked to sweep the Chiefs going into the nightcap.
However, Mandan took control of the second matchup and would win 10-0. They scored in every single inning as the Roughrider defense made some costly errors.
“Every time we made an error they capitalized on it and got a couple runs,” Frenzel said. “But we have to hit the ball. We can’t have only two hits. A team like that, they’re scrappy. You make an error, they’ll nickel-and-dime you and take advantage.”
There wasn’t much success from Dickinson in the second game as hits were hard to come by. The four errors didn’t help as the Chiefs slowly extended their lead by scoring a single run in five of the seven innings.
Mandan pitcher Ben Kleinknecht made it tough on Dickinson, going seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
It wasn’t as successful for Roughrider pitcher Jadon Bast, who allowed seven hits, eight runs and issued four walks.
The Roughriders were originally scheduled to travel to Billings, Montana for another tournament this weekend, but it has been cancelled. Barring a late change to the schedule, their next matchup will be against Billings 406 at home next Tuesday.