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Another walk-off in doubleheader sweep for Dickinson

Dickinson and Glendive played two games but with slightly modified squads.

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Nathaniel Jilek scored off a wild pitch in game two against Glendive. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

On the heels of a doubleheader split against Bismarck Wednesday night, the Dickinson Roughriders took the field Thursday afternoon as Glendive, out of Montana, came to town.

However, it was a more relaxed doubleheader as both teams had members from their “B” squad on the “A” squads for this one as both coaches had an opportunity to evaluate some younger talent.

Dickinson wound up winning both games, 14-4 in game one and 5-4 in game two, which ended in a walk-off victory for the Roughriders.

The Roughriders put their stamp on game one early as they scored four runs in the first inning. It was a 6-1 lead going into the fifth inning as the Blue Devils put up three runs of their own in the top of the inning.

Dickinson responded with four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to make it a 14-4 victory in six innings. Drew Kovash had four RBIs and Isaac Daley chipped in three. Colin Tschetter and Troy Berg led the team with two hits apiece.

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Riley O’Donnell, who has not pitched for Dickinson all summer, got his chance to shine on the mound and went four and a third innings with two strikeouts and was scoreless in his first three innings.

Glendive committed five errors as the Roughriders had nine hits to the Blue Devils’ seven.

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Frenzel said Chase Selle was one of the new faces he was most impressed with on Thursday. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

Only five innings were scheduled to be played in game two as both teams put up three runs in the first inning. Nathaniel Jilek scored on a wild pitch and Landon Olson had a two-run single to score the runs for the hosts.

In the bottom of the third the bases were loaded for the Roughriders, but couldn't get the timely hit needed as the game remained tied.

Glendive took a 4-3 lead in the fourth as Dickinson looked to pull off another walk-off victory in the bottom of the fifth inning.

With runners on first and second, Jadon Bast laid down a bunt to advance both runners, but would reach first base himself as the Blue Devils first basemen made a charge for the bunt and forgot to cover his base.

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This loaded the bases for Drew Kovash who delivered with a two-RBI single to walk-it off for the Roughriders, their third of the summer.

Jilek pitched all five innings with five strikeouts while Berg had three hits.

Chase Selle was one of the new faces that Dickinson head coach Tyler Frenzel was impressed with on the day.

“He hasn’t been up with us this year and caught a great game,” Frenzel said. “Had a couple hits and did some nice things for us. It’s nice to evaluate those guys and see if they can play at this level.”

The Roughriders will wrap up their week in Minot on Saturday for a conference doubleheader.

“Always tough games, have to be ready to go,” Frenzel said.

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Riley O'Donnell celebrates with Drew Kovash (11) after he delivers the game-winning hit. (Race Archibald/The Dickinson Press)

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Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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