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Base-on-balls batter Dickinson's hopes in Dooley Oil Classic opener

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- As part of a week-long trip to Wyoming, the Dickinson Roughriders competed in the nightcap during the first day of the Dooley Oil Classic on Thursday, June 20.

LARAMIE, Wyo. - As part of a week-long trip to Wyoming, the Dickinson Roughriders competed in the nightcap during the first day of the Dooley Oil Classic on Thursday, June 20.

Facing off against the host Laramie Rangers, the Roughriders struggled to keep their opponent off the base paths in the middle innings.

The home team did its damage in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring seven runs in those frames en route to a 8-0 victory from Cowboy Field. The game was shortened to five innings as an eight-run advantage activates a mercy rule.

Laramie batted around in the bottom of the fourth and sent eight hitters to the plate in the fifth.

"They came out swinging and ready to play. We just couldn't get going from the get-go," Roughriders head coach Tyler Frenzel said.

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Against Dickinson starting pitcher Carson Weiler, shortstop Caleb Eaton led off the bottom of the first with a triple to center field and scored four pitches later on an RBI single from Aiden Morris, who had three hits on the day.

Allowing two runners in the second and loading the bases in the third, Weiler escaped trouble until the fourth. Starting pitcher Tyler Oppie singled to start the frame before consecutive walks loaded the bases with no outs. On four straight pitches, Weiler allowed a third straight base-on-balls, as Eaton earned an RBI with the free base to make it 2-0. Next, Morris added to his RBI total with a two-run single, which knocked Weiler out of the game.

Weiler's final line read: five earned runs relinquished on seven hits and six walks while striking out four.

"Walks killed us," Frenzel said. "Carson had a little trouble with his command. Then they had a couple of big hits and scored a few runs."

Oppie and Eaton made it difficult for the Roughriders to respond. The duo combined to allow no runs on just three hits and two walks through five innings of work.

The visitors had their best chance to score in the top of the fourth when center fielder Nathaniel Jilek singled and shortstop Kobe Krenz walked, putting baserunners on first and second with just one out. Eaton worked his way out of the jam by striking out Weiler and inducing a groundout from outfielder Justin Berger to end the threat.

"They gave us very few opportunities to do anything today. Their pitchers did a nice job," Frenzel said.

Dickinson pitchers Troy Berg and Tristen Brunk combined to allow six more walks in the fifth, three of which were with the bases loaded to end the game.

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The Roughriders will return to Cowboy Field on Friday to take on Torrington (Wyo.). First pitch is scheduled at 12:15 p.m.

"We got to regroup and be ready to go," Frenzel said. "We got a lot of baseball to play the next couple of days."

Laramie Rangers 8, Dickinson Roughriders 0 (F/5)

DR 000 00 - 0 3 1

LR 100 43 - 8 8 1

DR: Carson Weiler (3.0), Troy Berg (1.1), Tristen Brunk (0.1) and Logan Bentz. LR: Tyler Oppie (3.1), Caleb Eaton (1.2) and Aiden Morris.

W-Oppie. L-Weiler. HR-None.

Highlights: DR: Kobe Krenz 1-2, BB; Nathaniel Jilek 1-2; Troy Berg 1-3, 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, K. LR: Morris 3-3, BB, 4 RBI, R; Eaton 1-2, 3B, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 R, 2 K; Ramon Gomez 1-3, BB, RBI.

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