MANDAN - Wednesday evening's baseball games were brought to you by the number three.
In a non-conference doubleheader at Mandan, the Dickinson Roughriders dropped game one 3-0 before winning game two 3-1 on June 12, at Mandan Memorial Ballpark.
"We didn't hit extremely well tonight, but neither did they," Dickinson head coach Tyler Frenzel said. "There was a lot of good pitching tonight."
Early runs cost the Roughriders the opener. Starting pitcher Isaac Daley struck out the first batter he faced. He proceeded to allow a singled, walked one batter and hit another to load the bases before the first run came through.
With that, Frenzel opted to put Nathaniel Jilek on the mound. Jackson Zittleman reached on a fielder's choice to push in another run before the Roughriders retired the side.
In the second, a passed ball and a balk put Parker Zander at third before he scored on a fielder's choice.
Jilek was steady the rest of the way, striking out two and keeping the Chiefs (2-8, 1-3 Division) off the board.
Pitching for Mandan was Noah Gerhardt, who went the distance, allowing six hits.
The Roughriders (7-4, 1-3 Division) got on base often, loading the bags in the first two frames, but no one was able to close the distance between third and home. Dickinson stranded 10 runners in the contest.
"We weren't there tonight. We were flat today," Frenzel said. "We got home late last night at three in the morning after the bus broke down and we came out flat. It cost us in the first game."
In game two, the visitors were able to score first, but it took four innings to finally do so. No. 8 batter Tristan Brunk and No. 9 Reese Mack both reached to start the inning. As Cody Maier singled, Brunk scored the game's first run.
Troy Berg was hit by a pitch to load the bases. One out later, Aiden Haich stepped up. He reached on a fielder's choice to plate Mack, and with an errant throw over the first baseman, Maier scored and Haich dashed to second.
"Bottom of the order, Tristan Brunk and Reese Mack, they got the rally going. They were the spark we needed," Frenzel said.
Starting pitcher Carson Weiler was efficient on the mound, throwing 5 ⅔ innings before reaching his pitch limit, fanning four batters in the process.
However, the youngster ran into trouble in the sixth. Weiler drew an immediate flyout, but followed with a single and two walks, loading the bags. A passed ball to Zander allowed Easton to score. With his pitch count nearing 100, Weiler remained in the game, striking out his fourth batter of the contest before walking Connor Seefeld to put three ducks in a row yet again.
Brunk came in and threw the final 1 ⅓ innings to earn the save.
Mandan 3, Dickinson 0
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M 210 000 0 - 3 5 0
D, Isaac Daley (0.1), Nathaniel Jilek (5.2) and Tristan Brunk. M, Noah Gerhardt and Parker Zander.
W-Gerhardt. L-Daley. HR-None.
Highlights: D, Jilek 1-2, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 K, BB; Jaren Hugelen 1-1; Cody Maier 1-4; Aiden Haich 1-3. M, Zander, 2-4; Evan Arenz 2-4; Gerhardt 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R.
Dickinson 3, Mandan 1
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M 000 001 0 - 1 5 1
D, Carson Weiler (5.2), Tristan Brunk (1.1) and Troy Berg. Alex Schaefbauer (6.2) and Isaac Huettl.
W-Weiler. L-Schaefbauer. S-Brunk. HR-None.
Highlights: D, Maier 2 H, R, RBI; Troy Berg H; Hugelen H; Krenz H; Brunk H; Mack H; Weiler 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K. M, Schaefbauer 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER).