After a rough start to the weekend, losing their first two games by a combined 13-0, the Roughriders looked to turn their fortunes around.
Unfortunately, Dickinson remained winless throughout the weekend, losing their final two games to Renner Post 307 and Yankton Post 12.
The game against Renner took place on Saturday after their 8-0 loss to Lincoln North. It was a quick turnaround for the Roughriders as they put up a fight but eventually lost the contest 4-3.
“We got down early and fought back,” head coach Tyler Frenzel said. “We had a chance at the end with runners on second and third with one out. We just couldn't get that hit to tie it up.”
After falling behind 4-0 in the first two innings, Dickinson remained tough and held Renner scoreless for the remainder of the game while they tried to cut into the deficit.
In the fifth inning, the Roughriders tacked on two runs to cut the lead in half at 4-2.
They were down two runs going into the final inning and had the tying runs on base but were unable to send them home.
Carson Weiler and Kaden Krieg had two hits apiece, with Jace Kovash and Aiden Haich both collecting an RBI.
Despite the loss, it was a much closer game than the first two and looked for one last chance for a victory over the weekend on Sunday.
Dickinson scored the most runs in a game all weekend with four, but dropped its last game to Yankton 9-4 and fell to 1-5 on the season.
Yankton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead through the first two innings. In all four games in Sioux Falls, the Roughriders allowed their opponents to score in each of the first two frames.
“I don’t know why, but we’ve been a slow starting team,” Frenzel said. “We’re trying to figure some things out there, but we’ve got to get off to better starts.”
Despite the disappointing weekend with a few players not at 100 percent, it was an opportunity for others to take the field.
“We had some guys banged up and were missing about three or four starters,” Frenzel said. “For a couple games it was nice to get some other guys in and evaluate some guys who don’t normally play.”
Nathaniel Jilek and Landon Olson split the pitching duties on the mound as Yankton extended their lead in the fifth with three more runs.
The Roughriders put up three runs in the seventh to make the scoreline 9-4 and try to provide a spark going into their first home doubleheader of the summer on Tuesday against Mandan.
“We went down there to see some better competition and we got it,” Frenzel said. “Hopefully we can carry that over to our conference play in North Dakota.”
Dickinson finished the weekend 0-4 and were outscored 26-7.